2005 Available Big Man

Anthony Sparks may not be in game shape - yet. But he's an agile 6-foot-9 lefty who showed plenty of promise - and the phone hasn't been ringing much of late.

Nearly everyone can use a big guy, so why is Murray-Wright (Mich.) 6-8, 315-pound senior Anthony Sparks sitting around just waiting for his phone to ring.

Sparks missed nearly the entire season with a torn meniscus suffered back in December. He started the season fairly strong with a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in a victory against King, but he spend most of his time on the sidelines.

Sparks, an agile lefty, estimates he's about 70 percent right now, and he's planning on suiting up for Team Michigan in April.

``I'm not getting any Division 1 calls anymore," said Sparks, who attends the same high school that produced Robert "Tractor" Traylor. "Everyone has backed off. They probably don't want to take a chance on my knee injury."

That's part of it. The other parts are academics and conditioning.

Sparks realizes he needs to get in better shape, but he's just one point shy of qualifying to play as a freshman.

``I feel I can go in almost anywhere and play once I get into shape," Sparks added.

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