Shaar and Gwendelyn Mustaf have heard and read all the horror stories about the college recruitment of black high school athletes, about too many athletes who fail to come close to graduating and about too many athletes who fail to prepare themselves for life after sports. And they think too many colleges fail to provide the necessary guidance to their athletes.

At present, the Mustafs are in the midst of helping their basketball-playing son Jerrod, a 6-foot-10, highly recruited senior at DeMatha High School, select a college. The Mustafs are trying to select a school they feel will have their son's interest at heart.

"In looking at the entire situation, I felt with the revenues the colleges bring in because of the skills of these black athletes, there should be a fairer way to do things," said Shaar Mustaf. "There are 10 players on the court, but none on the benches {coaches}, on press row or in the {broadcasting} booth. I think it's only fair if these schools can benefit from these athletes, they should make a more determined effort to graduate these players, offer them jobs and guide these players into fields where they can use the degree they obtain for the rest of their lives."

The Mustafs have had considerable time to contemplate how they would approach the recruitment of their son.

"As Jerrod began to grow and show potential in his skills, we would sit and watch games and point out these shortcomings as far as blacks participating," said Shaar Mustaf, a native of Whiteville, N.C., and Greenbelt resident. "There just were no blacks anywhere. Where was the fairness of it all?"

The Mustafs then formulated their criteria for universities recruiting their son. When they got down to a workable number of schools that showed interest in Jerrod and vice versa, they sent them a questionnaire to fill out. Those schools will hopefully return the questionnaire and make their home visit. Then the Mustafs will make their big decision.

The eight schools who will make their visits between now and Oct. 7, the early NCAA recruiting period, are Maryland, Howard, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke, Syracuse and Villanova. The elder Mustaf said he and his family were very much interested in Georgetown, but that school hasn't actively recruited young Mustaf.

Jerrod, who has shown marked improvement each year since he went to DeMatha as a freshman, said he thinks the questionnaire is a very good idea.

"I talked it over with several of my friends at school, trying to see if they would be interested," said Mustaf, who has already made the required 700 on the SAT test and is a B-plus student. "I was impressed with {former Georgetown player} Pat Ewing and {former Virginia player} Ralph Sampson, who graduated on time. I plan to graduate on time. I've read about the black athletes who didn't graduate and maybe it is about time someone says something about the situation from an athlete's point of view."

The questions listed on his questionnaire (in no particular order of importance) were: What percentage of your university's faculty positions are held by blacks? What percentage of your university's tenured positions are held by blacks? What is the nature of the academic and social support available to black students designed to address the unique circumstances many of them bring to the higher education environment? What percentage of black students who enroll at your university actually graduate? What percentage of black members of your basketball team have graduated during the last 10 years? What has been the academic major distribution of your basketball players during the past five years? What percentage of your athletic department's procurement budget is awarded annually to black-owned businesses? Is there an academic adviser, full- or part-time, available to your basketball team? What percentage of your university's top administration positions are held by blacks? What positions do blacks occupy on your athletic department staff?

The Mustafs say they don't think it was asking too much of a university to come up with those figures if they were indeed interested in educating their athletes.

"All we want to do," said Shaar Mustaf, "is see the complete picture of the university where our son will be attending."