The Knight of Columbus high school basketball tournament scheduled for March 18-20 has been shifted to the D.C. Armory from Catholic University.

Officials anticipate a large turnout to see the eight-team tournament which includes unbeaten West Philadelphia (23-0), considered by many as the nation's top scholastic quintet.

The Armory will sit 10,000 as compared to Catholic's 2,000-seat capacity.

West Philadelphia has high-school, all-America Michael Banks, a 6-foot-7 forward who is headed to Duke. The Philadelphia team drew 10,000 fans in Baltimore March 6 when it defeated Baltimore Dunbar, 83-65.

Area teams form half of the field. Metro champ st. John's (23-2), Interhigh titlist Mckinley (23-2), IAC winner Georgetown Prep (20-30) and interhigh playoff champion Spingarn (20-l) will participate.

Completing the field will be the Philadelphia Northern Division champ, Archbishop Caroll (23-6), the Philadelphia Southern Division victor Father Judge (17-12), and Tolentine of New York.

Quarter-final games are scheduled for next Friday at 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. with pairings to be announced later. Times have not been set for the Semi-final and final rounds. There will be action in both winners' and losers' brackets.