Greg Manning a 6-foot-2 point guard from Steelton, Pa., is Maryland's first basketball recruit for next season.

Manning signed an Atlantic Coast Conference letter-of-intent Sunday night, his high-school coach, Marty Benkovich, said yesterday. Manning is described in recruiting circles as a Brad Davis-type player who shoots extremely well.

He was not heavily recruited until recently, when he averaged 35 points a game for nine games throughout the Pennsylvania AAA playoffs. His team was runner-up for the title. For the season, Manning averaged 26.8 points, 60 per cent from the floor and 77 per cent from the foul line, eight assists and eight rebounds per game.

"He can shoot from 20 feet easily and he penetrates well," said Denkovich. "His best attribute? His court awareness. He just knows where everybody else is. That's what's going to help him at Maryland."

At the time Maryland started recruiting Manning, the only major school that had paid much attention to him was Virginia Military Institute. Then Duke, Tennessee, Villanova and La Salle also started recrulting him heavily. Manning finished the season by making the AP and UPI All-State team and being elected most valuable player in the Pennsylvania East-West game, a preliminary to the Dapper Dan Classic.