The Metro All-Stars will be missing several of their top players when they face a tall U.S.S.R. junior basketball team at 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson High School in Fairfax.
According to Metro coach Red Jenkins, Loyola of Baltimore's 6-foot-9 Pete Budko, Hampton's 6-4 Art Jones, St. John's 6-10 Justin Ellis and Paint Branch's player of the year, 6-5 Tracy Jackson, will not play.
Budko and Jones are unable to make the daily practices at W.T. Woodson High. Jackson, recently back from a 10-day basketball tour of Europe, and Ellis, who also missed some school while playing in Santo Domingo, have decided to skip the second annual game and concentrate on making up school assignments.
Another All-Met player, Kenny Matthews of Dunbar, also may not play because of other commitments.
W.T. Woodson coach Jenkins has added his own center, Armand Mancini; Oxon Hill's Booty Neal, 6-5, and Georgetown Prep's 6-7 Dave Mulquin to the team. As injury insurance, Jenkins has also tapped 6-6 Anthony Young and 6-1 George Richardson of No. 1-ranked T. C. Williams and 6-4 Gerald Sherrill of Wakefield as alternates.
The original membes of the local all-stars, who were trounced by a U.S. all-star team, 112-92, in the Capital Classic in March, are DuVal's Garcia Hopkins, Eastern's James Ratiff and Rodney Wright, McKinley's Gary Jordan, St. John's Mark Pitchford and T. C. Williams' Craig Harris.
The Soviet team features five players 6-8 or taller, including 6-10 Nikelay Deryugin, 6-9 Aleksandr Yermolinsky and 6-8 Igor Nazarenko.
The game will be the first on a 10 city tour for the U.S.S.R. youth team.
Last year, the Soviet visitors dominated the locals, 31-56, before 4,000 at Capital Centre.
The affair is sponsored by the AAU and the Robinson High School Booster Club. Tickets are available only at Robinson. Admission is $4.