Almost three weeks after the date high school basketball players could begin signing national letters of college intent, Georgetown. George Washington and Navy have yet to sign one.
American and Maryland have signed one player each, Howard two and Catholica three.
The situation is not that bad as Georgetown, which has only two scholarships available the NCAA limit is 15). But coaches Bob Tallent of GW and Bob Hamilton of Navy both acknowledge they have lost the players they wanted and needed.
GW, however, has signed guard Brian Magid, the sharpshooter transferring from Maryland. He will sit out next season, but has two years of eligibility remaining.
A closer look at area recreuiting, in alphabetical order, with the latest summary of Atlantic Coast Conference recruiting and a surprise contender for national recruiting honors this year:
American - Coach Jim Lynam lost an unnamed superb forward he thought he had locked up. He has signed Mark Garlitos, a 6-foot point guard from Haddonfield, N.J., whom he describes as a sound player. Lynam [WORD ILLEGIBLE] is shopping for a big forward and another guard.
He also announced that Tom Pfotzer,a 6-10 center from Washington, Del., will return to school after dropping out a year for personal reasons.
Catholic - Coach Jack Kyancz thinks he has filled his first priority, a shoting guard to replace Glen Kolonics, the Cardinals' all-time leading scorer. The two recruits are Dave Butler, 6-3 naaonal JUCO scoring leader, and 6-2 1/2 Joe Coletta of Bergen, N.J.
Kvancz also signed Dennis Dempsey, a 5-9 point guard from St. John's and has one more scholarship available. He will use it on a big forward if he can find one.
George Washington - Tallent was heartbroken over losing Dave Mulquin of Georgetown Prep to Holy Cross, a late entry in the chase for the 6-6 All-Met forward, who Virginia also heavily recruited. GW also 6-5 forward Jeff Riley of Louisville, Ky., to Georgia Tech and 6-10 Mike Ice of Winchester, Va., to Penn State, in "us or them situations.
"We had some grade problems this year," Tallent said. "Once we found out their grades and college boards we couldn't get them into school. And the ones we could get, and wanted, went elsewhere."
Georgetown - John Thompson is the most secretive of area coaches about the players he recruits. He said he is after top-notch players who can help his program immediately: otherwise he might not sign anyone this year. "My primary concern is to recruit Craig Shelton's leg into good shape," he said of his sophomore-to-be forward.
The scuttlebutt on the Hoyas is that All-Met guard Mark Clark of Gwynn Park wants to attend Georgetown, but will have to wait for final grades to see if he can predict a 2.0 average needed for a scholarship. Prep school is a definite possibility for him. Thompson also likes Dunbar's Ken Matthews, who reportedly will go ACC - to either North Carolina State, Clemson or Wake Forest.
Howard - Coach A. B. Williamson is finding area players unreceptive. He wanted point guard Rodney Wright of Eastern, who chose Oral Roberts, Williamson has landed Andrew Byrd, a 5-9 point guard from Ft. Lauderdle, Fla. The All-State selection averaged 19 points, 12 assists and is the quick, heady playmaker Williamson says the Bisons have lacked.
Maryland - The Terps are stil in the Albert King sweepstakes and appear close to getting Hampton, Va., All-America forward Art Jones, also hotly pursued by Wake Forest and N. C. State. Greg Manning, 6-2 point guard from Steelton, Pa., is the only Terp signed, Herb Williams, 6-10 center from Columbus, Ohio, believed locked up by Ohio State, is now a longshot to end up at Maryland.
Other players coach Lefty Driesell coveted have signed elsewhere: 6-9 Pete Budko at North Carolina, 6-9 Wayne McKoy at St. John's and 6-7 Earvin Johnson at Michigan State.
Navy - "I don't have anyone of any repute at all," said Hamilton, in his first recruiting year at the academy. "The possibility of getting someone like that is slim.
"The situation is, bluntly, we didn't talk to enough god players early enough and identify those players who met our criteria: good enough to play, academically qualified, not turned off by the military. I did not have a good background in the academy. It limited my ability to sign players this year."
ACC - Only three of the nation's top prospects have signed in what has been a mediocre recruiting year. They are Gene Banks at Duke, Jeff Lamp at Virginia and Budko. Virginia and Duke have had the most success recruiting, causing one ACC assistant to preduct, only half in jest: "Everybody will finish 6-6 next season."
Clemson has signed 6-10, 250-pound JUCO transfer John Campbell and is still in the running for 6-11 Gil Salinas and Ken Matthews. Salinas also includes Wake Forest in his final list, but is likely headed to Notre Dame, North Carolina, which appeared to have point guard Darnell Valentine of Wichita, Kan., and forward Al Wood, a 6-6 forward from the Atlanta area, virtually signed a month ago, now might lose both, to Kansas and UCLA, respectively.
N.C. State, whose All-America forward Kenny Carr probably will go in the NBA draft as an underclassman, and from where three players have transferred, has signed six players, none that highly touted. Ken Montgomery, a 6-6 forward from Indianapolis, reportedly is the best, and Pete Pender, a talented power forward from Miami-Dade JC, is latest signee, supposedly as Carr's replacement.
The national surprise is St. John's. The Jamaica, N.Y., school could land King, who would be icing on the cake for a year in which Lou Carnesecca signed McKoy, a strong defensive center, and Frank Gilroy, a 6-5 shooting forward from Long Island to go with 6-8 returnee George Johnson and transfers Reggie Carter from Hawaii and Bernie Rencher from Notre Dame.