The Buck will stop at College Park, joined by a Reggie Jackson minus the candy bar. At George-town, the market will get Bullis. And at George Washington, the Colonials will proceed a Stepp at a time.
The aforementioned basketballers -- Charles (Buck) Williams, Jackson, Jeff Bullis and Jimmy Stepp -- are some of the Standout players signed, sealed and soon to be delivered to eargerly awaiting area college coaches.
In this group there doesn't appear to be any one-man franchises, but there are several players who can make immediate contributions in areas where their prospective teams need help, Maryland should benefit from talented playmakers Jackson and Dutch Morley.
The 6-foot-4 Jackson, named to every All-America team that counts as a senior at Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High, is expected to step in immediately as the Terp floor general. Jackson averaged 18.6 points per game in his career and guided Roman Catholic to a 32-4 mark as a senior.
"Jackson is a lot like John Lucas," observes Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell. "He can play three positions; point guard, shooting guard and small forward." However, Driesell emphasized that every position on the team is open.
One player who will offer Jackson competition for the playmaker slot is DeMatha All-Met Morley. Morley did not score much (5.8) last season for the nationally top-ranked Stags, but his playmaking ability (seven assists while playing two quarters per game) and hard-nosed play (five charges taken per contest) helped the Stags to a 26-0 mark and a 103-5 record in his four years as a starter.
Driesell's best recruiting coup, however, was the signing of Williams out of North Carolina Coach Dean smith's own backyard. The 6-8 forward led Rocky Mount to the North Carolina state championship, averaging 22 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots per game.He had narrowed his choices to North Carolina and Maryland.
Also signed by Maryland is 6-10 center Taylor Baldwin of Greenwich, Conn. Baldwin, who had a 23-point, 15-rebound average in his senior year, is considered a couple of years away from making any impact in college ball.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson signed a pair of guards and a swing man among his four recruits to try and replace all-time leading scorer Derrick Jackson and fellow back court man Mike Riley.
Ron Blaylock of Winston-Salem, N.C., was player of the year in his district as he compiled a 17-point, seven-rebound average for the state's third-ranked team, East Forsyth High. The 6-foot-3 guard is described by Thompson as "a tremendous competitor with a good attitude. He is the type of player we are looking for, a winner."
Eric Floyd, a 6-3 guard from Gastonia, N.C., and swing man Eric Smith of Potomac's Churchill high School, come in with even more impressive statistics. Floyd averaged 23 points and five assists while hitting 52 percent of his shots in his senior year. Smith also scored 23 points and pulled down eight boards to make the All-Met squad.
Bullis, a 6-7, 215-pound forward from Bel Air, scored at the rate of 22.6 per game, shooting with 57 percent accuracy and grabbing 14 rebounds. "He will provide us with inside muscle," Thompson assessed. Bullis' shooting ability has impressed crowds as Washington Urban Coalition summer league games.
Howard University had its best recruiting year in Coach A. B. Williamson's three years. The Bison, who lost starting forwards Gerald glover and Mike Nettles and top reserve John Smith, picked up six front court men and a guard.
the blue-chipper among the group is third-team junior college All-America Larry Springs, a 1977 graduate of Hyattsville's Northwestern High School. Spriggs, 6-7, averaged 20.7 points and 14 rebounds for San Jacinto College last season.
Six-foot-five Kenny Holmes of Toledo will get a shot at filling the other vacant forward slot. He is considered a good rebounder and defensive player. Also signed by the Bison were 6-8 forward James Terry of Cleveland and Lawrence Norfleet of St. Louis, and 6-5 clifford Howard of Atlanta.
Rodney Willmore, 6-10, 220 pounds, of Southeast Community College in Nebraska and Cardozo High (76), will see backup duties at center. all-Metro Conference guard Moe Young of Mackin brings his defensive prowess to the Bison back court.
Stepp, a 33-point scorer last season for Kentucky's Sheldon Clark High, and 6-8 Dave Thorton (19 points and 18 rebounds) of Pittsburgh's state champion Schenley, will vie for playing time on a George Washington team that returns most of last season's regulars. Thorton, an aggressive rebounder, will try to take departed Les Anderson's spot at strong forward and will also play some backup center.
Brian Magrid, who sat out last season after transferring from Maryland, will complete a guard corps that Colonial Coach Bob Tallent calls his strongest ever.
At American University, first-year Coach Gary Williams has recruited 5-9 point guard Steve Bond, a playmaker for Philadelphia's Martin Luther King; 6-8 forward Robert Harvey, a transfer from La Salle; and wing guard Chris Dye, who started for Manhattan College as a freshman before transferring.
Bill Dankos, a 6-5, 220-pound transfer from Penn State, will give Catholic University much-needed power inside. Six-8 Mike Neville of Poolesville and 6-5 Bill Dooley of Rumson, N.J., each averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard tom Green, 5-9, transferred from Wesley Junior College where he averaged a school record 22.5 points.
George Mason, lacking scoring at guard last year, signed guards to four of its five scholarships. Chief among them is Steve Pearson, an All-Catholic League selection at Philadelphia's Cardinal Dougherty. Pearson contributed eight assists per game in his senior year, his fourth as a starter.
Greg Deegan of Philadelphia's Hill School (25 ppg.), Russ Alexander of Niagara Community College, Lee High School's Mike Shearer (24 points, six assists), and 6-8 forward Gary Randall of Bridgewater, N.J., also signed with the Cardinals.