Maybe the Cap Classic will afford a look at such as Sam Bowie, 6-11, of Lebanon, Pa., touted as maybe the best big man currently fair recruiting game -- and rumored a good bet to pick Maryland. And Ralph Sampson, the 7-2-or-up Harrisonburg, Va., phenom eyed by Terps and all around ACC but (says the Roanoke Times) a fair shot to opt for Kentucky. Fresh fuel for that could be in yesterday's word from Lexington that starting center Chuck Aleksinas "apparently quit the team because he wasn't playing enough." The 6-10 Aleskinas didn't show for practice after the Saturday night loss to Tennessee lowered the defending NCAA champs to 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference; starting all 13 games, he logged 366 minutes, scored 11.5 an outing.

How about Bill Harvey of Hampton Bays (N.Y.) High? The other night the 6-1 senior guard saw four of his teammates foul out against Eastport, and with three minutes left in regulation, his side was down to three players. Harvey merely played like three rolled into one, carried the action into overtime, then scored 20 points in the extra three minutes -- for a total of 62 and a 112-103 Hampton Bays victory. Harvey made 38 of his points on 45 free throws; hmm, doesn't say how many of the opposition fouled out guarding him.

Kallie Knoetze, the South African heavyweight contender, left the Fort Lauderdale hearing by a federal judge yesterday on his plea to overturn permanently the State Department's revocation of his visa with no decision, case continued to Friday.