Except for Virginia, which topped off an already outstanding basketball recruiting season with 7-foot-4 Ralph Sampson, there is little cause for alumni and fan celebration among area schools this season.

Many of the area's eight other Division I schools went about filling specific gaps and did reasonably well in accomplishing that goal.

Here is a school-by-school rundown of this year's signees. All schools except Georgetown say they have completed their recruiting:

AMERICAN U. - Coach Gary Williams was looking to improve at guard, where Stan Lamb Flunked out and point man Mark Gerlitos graduated, and at forward to take some of the scoring pressure off star Boo Bowers.

He signed Ed Sloane of Mackin, the Eagles' first area recruit in five years, as a shooting guard; Gordon Austin of Linden, N.J., who is expected to step in for Garlitos; junior college transfer Robin Huey, another point guard, and 6-8 Raymond McCarthy of Pittman, N.J., a good outside shooter.

Chris Knoche, a 6-2 1/2 guard from Woodson, becomes eligible after transferring from Colorado and sitting out a year.

CATHOLIC U. - Cardinal Coach Jack Kvancz thought his major problem last season, beside injuries, was leadership at point guard. He got his No. 1 recruiting target, 6-2 Tom Lamb from Dover, Del.

CU also signed 6-3 John Rogers, nephew of former Catholic Coach Dick Myers, and 6-7 David Blue of Prospect Hall in Frederick, Md., who averaged 29 points per game last season. Rogers, from Wilmington, is expected to back up second guard Joe Colletta.

GEORGE MASON - With an already young team, Coach John Linn signed only two players: 6-8, 215-pound forward Ken Wilson of Middletown, Md., who scored 62 points in two state Class C tournament games at College Park, and 6-2 guard Tom Huffman, the most valuable player in the Virginia AA Northwestern District.

GEORGE WASHINGTON - With three starters graduating, Coach Bob Tallent made a rare trip to the JuCo ranks and came up with two potential starters in addition to three high-school recruits. Four of the five Colonial recruits are forwards.

The only nonforward is 6-1 guard Tom Gore, a 25-year-old Army veteran from State Fair J.C., Sedalia, Mo. He will be the Colonials' only true point guard and probably will take over Tom Tate's position, with junior-to-be Curtis Jeffries switching to the other guard.

The other JuCo transfer is 6-6 Curtis Smith, a burly 210-pound forward from Seminole (Fla.) JC.He is expected to push starter Tom Glenn and sophomore Dave Thornton for a starting job. The other recruits are 6-7 Nip Rogers from Lake Placid, N.Y.; 6-7 Dan Sullivan from Greenlawn, N.Y., and 6-3 Oscar Wilmington from Ravenna, Ohio, Rogers had the most impressive stats - 27 points, 20 rebounds per game.

GEORGETOWN - Hoya Coach John Thompson usually announces his recruits late, and this year is no exception. The Hoyas, who need a backup center and backup point guard, thus far have announced only the signing of 6-7 Barry Scott of Baltimore, a top player who could replace Craig Shelton in two years.

Al Dutch, a small forward and starter as a sophomore before dropping out of school after his junior season, is expected to re-enroll for the fall.

HOWARD - The Bison, with a beefed-up schedule this season, lacked a complete player at the second guard position last season. Coach A.B. Williamson says 6-5 Bernard Perry of Atlanta, an all-state player, is the main to fill the position. Williamson says Perry is the best player he has recruited from high school in his five seasons at Howard.

With transfer point guard Rodney Wright and forward James Ratiff becoming eligible, the only other Bison recruit is 6-1 point guard Harlan Frye of Greensboro, N.C.

MARYLAND - What Coach Lefty Driesell needed most, a big, quality center, he failed to get. The Terps, with a parcel of talent returning signed only two players - JuCo guard Jose Sosa, who may be a sleeper at the point, and 6-8 Mark Fothergill from Somerset, Ky.

Sosa, recruited by former Maryland star and part-time assistant coach John Lucas, currently is playing on Puerto Rico's Pan American Games team.

NAVY - Kevin Sinnett finally graduated, so the Mids need sone new scorers and Coach Bob Hamilton recruited four.

Dave Brooks, a 6-1 point guard from Lawrenceville, Ill., followed Kentucky's Jay Shidler at his high school and is considered a good scorer. The others are 6-4 Bill Freitag from St. John's, Sinnetths alma mater; 6-5 wing guard David Smith of St. Louis and 6-5 Jim Kuzma of Steubenville, Ohio, the third member of his family to play for the Mids.

VIRGINIA - "I don't think people gave us credit for having the kind of recruiting year we had prior to signing Ralph because he overshadowed everything else,c said Cavalier Coach Terry Holland. "We had a very, very fine recruiting year even before he came into the picture."

The Wahoos signed two guards: Doug Newburg from Langley High and Fork Union Military Academy, and Darren Cross of Queens, N.Y., who prepped in Wilson, Va. They also came up with 6-8 Lewis Lattimore of Allegany CC, perhaps the sleeper of the crop, and 6-8 Craig Robinson of Montclair, N.J., a highly recruited forward.