Jimmy Stepp, the leading high school basketball scorer in Kentucky as a senior but a reserve guard at George Washington University his first two seasons, said yesterday he will transfer to another school this fall for personal reasons.

Stepp, who was hampered by a severe groin injury last season and played only 189 minutes in 20 games, listed his father's health, being closer to his Inez, Ky., home, the possibility of playing with his younger brother and his lack of playing time at GW as reasons why he is leaving GW.

Stepp said he and his brother Ervin, a 6-foot-3 1/2 guard who averaged a national-high 53 points this season at Sheldon Clark High, are considering Eastern Kentucky. Morehead State, Furman, Auburn and South Alabama.

Sources close to the situation say Stepp likely will end up at Eastern Kentucky, about a two-hour drive from his family home, because there is less likelihood the brothers would be able to play together at Morehead.

Both brothers play the shooting guard position, but Jimmy Stepp said yesterday he feels that he can learn to play as point guard during the year he sits out as a transfer under NCAA rules.