Earl Jones, Spingarn's all-America high school basketball player, said yesterday he has ruled out Maryland and has narrowed his choice of schools to UCLA, Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of the District of Columbia.
"I don't know if I will visit any more schools," said the 6-foot-10 Jones, who averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the city champion Green Wave (24-2) this season. "I liked both schools (UCLA and Vegas). If I stayed here, I would attend UDC. I have said before the school I attend doesn't have to be a big, well-known one."
Jones must project a 2.0 grade-point average to be eligible for an NCAA Division I grant-in-aid and many schools have backed off because they didn't feel he could project that average.
If no Division I grant is forthcoming, Jones likely would enroll at UDC, a Division II school.
His guardian, William (Doc) Robinson, predicted Jones will "come close to getting that 2.0.
"It will be very close but he is doing well over 'B' work," said Robinson. "But even if he gets the 2.0, UDC is still a good possibility. Earl likes Coach (Wil) Jones and the area. But the decision is his."
Jones recently ruled out De Paul, which felt it had the inside track as late as last week, and Marquette. Robinson also said Jones would "not turn pro after this year unless the money was in the high six figures."