One day last fall, Gary Williams, American University's basketball coach, called Red Jenkins, the coach at W.T. Woodson High School.

Williams wanted to talk to Jenkins about Pete Holbert, Woodson's classy 6-foot-6 senior forward.

"To tell you the truth," Jenkins said, "Pete thinks he can play above your level. He's thinking ACC".

Williams blanched. What could he reply? If he said he thought Holbert would be better off in his program it would sound as if he was questioning the player's ability. If he agreed Holbert was that good, then Jenkins' argument was legitimate.

Catch-22. Williams gave up.

Tonight, when American plays at Maryland (9 p.m., WJLA-TV-7), Holbert will be on the Terrapin bench. If the game is a blowout, he will play. If it is close, he will not.

"If he were with us, he'd be playing right now," Williams said. "But you can't blame a kid for wanting to try the ACC. They see it on television when they're growing up and they dream about it.

"We have to convince kids that at American we can offer them things they can't get in the ACC, like playing time, like a campus right in the nation's capital. But it isn't easy."

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