Despite signing all-America basketball players Patrick Ewing and William Martin, Georgetown University Coach John Thompson said yesterday he isn't ready to call this a totally successful recruiting year, because he isn't finished. The final signature that would bring a smile to Thompson's face and close up shop would be that of Dunbar's Anthony Jones.
"I can't be satisfied because Anthony Jones is still very much on my recruiting list and he hasn't decided," Thompson said. "I have two of the best in Patrick and William and I'd be very pleased to have Anthony. Until then, I can't measure what I have against anyone else in the country.
"I'd be disappointed if Jones went to North Carolina, but that's his prerogative," Thompson said. "I would have been disappointed had I lost or William. That's only natural. I respect Joe (Davidson, Dunbar coach) because he feels he's doing what is best for his players. He runs his program the way he thinks is best and I have to respect that."
The 6-foot-6 Jones, considered one of the finest forwards in the nation, is considering both Georgetown and North Carolina. He said yesterday he plans to play in an all-star game in Akron and will decide soon after he returns.
Even without Jones, Thompson has pulled off a great coup with the acquisition of Ewing, considered the class of the centers, and the high-leaping 6-7 Martin of McKinley Tech.
Meanwhile, George Washington, despite a change in coaches that hampers recruiting continuity, has emerged well in the recruiting game under new Coach Gerry Gimelstob, a former assistant under Bob Knight at Indiana.
He wasted little time trying to cure one of GW's ills, signing 6-9 rebounder Mike Brown of East Orange, N.J. The all-America averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in leading Clifford Scott High School to the Group Two state championship this year.
Brown will have some help inside with redshirts 6-9 Penny Elliott, who transferred from VCU, 6-8 Mike Neville from Catholic and 6-1 Mike Bray, formerly of De Matha and Northwest Louisiana.
The Colonials also are looking for a point guard and a shooting guard on whom to use their other two available scholarships and have joined the chase for St. John's all-Met, 6-1 point guard Karl Racine, who was reportedly headed for American if he decided to remain in the area.
The Eagles, coming off their finest season ever, would love to have the smooth Racine, particularly since they have signed 6-8 J.D. Springer of Oak Hill Academy (Va.), who will team inside with redshirt 6-7 Andre Adams. AU also signed 6-1 guard Jay Samonsky from De Matha.
Maryland signed 6-8 all-America Adrian Branch from De Matha, who could step into the departing Albert King's spot, and 6-5 shooting guard Jeff Adkins of Martinsville, W. Va. Terrapin Coach Lefty Driesell still is in the chase for 7-3 Uwe Blab of Effingham, Ill., and 6-10 Bobby Lee Hurt of Huntsville, Ala. Hurt has reportedly narrowed his choices to Maryland and Alabama; Maryland is considered a long shot for Blab, who most likely will remain in the state, at the University of Illinois.
Virginia has signed four players, hoping to find replacements for the graduating Jeff Lamp and Lee Raker. The top guard signed is 6-1 Kenny Johnson of Loyola of Baltimore. Dan Merrifield, a 6-6 forward from Linwood, N.J., 6-5 Tim Mullen from Ridgewood, N.J., and 6-1 Jim Runcie from New Hyde Park, N.Y., were the other recruits. The Cavaliers are also among the final schools on the list of 6-8 Jim Miller of Princeton, N.J.
George Mason saw a promising season evaporate when 6-10 Andre Gaddy and 6-4 Terry Henderson went down with injuries severe enough to warrant being redshirted last season, but will have both back next year. Coach Joe Harrington also signed 6-2 Michael Yohe from Steelton (Pa.) Highspire, the same school that produced Greg Manning, and 6-8 Pierre LaMitte of Massanutten Academy. But the player Harrington covets most is Flint Hill all-Met Carlos Yates, who has yet to decide.
Howard and Navy have yet to sign anyone. UDC is Expected to announce soon the signing of former Mackin all-Met guard Kenny Payne, who left Rutgers after the Christmas holidays. Both Howard and UDC are still looking for power forwards.