There were no major surprises locally yesterday, the first day of the national signing period for senior high school basketball players.
Maryland, as expected, got signatures from Len Bias, a 6-foot-8 all-America forward from Northwestern High School, and 6-1 guard Jeff Baxter from Carroll. A Maryland spokesman said the school is awaiting the signatures of 6-10 forward Bryan Palmer and 6-8 forward Ed Farmer.
Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell said he is still searching for a shooting guard and a center. The guard could prove to be Andre McCloud of H.D. Woodson.
George Washington's Gerry Gimelstob said he signed four players: 6-8 forward Darryl Webster of Coolidge, 6-4 Chester Wood of Carroll, guard Steve Frick from South Carolina and forward Craig Helms, from Yorktown, Va. GW also is expected to sign Troy Webster, one of New Jersey's best players.
Virginia Coach Terry Holland's recruiting success probably won't be decided until May 14, when 7-4 center Ralph Sampson makes known his decision on whether he will pass up his final year of eligibility to turn professional.
However, Virginia expects to get a signature this week from Kenny Lambiotte, 6-4 guard from Woodstock, Va., who averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds as a senior. Lambiotte is considered a better football quarterback than basketball player.
Georgetown signed South Lakes guard Michael Jackson and David Wingate of Dunbar in Baltimore, a 6-5 guard, is expected to announce on Thursday that he will attend GU.
One player who had reportedly considered Georgetown, 6-9 forward Waymon Tisdale, signed with Oklahoma. Tisdale, from Tulsa, was one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation. He will join his brother William, who signed with the Sooners last year but missed the entire season because of a knee injury.
Benoit Benjamin, a 7-footer from Monroe, La., was also recruited by Georgetown. He said he probably won't make his decision until early May. He has reportedly decided to visit Louisiana State, Creighton, Grambling and Hawaii. He has reserved the option to visit either Kentucky and Georgia as a fifth alternative.
Johnny Dawkins, a 6-2 guard from Mackin and the top-rated player in the Washington area, signed with Duke.
Other heavily recruited high school seniors that have signed include Wardell Curry, a 6-5 guard from Fort Defiance, Va., with Virginia Tech; 6-9 forward Kerry Boagni from Gardena, Calif., with Kansas; 6-8 forward Marty Embry from Flint, Mich., with De Paul; 7-foot center Lamone Lampley from Chicago with De Paul, and 6-3 guard Alonzo Skanes from Chicago with Minnesota.