Gale Catlett, West Virginia University's coach, won't talk to any reporters for "the time being." Catlett was angered by a newspaper story about the recruiting of Renardo Brown of Detroit. Brown announced last month that he would attend West Virginia, and the Detroit Free Press said Catlett may have violated NCAA rules by speaking at the news conference called by Brown. The story appeared in many West Virginia papers.
In Baltimore, David Wingate, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward at Dunbar High, said he will attend Georgetown next season. He picked Georgetown over Maryland and Georgia, he said, because of the way GU Coach John Thompson handled Georgetown's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA championship final. "David and his family were really impressed at how positively John treated Fred Brown after his bad pass at the end of the championship game," said Dunbar Coach Bob Wade. Wingate averaged 21 points and seven rebounds this season . . . The Sporting News polled NBA players and they picked Moses Malone of the Rockets as the league's player of the year, 70 votes to 50, over Larry Bird of the Celtics. Julius Erving of the 76ers, George Gervin of the Spurs and Gus Williams of the SuperSonics complete the all-star team. Isiah Thomas of the Pistons was named rookie of the year. He got 65 votes to 59 for Buck Williams of the Nets. In a separate TSN poll, Ralph Miller of Oregon State was voted collegiate coach of the year.