Three Washington-area basketball players have chosen colleges to attend next year: Patrick Marienthal of Woodward High School in Bethesda signed a national letter of intent to attend Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., while Doug Turner, a guard from Seneca Valley, will join Kerry Corbett, High Point forward, at St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y., next fall.

In Baton Rouge, Chancellor James Wharton of Louisiana State said he had all the financial records checked and they seem to prove there was nothing wrong about an assistant basketball coach having $2,000 in cash on a recruiting trip.

The briefcase of Ron Abernathy was stolen while he was recruiting. Police said there was $2,000 in the briefcase when it was stolen and that about $1,500 was recovered when an arrest was made. Coach Dale Brown said Abernathy had just cashed some checks, intending to pay bills, when he was diverted to the Gulf Coast still carrying the money.

"I am satisfied with the explanation, and the records substantiate the explanation," Wharton said.

Wharton said Abernathy had cashed about $5,675 in checks and had deposited all but about $2,000. He said it is Abernathy's policy to pay bills with cash.