Division I American

Coach: Ed Tapscott

1983-84 record: 6-22

Freshman flashes: 5-11 Mike Sampson, 6-5 Eric White, 6-3 Chuck West

Key returnees: 6-0 Frank Ross, 6-7 Henry Hopkins, 6-5 Steve Nesmith

Assessment: Sampson eventually should start at point guard, freeing Ross (11.1 ppg) from ball handling responsibilities. Back court is deep. Nesmith is a good rebounder and probably will play forward. More production needed from sophomore center Hopkins, who started 26 games last season and averaged only 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 points. Eagles lack front court depth and a physical inside player. George Mason

Coach: Joe Harrington

1983-84 record: 21-7, 5-6 in ECAC South

Freshman flashes: 6-4 Brian Miller, 6-3 Darin Satterthwaite, 5-10 Anthony Davis

Key returnees: 6-5 Carlos Yates, 6-3 Ricky Wilson, 6-5 Rob Rose

Assessment: The Patriots averaged a league-high 76.8 points per game last year and most of those scorers return, led by (Yates 22.1) Wilson (15.6) and Rose (13.8). Speed-oriented team should be helped by newly imposed 45-second clock. Development of 6-7 center Vince McQueen is vital. Wilson will move to point guard, replacing graduated John Niehoff. Miller likely will be shooting guard. Mason has 15-game home winning streak, but had trouble in road conference games. Yates and Wilson were first team all-ECAC south last year. George Washington

Coach: Gerry Gimelstob

1983-84 record: 17-12, 11-7 in Atlantic 10

Freshman flashes: 6-9 Max Blank, 6-2 Joe Dooley, 6-5 Kenny Barer

Key returnees: 6-10 Mike Brown, 6-4 Troy Webster, 6-6 Darryl Webster

Assessment: Last year's record was best in eight years. Several preseason polls have picked GW to win conference. Nine players return, including all five starters. Brown (19.6 ppg and 12.1 rebounds per game, seventh-best in country) made Olympic cut to 32. Troy Webster (13.3) and Darryl Webster (10.0) will start. Dooley has had good preseason. Highly touted Blank hurt knee in May and is recovering from arthroscopic surgery. Return of 5-11 Mike Reilly, leading team in assists and steals before missing the last 18 games with broken jaw, helps greatly. Joe Wassel, a 6-4 guard, and 6-4 forward Chester Wood also return. Georgetown

Coach: John Thompson

1983-84 record: 34-3, 14-2 in Big East (national champion)

Freshman flashes: 6-8 Ronnie Highsmith, 6-4 Kevin Floyd, 6-5 Perry McDonald

Key returnees: 7-0 Patrick Ewing, 6-7 Bill Martin, 6-1 Michael Jackson, 6-2 Horace Broadnax, 6-5 David Wingate

Assessment: Losses of sophomore 6-9 Michael Graham (off the team for a year) and defensive specialist Gene Smith (graduated) are important. But Ewing (16.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 65.8 FG percentage) returns, making the Hoyas a preseason pick as No. 1. Thompson is hoping Broadnax can replace Smith as the defense-oriented guard and that Highsmith can replace Graham's rebounding strength and intensity. 6-11 Ralph Dalton and 6-1 Michael Jackson (10.2 ppg) should start. Senior Martin (8.9, 5.9 rpg) takes inside load off Ewing. McDonald, the leading scorer in New Orleans high school history (29 ppg last year), is a swing man who might earn substantial playing time by midseason. Howard

Coach: A.B. Williamson

1983-84 record: 15-14, 7-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Freshman flashes: 6-1 Mike Rollins, 6-7 Chenault Terry, 6-7 John Spencer

Key returnees: 6-2 Fred Hill, 6-2 George Hamilton, 6-9 Robert McIlwaine

Assessment: Success should depend on defense and rebounding. Bison were outrebounded in 21 of 29 games last year. Need more production from 6-8 junior center Derek Caracciolo (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg). He had excellent freshman year, but slumped as a sophomore. Last year was supposed to a rebuilding one for the Bison, who started three freshmen -- Hill (11.4 ppg, 4 assists per game), Hamilton (8.0 ppg) and McIlwaine (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg), but they found ways to win with defense. Tough schedule includes a game at North Carolina. Maryland

Coach: Lefty Driesell 1983-84 record: 24-8, 9-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference

Freshman flashes: 6-7 Derrick Lewis, 6-5 Wally Lancaster

Key returnees: 6-8 Len Bias, 6-9 Adrian Branch, 6-5 Keith Gatlin

Assessment: Bias (15.2) had an excellent late-season rush last year, including being ACC tournament MVP, but he will miss defensive whiz Herman Veal and center Ben Coleman along front line. Branch (13.0) needs to regain sophomore year form and appears ready to do so, now that he has been moved to small forward. Gatlin occasionally was outstanding and will have to assume leadership role in back court with 6-5 Jeff Adkins. Lewis, if recovered from blood disorders, offers immediate help. How well 6-8 sophomore Terry Long adjusts to the center position vacated by Coleman will go a long way toward dictating successs in the conference. Navy

Coach: Paul Evans

1983-84 record: 24-8, 6-4 in ECAC South

Freshman flashes: 6-7 Rob Johnstone, 6-4 Cliff Rees

Key returnees: 6-11 David Robinson, 6-7 Vern Butler

Assessment: Robinson, the conference rookie of the year (7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), beefed up to 215 pounds in the offseason and has great potential. Butler (14.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg) has led conference in rebounding for two seasons and is a force at forward. Whitaker (10.0) had 108 assists last year. Also starting should be 6-4 James Reed and 6-1 Doug Wojcik. Loss of four seniors will make duplicate effort hard. Virginia

Coach: Terry Holland

1983-84 record: 21-12, 6-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference

Freshman flashes: 6-3 Darrick Simms, 5-11 John Johnson, 6-5 Mel Kennedy

Key returnees: 6-11 Olden Polynice, 6-9 Tom Sheehey, 6-8 Jim Miller

Assessment: The team's chief strength, the guard play of Othell Wilson, Rick Carlisle and Ricky Stokes -- all graduated -- is gone. Lightly recruited Polynice (7.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) was a pleasant surprise last year, while Sheehey (7.3 ppg) did not live up to advance billing as the team made the Final Four. Miller (10.8 ppg), who flourished as Ralph Sampson's backup for two seasons, appeared out of synch with last year's team. 6-5 Tim Mullen (4.0 ppg) should start at guard with Johnson. Division II District of Columbia

Coach: Wil Jones

1983-84 record: 17-10

Freshman flashes: 6-3 Lyndon DeBellotte, 6-0 Robert Waller

Key returnees: 6-1 Neal Robertson, 6-4 Alvin Pope

Assessment: Thirteen new faces on the team will make the transition from the Earl Jones years tough. All Jones did in four years was take UDC to the championship once and to the final another year, plus become its all-time leading rebounder and scorer. Robertson (12.7 ppg, 6.1 assists per game) and Pope, who played in just nine games, will start. UDC needs much help on the front line. Bowie State

Coach: Don Nelson

1983-84 record: 2-26, 1-18 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Freshman flashes: 6-6 Charles Peterson, 6-6 Mike Wortham, 6-5 Bruce Pernell

Key returnees: 6-2 John Reilly, 6-4 Mark Jackson, 6-0 Bo Sampson

Assessment: No starters return in Nelson's first year. Freshmen, the best bunch to enter in several years, will provide instant help. Others Catholic

Coach: Jack Bruen

1983-84 record: 14-13, 9-7 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Freshman flashes: 6-2 Jose Castro, 5-10 Mike Lonergan, 6-4 Tom Milhollan

Key returnees: 6-0 Tom Gallagher, 6-3 John Winkler, 6-6 Tom Mulquin, 6-5 Bob Burns, 5-8 Rory Cooper

Assessment: Starting team returns intact. Winkler (22.2 ppg) also led team in rebounding. Burns (10.0) and Mulquin (10.0) join Winkler for a strong front line. Cardinals, 10-1 at home last year and 19-5 over last two seasons, will play in the South Atlantic Conference this year. Gallaudet

Coach: Mike Rosenbaum

1983-84 record: 6-15

Freshman flashes: 6-2 Mike Stulty, 5-10 Tom Perkins

Key returnees: 6-3 Todd O'Neill, 6-3 Billy Lange, 6-0 Dwight Alston

Assessment: Stulty and Perkins -- who played high school basketball together -- should start at the guard spots. Stulty and Lange made deaf Olympic team. O'Neill and Lange have missed two seasons with knee injuries, but appear ready to play. Montgomery-Rockville

Coach: Donald Drown

1983-84 record: 10-11

Freshman flashes: 6-3 Chris Archer

Key returnees: 5-10 Mark Yamada

Assessment: Biggest player is 6-4, so lack of height will be an obstacle. A quicker team than last year. Mont-Takoma Park

Coach: Tyrone Hart

1983-84 record: 8-13

Freshman flashes: 6-7 Sean Gordy, 6-0 Chapman Channing, 6-4 Jerome Williams

Key returnees: 5-10 Derrick Daniels, 6-3 Reginald Frost, 5-11 Darryl Hayes

Assessment: Nine newcomers for the Falcons. First time in school's history that entire team played varsity high school basketball. Gordy supplies much needed height. Montgomery-Germantown

Coach: Steve Hobson.

1983-84 record: 10-12.

Freshman flashes: 6-2 Adam Gay, 6-2 George Patellis, 6-3 Michael Thompson.

Key returnees: None until second semester.

Assessment: Entire team is composed of freshmen. Hope to have two of last year's starters (out indefinitely) back by midseason. Five-foot-10 Michael Foreman and 5-9 Tom Sheehin should start at guard; 5-9 Steve Taylor and 6-0 swing man Brian Olson also will see action. Washington Bible

Coach: Wally Webster

1983-84 record: 18-9

Freshman flashes: 6-5 Chris Graham, 6-3 Don Heindel

Key returnees: 6-0 Tim Webster, 6-5 Steve Salvas, 6-3 Bobby Burkhart

Assessment: Bible will play a slow-paced game early, but will be helped when 6-4 Troy Thomas and 5-9 Brian Caviness join the team for the second semester.