Spingarn senior Sherman Douglas, The Washington Post's scholastic player of the year, has signed a basketball letter of intent to attend Syracuse University in the fall.

Douglas, a 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 26 points and eight assists per game in leading the Green Wave to a 31-0 record, the city championship and the area's No. 1 ranking, had narrowed his choices to Syracuse and Old Dominion.

"Sherman selected Syracuse because he wanted to play in the Big East, and second, he will get the chance to learn the point position behind Pearl Washington," said Spingarn Coach John Wood. "I'm sure Sherman will get a chance to play the No. 2 guard, also."

Douglas was not heavily recruited until this season. Wayne Morgan, a Syracuse assistant, said Douglas had been left off a number of high school all-America teams because he didn't attend any summer camps last year and got no exposure.

"He has no weaknesses," Morgan said. "He is quick, shoots well, dribbles and plays good defense. His size is no problem. And although he didn't play point guard much at Spingarn, we plan to use him to give Pearl a blow."

Wood announced two of his other top players also had signed. Guard Robert Smith will attend Florida A&M and forward Earnest Hall selected Northeastern over American and UNC-Charlotte.