Dunbar High School all-America Darryl Prue, Georgetown's most highly regarded basketball recruit, has been denied enrollment by the school's admissions office.

Sources said Prue, who had signed a letter of intent with the Hoyas, failed to meet Georgetown's admission standards but still qualifies academically for a Division I scholarship this year under NCAA rules.

"He can still play for any number of schools," said one source who knew Prue through high school. "But he just wasn't accepted through Georgetown's admission process."

Georgetown Coach John Thompson said he thought the admissions board's decision "is fair."

"It's happened before that admissions has turned down someone," Thompson said. "About 90 percent of the time I have agreed with admissions. There have also been times when I've disagreed. But I think, in this case, it's in the best interest of the student and the school. There are a lot of factors involved, which I am not allowed to get into because of a student's right to privacy. But the admissions people are trying to do what's in the best interest of the youngster, and the school."

Prue was not available for comment. A source close to him said he wasn't sure which school Prue, a 6-foot-7 forward, would attend. Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio State and Pittsburgh were among the schools that recruited Prue, who averaged 20 points and 17 rebounds per game for Roy Westmore's Dunbar team last season.