Darryl Prue, the Dunbar High School all-America who originally signed a basketball letter of intent with Georgetown but was denied admission, has committed to attend West Virginia, it was announced yesterday.

Prue, a 6-foot-7 forward, can sign an athletic grant-in-aid when school starts Aug. 26 and a national letter of intent in November.

A first-team all-Metropolitan selection, Prue averaged 20 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three steals per game for Dunbar last season. Maryland, Ohio State and Pittsburgh also had recruited Prue.

"Darryl Prue was one of the premier high school players in the nation and we are, of course, happy to have him in our program," said West Virgina Coach Gale Catlett.

When Prue was denied enrollment at Georgetown, Coach John Thompson said, "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."

Dunbar Athletic Director Clarence Bell said Prue had the requisite 2.0 grade-point average.

As for West Virginia clearing Prue with its admissions department, Joe Boczek, the school's sports information director, said, "We have standards, and they're not what I would call low standards. Darryl Prue had no problems with his grades getting into West Virginia."

West Virginia was 20-9 last year.