Wil Jones, the University of the District of Columbia's basketball coach, said yesterday he does not know where Michael Graham will play next season. Graham, who as a freshman helped lead Georgetown to the national championship in 1984, enrolled at UDC last January but was not on athletic scholarship.
Reports persist that Graham plans to enroll at Georgetown later this month.
"I've got to leave to go on vacation Aug. 19 and I think Mike should have made up his mind by then," Jones said. "It's up to him. I don't know what to expect . . . I'd love to answer you so that I can say the (young man) is not coming to my school or he is and I got him . . . . I'm as much in the dark as anybody else is on this."
Graham, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward, was removed from Georgetown's active roster before last season by Coach John Thompson, who cited Graham's academic difficulties. Graham's departure from Georgetown was almost as controversial as his arrival. An all-Met selection at Spingarn High School, he did not receive his diploma until he passed English and math courses in the summer of 1983 in the Upward Bound program accredited by the District public school system.
Jones said recently that Graham would be eligible to play at UDC after sitting out one full academic year, but added, "There's really no way of telling what Michael's going to do. It's his decision. But Thompson's the man to find it out from. I really don't know if (Graham) and John met and worked something out or not."
Jones said Graham took "some courses, I want to say two but I can't be sure," at Georgetown this summer as a UDC student in the Consortium of Universities of Metropolitan Washington, a program that gives students access to summer school classes offered at nine area colleges.
Graham, 22, has three more years of college eligibility. He could not be reached for comment.
Reached by phone Monday and asked about Graham, Thompson refused to comment. In January, Thompson told Michael Wilbon of The Washington Post, "If he did come back, it would be a bonus. You can feel very frustrated when somebody has tried at something and they're not successful. But Michael has the power to be successful academically."