University of Houston basketball recruit Tito Horford, who has been declared ineligible to compete for the Cougars, says he plans to attend the University of Kentucky.

"It is impossible to go to Houston now," Horford told the Houston Post Thursday night.

Horford was declared ineligible by the NCAA because of recruiting violations, but still is bound to the Southwest Conference school pending a final appeal by Houston officials. A hearing on that appeal is scheduled Monday.

Bob Gallagher Jr., Horford's high school coach, said the 7-foot-1 center told him he would be in Houston Monday for the eligibility hearing . . .

Cedric Henderson has decided to play professional basketball in Italy rather than attempt to regain his eligibility at Georgia, his attorney said.

Lawyer Ed Tolley said Henderson has signed a contract to play with Olympia Simac Pallacanestro, a team in Milan that won last year's Italian and European championships.

The contract calls for a six-figure salary plus a car, apartment, meals and other benefits, he said.

The decision to turn pro terminates Henderson's short and stormy college career. In his one season at Georgia, the 6-foot-9 player averaged 15.5 points and led the Bulldogs to a 22-9 record.

He was declared ineligible by the NCAA last spring because of his involvement in a recruiting violation, but the NCAA eligibility committee restored his playing status two weeks ago.

Then, after summer quarter grades were posted a few days later, he was declared academically ineligible for the fall quarter . . .

Sherwood Blount, a Dallas real estate broker and sports agent, was said in a published report to be the unidentified Southern Methodist booster whose financial aid to football recruit Sean Stopperich and his family figured prominently in SMU's probation by the NCAA.

The Dallas Times Herald said its information came from sources who asked that their names not be used . . .

Tom Young of Rutgers took over as basketball coach at Old Dominion and said he was looking forward to building on the foundation of a winning program.

"This is the most successful program I have ever had the opportunity to take over and, believe me, that was an attraction," said Young, who succeeds Paul Webb, who resigned recently to become assistant athletic director.