Michael Graham, who as a freshman helped Georgetown win the 1983-84 national championship, officially has enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia for the fall semester and intends to play basketball there this season.
He will be eligible to play after the first semester, which will end Dec. 13, according to Coach Wil Jones.
"He definitely did enroll (Monday), and I'm superexcited," Jones said yesterday. "Michael Graham is a great basketball player. He has fulfilled all the academic requirements here and has fulfilled all my expectations. UDC basketball is on the rise again."
Graham, who transferred from Georgetown to UDC last spring, has to sit out one full academic year and will not be eligible to play until he completes one more semester at UDC. The last day of finals will be Dec. 13. UDC will play in a tournament at the University of Bridgeport the following day and Jones said, "He'll be there."
As of late Monday evening, Graham, 22, had not registered for classes. He was not alone. There were several hundred students trying to add and drop classes all day Monday, and late registration did not finish until approximately 1 a.m.
But Graham was on UDC's campus yesterday morning. Wearing a turquoise polo shirt, tan shorts and blue sandals and holding a small briefcase, he stood inside the administration building with other members of the basketball team and looked out onto the main walkway that divides the campus.
"Yes (I am enrolled)," he said. "I'm very happy to be here. Classes started yesterday. But I don't want to say anything else. I'd rather let you talk to Coach Jones."
Jones would not say if Graham is on athletic scholarship. He was not on athletic scholarship during the spring semester.
Graham, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward, was a second-team all-Met at Spingarn High School. He started slowly at Georgetown both on the court and in the classroom.
At first, Coach John Thompson used him sparingly, but by the 10th game he was starting. He started 17 straight games. Then when academic problems arose Thompson made Graham stay on the Georgetown campus while the Hoyas played -- and won -- a game at Boston College. Toward the end of the season, Graham had worked his way back into Thompson's favor but not into the starting lineup.
He played only 13 minutes against Dayton in the West Regional NCAA final but had eight points and five rebounds. Against Kentucky in the national semifinals he played 33 minutes. In the final against Houston, he played 24 minutes and had 14 points and seven rebounds.
On Aug. 30, 1984, Thompson issued a statement: "Michael Graham will not play with the team this year." He cited Graham's need "to develop greater responsibility and eliminate inconsistencies in his approach to academics."
At that time, Thompson indicated Graham was not interested in transferring. But over Christmas vacation, Graham transferred to UDC for the spring semester.
This summer he often has been seen on Georgetown's campus, where he was taking courses as a UDC student in the Consortium of Universities of Metropolitan Washington. That led to rumors that he was considering going back to Georgetown, rumors that Thompson denied. On Aug. 21, Thompson said, "As far as I'm concerned, it was decided last (academic) year. There's nothing new . . . The last statement I made about him was the last one I intended to make."
Graham's presence at UDC yesterday seemingly ends the Georgetown chapter in his life. "Finally, (the speculation about Georgetown) is over," he said.