South Lakes basketball player Christy Winters, The Washington Post's 1985-86 girls high school player of the year, will sign a letter-of-intent today to play at the University of Maryland.

South Lakes Coach Jill English said Winters will hold a news conference today at 3 p.m. at South Lakes.

English said Winters had narrowed her selection to Maryland and North Carolina State. "It was a long, hard decision," said English.

Maryland Coach Chris Weller said yesterday she would not comment until Winters was officially signed. "We will make an announcement on that tomorrow," she said.

Weller said she will also make public today the commitments of two other recruits. "I think we will sign one today [Monday], and we signed a girl last Thursday," she said.

The Maryland program has come under scrutiny recently, including an internal review by the athletic department, after allegations of drug use and shoplifting by a small number of players on the team were raised by a team booster. The athletic department concluded last week that Weller had handled the team in "exemplary" manner. (Yesterday, University Chancellor John B. Slaughter said he wanted to talk to Athletic Director Dick Dull before making a statement on the review of the women's program.)

"It came down to location in the end," Winters said. "I thought that I would do better [at Maryland], and not just in basketball."

Winters said it was difficult for her to decide between N.C. State and Maryland, but not because of the recent investigation of the Terrapins program. "I talked to [Weller] about it," said Winters. "She didn't go into detail. I know some of the players, and they wouldn't do that.

"Both coaches [Weller and Wolfpack Coach Kay Yow] are highly respected, and I knew whichever program I went into, the coach would help me through."

Winters was a first-team All-Met forward/center her junior and senior years. This past season, she averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead South Lakes (29-0) to the Virginia AAA state title.