Grady Mateen, the 6-foot-10 sophomore who left Georgetown abruptly late last season, said yesterday he has received offers to play basketball at the University of Maryland and Ohio State, and will make a decision Friday.
Mateen, speaking from his home in Akron, Ohio, said he visited five schools, the others being South Carolina, Clemson and the University of Akron, as well as expressing interest in Michigan State, North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.
"I made all my visits and narrowed it down to those two," said Mateen, who is a premedical student. "I looked at academics, reputation, the coaches and the styles. I want to make a significant contribution. I like to run and I have a pretty good jump shot. I have a chance to go somewhere and play the way I like to play."
Ohio State Coach Gary Williams could not be reached and Maryland's Lefty Driesell would not comment.
Mateen, who will be a junior next school year, will sit out the season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, then will have two years of eligibility. He left the Georgetown team with just one game remaining in the regular season, citing unhappiness with his playing time. "I just didn't see any future for myself at Georgetown," he said then.
Mateen actually was sixth on the team in floor time last season, averaging 12.7 minutes in 27 games, and was a projected 1986-87 starter. But he was a slender sophomore at 210 pounds, more a finesse player than a physical presence, averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds a game.
As it became obvious that what Georgetown needed was bulk inside, Mateen's minutes decreased. He played just a total of 11 in his last three games, while the Hoyas turned to Johnathan Edwards and Ronnie Highsmith as inside help for Ralph Dalton.
"I know I have to get stronger," Mateen said yesterday. "And I have to rebound a little better. But I'm a real good shooter and I can play some defense."