Will Cedric Lewis someday become the second athlete in his family to be first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference? Will the next class of plebes at Navy include another basketball player whose pituitary gland hasn't quit?

American University will have several junior college players, but can any of them shoot like Frank Ross? And how many local college recruits won't play because of Proposition 48?

Those are a few of the questions surrounding the recruits of '87, the group of high school and junior college basketball players who have decided to play for Washington-area schools. The answers may take a while.

Some would argue that Maryland had one of the best recruiting years in the nation. Despite going 0-14 in the ACC last year, Coach Bob Wade was able to recruit what appears to be a first-rate group.

Brian Williams is one-third of the group. A 6-foot-10, 210-pound center from Santa Monica, Calif., Williams averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots at St. Monica High School.

The second 6-10 freshman will be Lewis, whose brother Derrick returns for his senior year after leading the Terrapins in scoring and rebounding. Cedric, who has three inches on big brother, averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots at Carroll High School. The third is 6-1 point guard Rudy Archer (14.7 points per game), who comes to College Park from Southwestern High School in Baltimore by way of Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Md.

Georgetown Coach John Thompson said repeatedly he had just one recruiting priority: Anthony Tucker, a 6-8, 205 pounder from McKinley Tech. He averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.

Navy loses the best player it ever had (David Robinson) and one of its best point guards ever (Doug Wojcik). St. John's Erik Harris, a first-team All-Met, probably will help with the second problem, and teammate Eddie Reddick, a fourth-team All-Met, will try to help in the front court. Harris, who is 6-1, averaged 16 points per game while hitting 53 percent of his shots. Reddick, who is 6-5, will be a small forward.

"They are both from solid, winning programs and we're anxious to have that continue," Navy Coach Pete Herrmann said. "Both are solid and make few mistakes. They can run the floor and they can shoot."

Navy also has two 6-8 freshmen in Darren Morningstar of Stevenson, Wash., and Joel Jensen of Rochester, Minn. Morningstar was the top scorer in the state with a 33 points-per-game average. They will be joined by Doug Fee (6-6) of Bradford, Pa.; Joe McDowell (6-3) of Greensboro, N.C.; Mel Davis (6-1) of Chicago, and Joe Gottschalk (6-1) of Davenport, Iowa.

American will have six new players in its program, but three already know each other. Coach Ed Tapscott got most of the starting lineup from South Florida Community College, plus the son of an NBA scout.

The junior college contingent includes 6-9, 210-pound center Ron Draper, who averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds. Teammate Clarence Ingram, 6-5, 200 pounds, averaged 14 points a game and 10 rebounds. Dale Spears of Richmond, Ky., led Florida junior colleges in scoring, averaging 24 points. Also joining the Eagles will be Brock Wortman, a 6-2 guard from Seattle, whose father, Gary, is a scout with the NBA's SuperSonics, and 6-8 Ronald Davenport, the starting center for unbeaten Flint Hill Academy in Oakton.

"The issue with junior college players is that they can offer immediate help," Tapscott said. "You don't want to build your program on it, but you don't want to rely on too many freshmen."

Tapscott said he thinks more players will come from junior colleges in the next few years because of Proposition 48. The rule stipulates that to be eligible to play as a freshman, an athlete must have minimum scores on standard achievement tests and in 11 core curriculum courses.

"The impact of Proposition 48 is being felt because there are fewer kids who can participate immediately," Tapscott said. "The recruiting pool is shrinking and I think a lot of coaches will look at JC transfers because more kids will be going there until the {high} schools catch up with Proposition 48."

Virginia Coach Terry Holland also went the junior college route this year, but only once. Virginia was essentially without a starting center last year. Hoping to fill the void will be 6-10 Brent Bair, who averaged 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds last year for North Iowa Area Community College.

The Cavaliers also got 6-1 point guard John Crotty, a second-team Parade all-America who averaged 23 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Holland also added three forwards. Dirk Katstra was a three-time first-team all-state player in Kansas, with an average of 23.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and three assists per game. He will be joined by Kenny Turner of Indianapolis and Matt Blundin of Millmont Park, Pa.

Blundin has won higher honors in football. He was a Parade all-America quarterback, but averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in basketball. Blundin has said he wants to play basketball, but may have to put in time with the football team first because of basketball scholarship limits.

New George Mason Coach Rick Barnes arrived after recruiting was completed, but all three players who signed with his predecessor, Joe Harrington, have said they are still coming.

One of the Patriots-in-waiting already has been serving his country. Robert Dykes, 6-6, 195 pounds, averaged 28 points and 10 rebounds a game playing for the Bethesda Naval Hospital in the Armed Forces South Mid-Atlantic Sports Conference.

High Point's Danny Deane will also join the Patriots. Injured and out of action during his senior year, Deane (6-7, 215 pounds) was an honorable mention All-Met as a junior, when he averaged 18 points, 13.5 rebounds and five assists. Also going to George Mason will be 6-8, 200-pound forward Joe Lucas from Herndon High School.

Glenson Sitney, who substituted for the injured Deane last season at High Point, will be going to George Washington. Sitney (6-6, 185) is the first two-time first-team All-Met to choose George Washington. Sitney, player of the year in Prince George's County, averaged 22.4 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.

The Colonials also signed a point guard -- Ricardo Smith. At 5-11 and 185 pounds, he averaged 10 points and seven assists while helping Fork Union Military Academy to a 29-0 record. As a senior at Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, N.C., Smith averaged 22 points.

Howard signed three players, including Milton (Skip) Bynum. A 6-2 guard from Friendly High School, Bynum averaged 18 points and four assists and was first-team all-Prince George's County. He will be joined at Howard by all-county teammate Tyrone Powell, a 6-8 forward.

The recruits of area schools: MARYLAND

Brian Williams, 6-10, St. Monica HS, Santa Monica, Calif.; Cedric Lewis, 6-10, Carroll HS, Temple Hills; Rudy Archer, 6-1, Southwestern HS and Allegany CC, Baltimore. GEORGETOWN

Anthony Tucker, 6-8, McKinley Technical HS, Washington, D.C. NAVY

Erik Harris, 6-2, St. John's HS, Fort Washington; Eddie Reddick, 6-5, St. John's HS, Cheverly; Darren Morningstar, 6-8, Stevenson HS, Stevenson, Wash.; Joe Gottschalk, 6-1, Bettendorf HS, Davenport, Iowa; Doug Fee, 6-6, Bradford HS, Bradford, Pa.; Mel Davis, 6-1, De La Salle HS, Chicago, Ill.; Joel Jensen, 6-8, Rochester HS, Rochester, Minn.; Joe McDowell, 6-3, Greensboro HS, Greensboro, N.C. VIRGINIA

Brent Bair, 6-10, North Iowa Area CC, Ankeny, Iowa; John Crotty, 6-1, Christian Brothers Academy, Spring Lake, N.J.; Dirk Katstra, 6-6, Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan.; Kenny Turner, 6-7, North Central HS, Indianapolis; Matt Blundin, 6-7, Ridley HS, Millmont Park, Pa. HOWARD

Tyrone Powell, 6-8, Forestville HS, Forestville; Ricky Dodson, 6-1, Wilkes Central, Wilkesboro, N.C.; Milton (Skip) Bynum, 6-2, Friendly HS, Fort Washington. AMERICAN

Brock Wortman, 6-2, Mercer Island HS, Seattle; Ronald Davenport, 6-8, Flint Hill Academy, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Ron Draper, 6-9, South Florida CC, Pomona, Calif.; Clarence Ingram, 6-5, South Florida CC, Montgomery, Ala.; Dale Spears, 6-3, Kent HS and South Florida CC, Richmond, Ky.; Daryl Holmes, 6-7, Charles County CC, Largo. GEORGE MASON

Danny Deane, 6-7, High Point HS, Beltsville; Joe Lucas, 6-8, Herndon HS, Herndon; Robert Dykes, 6-6, U.S. Navy, Cleveland. GEORGE WASHINGTON

Glenson Sitney, 6-6, High Point HS, Beltsville; Ricardo Smith, 5-11, Fork Union Military Academy, Goldsboro, N.C.