NEW YORK, JUNE 22 -- David Robinson decided to pose with Vice President George Bush and play a few holes of golf today, rather than come here for the mere formality of being the No. 1 selection, by the San Antonio Spurs, in the NBA's college draft. That foregone conclusion offered no suspense, but there was no lack of excitement or drama through the remainder of the first round.

Scottie Pippen, unknown to even astute college basketball fans two months ago, was the fifth player taken, just one after Georgetown's Reggie Williams was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers. In a prearranged maneuver, Pippen was chosen by the Seattle SuperSonics, then traded to the Chicago Bulls for former Virginia star Olden Polynice, a 6-foot-11 center whom the Bulls picked eighth.

Before the tremor from that announcement stopped, the Washington Bullets created more shock waves by drafting the smallest player ever to attract NBA attention, taking 5-3 point guard Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues with the 12th pick.

Bogues helped make basketball history again about 45 minutes later, when former high school teammate Reggie Lewis was drafted 22nd by the Boston Celtics.

The selection of Williams, Bogues and Lewis marked the first time that three high school teammates -- all played at Dunbar in Baltimore for Bob Wade, now University of Maryland coach -- were drafted in the first round.

The proceedings started off predictably when the Spurs selected Robinson, Navy's 7-1 all-America who, because of military obligations, probably won't join them for two years, if at all.

Phoenix, with the second pick, selected 6-9 forward Armon Gilliam of Nevada-Las Vegas -- no surprise. Then, the excitement picked up. Most of the 2,500 assembled in Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum were Knicks and Nets fans. And most of them began chanting "Reggie, Reggie, Reggie," in anticipation of Williams' selection by the New Jersey Nets.

Many booed loudly when the Nets chose Ohio State's Dennis Hopson. Williams only had to wait five minutes, however, before the Los Angeles Clippers -- the worst team in the NBA last season -- took him with the fourth pick. Hundreds of New Jersey fans chanted, "Say no, don't go!"

And it appeared Williams was a bit disappointed at first, selected by a team that lost 70 of 82 games. "I would like to have stayed East so I could be near my family," Williams said. "But they're trying to revive a team and they need help. They seemed like nice people when I went there last week. I know they need a little bit of everything.

"I was shocked the Nets fans wanted me like that. But I'll do anything, anywhere to win. I think I'm a winner, and I'll do anything Coach Gene Shue asks me to do."

Shue, speaking from Southern California, said Williams "was the guy we wanted all along. There's a spot here for Reggie . . . He has all that we need."

Hopson and Williams, projected as guards, started a run of backcourt players selected. After Pippen (projected as a guard/forward, shooting guard or even point guard) was drafted, the Sacramento Kings made North Carolina's Kenny Smith the sixth pick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers followed by taking another point guard, Kevin Johnson of California. The string was broken when Chicago, with the eighth choice, selected Polynice, then sent him to Seattle.

Lower-than-anticipated selections were Alabama's Derrick McKey, ninth by Seattle; Illinois' Ken Norman, 19th by the Clippers, and De Paul's Dallas Comegys, 21st by the Atlanta Hawks.

Knicks fans in attendance probably were the happiest. New York needed a point guard, and Mark Jackson of St. John's -- who grew up in Brooklyn -- was available. During the Knicks' allotted five-minute selection period, fans chanted, "Don't screw up, don't screw up." And hundreds ran out of the building screaming when Jackson was called, the 18th pick.

The strangest draft probably belonged to the Dallas Mavericks, who surprised many by taking Alabama guard Jim Farmer in the first round (No. 20) and followed by taking Steve Alford with the third pick of the second round. Both are shooting guards, and Dallas already has one of the league's best, all-star Rolando Blackman.

The teams that might have helped themselves most were Seattle and Chicago.

The SuperSonics, who reached the Western Conference finals this past season, appeared to find the rebounder they needed in 6-11, 220-pound Polynice and an inside scorer in McKey.

The Bulls, looking for three players who can step in immediately, got Pippen; Clemson's 6-10 forward Horace Grant, who likely will start right away, and a forceful inside player in Houston's Ricky Winslow.

Most of the first-round draftees were in attendance, but not Robinson, who got the official word at Indian Spring Country Club for the annual Lombardi charity tournament after an earlier photo session with Bush. ". . . I'm not really surprised," Robinson said. "I'm glad it's over . . . There's a lot of options open to me. I'm going to take a good look at the city and the people."

Robinson's most dramatic option, since the Navy has prevented him from playing this year and next, would be not to sign with San Antonio and reenter the draft for the 1988 season. Asked of his plans, Robinson said, "I'm not leaning toward anything right now. I'm trying to keep my options open and look at what I can do. I'm going to play in the Pan Am Games next month. That's the only thing I know right now . . . There's a lot of places I'd fit in."

If Robinson was as unfazed as he indicated, Williams was just the opposite. "I was up at 6 a.m., watching television," Williams said. "I was really, really nervous, like I am just before a game."

Since Williams' uncertainty ended in the draft's first half-hour, he spent the rest of the round rooting for Bogues and Lewis to be picked within the top 23. When the Bullets announced Bogues, Williams jumped out of his seat and began slapping high fives with everyone within reach. His reaction at the announcement of Lewis was only slightly more subdued.

"We were all determined, we all wanted to make something of ourselves," Williams said. "I knew we'd all have productive college careers. But you just can't expect, with all the tens of thousands of players across the nation, that three little guys from one team would wind up going in the first round like this.

"I'm really proud of Muggsy. How long has he been proving people wrong, the people who keep saying he's too small? And Truck {Lewis} got cut from his first high school team . . . I knew he could play. He didn't start for Dunbar, but great players come off the bench, too."

Wade couldn't have been happier. "I'm proud of every last one of them," he said. "But for a guy like Tyrone to beat the odds and be the 12th pick of the first round is just fantastic . . . I'm like a father; I've got my chest stuck out." Paxson, Gilmore Traded