Tyrone Gibson, Dunbar High School's two-time All-Metropolitan basketball player, has been given a full scholarship to Lamar University in Beaumont, Tex.

Gibson, who spent 47 days in the D.C. Jail last spring for cocaine distribution and simple assault, originally thought he would be attending the University of Iowa. But Coach Tom Davis backed off last month, saying he was not aware of the nature of Gibson's problems.

"I still have a bitter taste in my mouth about what happened with Iowa," Gibson, a 6-foot-2 guard, said yesterday following his first day of classes. "But I'm very glad to get another opportunity at Lamar, and I'm ready to start all over again. Coach {Tom} Abatemarco has impressed me as the type of person who will stick with you. He has only talked about me concentrating on my studies and adjusting to my college life here."

Abatemarco, a former Maryland assistant in his second year as Lamar's head coach, said he did extensive research on Gibson and, after talking at length with him, his attorneys, his mother (Victoria Hawkins) and McLeese, was willing to give Gibson an opportunity.

"We all felt the kid deserved a second chance," Abatemarco said.

Gibson's attorneys, Jane Norman and Ferris Bond, said their client's probation report (he was given a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the two charges) has been transferred to Texas.