Alonzo Mourning, the Chesapeake, Va., senior considered one of the nation's top high school basketball players, has narrowed his college choices to five schools, including Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia, according to his coach.
The list, pared from the 14 possibilities announced in October, also includes Syracuse and Georgia Tech, Coach Bill Lassiter said yesterday.
Among the schools eliminated from consideration were North Carolina, UCLA, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion and Norfolk State. J.R. Reid, a three-time Tidewater player of the year from Kempsville and a friend of Mourning, was a star freshman for North Carolina last year.
Mourning, away this week at a basketball camp in Honesdale, Pa., could not be reached for comment . . .
Center Derrick McKey has enrolled for fall classes at the University of Alabama while school and Southeast Conference officials talk to the NCAA about repealing his loss of eligibility for accepting money from a sports agent.
Basketball coach Wimp Sanderson said McKey, who would be a senior this year, enrolled for classes on Monday. "It is a long drawn out process that might take several days or maybe weeks before we know," Sanderson said. "The reason he is in school is if we get a favorable response, Derrick can be eligible."
McKey, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season as a junior when he led Alabama to the league championship, was declared ineligible for his senior year by the school after he admitted accepting a loan from New York agent Norby Walters.
Sanderson and Crimson Tide athletic officials began considering an appeal to the NCAA after University of Pittsburgh football player Teryl Austin's eligibility was restored last week. Austin also admitted accepting money from Walters while still in school.
McKey was chosen in the first round of the NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics but has not yet agreed to contract terms with the team. SuperSonics President Bob Whitsett said that the team would not interfere with any appeal McKey might make to the NCAA . . .
University of Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said he will decide in the next few days whether to appeal the NCAA suspension of cornerback and high jumper James Lott. The university suspended the senior from playing last month after he admitted signing a promissory note to agent Lloyd Bloom for $800. The NCAA upheld the suspension.
Dodds had said last week the university would not appeal Lott's suspension. However, after a meeting with Lott Monday, Dodds said he is reconsidering that decision . . .
Virginia Tech President William E. Lavery said he accepts responsibility for a sports scandal that has embarrassed the Hokies during a summer marked by intense news coverage and departures of key school officials.
"I also accept responsibility for correcting the problems, even though the survival rate of presidents who attempt to do so is impressively low," Lavery told school administrators during their annual fall conference.