Coolidge High School's 6-foot-10 senior Donald Hodge, one of the top centers in the nation, signed a basketball letter of intent with Temple University yesterday. Hodge, a two-year starter for the Colts, selected Temple over North Carolina State, Syracuse and Maryland on the final day of the NCAA early signing period,

"I was very impressed with Coach {John} Chaney and his staff, the school and the manner in which they recruited me," said Hodge, who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Interhigh League school. "I like the other three schools, too, but I thought I might get the chance to play at Temple right away."

Also, Lake Braddock all-Met Hubert Davis signed with North Carolina this week. The 6-5 forward, who owns most of the school scoring records, was also a first team all-Met football player. Davis averaged 23 points per game for the Bruins last year. Potomac High School (Md.) forward Jason Scott (6-6) signed with Boston University.

Nationally, Billy Owens, a 6-foot-8 forward considered one of the two best high school players in the country, has made a verbal commitment to play for Syracuse, school officials said yesterday. Owens, a senior, has led Carlisle (Pa.) High School to three consecutive state championships.