Washington's David Butler of NCAA champion Nevada-Las Vegas, Sam Jefferson of Georgetown and Ron Draper of American University are among 14 rookies and free agents invited to the Washington Bullets camp starting Sept. 30 at Mount St. Mary's College.
Butler, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds to help the Runnin' Rebels win the NCAA title. Jefferson attended the Bullets' rookie-free agent camp in July and played in a rookie tournament in Detroit. Draper was AU's leading scorer and rebounder last year and yesterday was also selected by the Quad City Thunder as the top pick in the Continental Basketball Association college draft.
Clifford Lett, the CBA's 1990 rookie of the year with Pensacola, also has been invited.
David Benoit (Alabama), Michel Bonebo (St. Michael's), Matt Bullard (Iowa), Lanard Copeland (Georgia State), Tony Harris (University of New Orleans), Hubert Henderson (Southwest Missouri State), Eric McArthur (UC-Santa Barbara), Larry Robinson (Centenary), Irving Thomas (Florida State) and Haywoode Workman (Oral Roberts) also were invited.
Veterans will report to the Emmitsburg training site Oct. 4. . . .
The coach of Il Messaggero of the Italian League said the deal to land Michael Cooper, expected to be released by the Los Angeles Lakers, should be completed later in the week.
"We must only wait for a few days for the actual signing," Valerio Bianchini told Milan's sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport. "Cooper is practically in our hands."
Bianchini said Cooper, 34, is likely to be released by the Lakers a year before his contract expires "under condition he does not sign with another NBA team."