Basketball star Walt Williams has called a 2 p.m. news conference for today, and is expected to announce that he will remain at the University of Maryland.

Several sources in college basketball said last night they would be surprised if the 6-foot-7 point guard from Crossland High School in Prince George's County did not remain at College Park for his junior season.

The news conference will be held at the University's Adult Education Center.

Williams has been considering a transfer since early March, when the Terrapins basketball program was barred from the NCAA basketball tournament for two years and from live television for one year because of major NCAA violations that occurred during the three-year tenure of Bob Wade, who was forced to resign in May 1989.

Under NCAA rules Williams is eligible to transfer and play immediately because he will be unable to play in another NCAA tournament for Maryland. Jerrod Mustaf, who came into the Maryland program at the same time as Williams, decided to turn pro and was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA draft.

If Williams were to transfer, speculation had focused on three schools: Georgetown, St. John's and Georgia Tech.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said last night that Walt Williams had not informed him of his decision. But, when told other coaches expect the guard to remain at Maryland, the coach said, "That's what I keep hearing."

Several players with close ties to Walt Williams have told their college coaches "they would be shocked" if Williams decided to transfer, as one coach said last night.

A college coach said the reasons Williams would be likely to stay at Maryland included: He would be playing the point guard position he likely would be playing in the NBA, he would be playing an NBA style of game, and "he's there and his buddies could go to the games, and that's bigger for him than anything else."

The source also said: "At Georgetown {his friends} could do that too and {the Capital Centre} is even closer."

But a source close to Georgetown Coach John Thompson also expects Williams to remain at Maryland. In its second recruiting competition for Williams, sources said, Maryland has emphasized the pro players that Gary Williams has developed, that Williams would be sure of playing his pro position at Maryland, and that Houston quarterback Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy a year ago without any national television exposure when his school was under NCAA sanctions.

Georgetown also has a point guard spot open; Georgia Tech does not, with freshman of the year Kenny Anderson returning. St. John's has the position available but does not play the style of basketball to which Williams's open court game is suited.

Walt Williams was unavailable for comment.