Maryland signed its second basketball recruit of 1990, High Point guard Wayne Bristol. The 6-foot-1 Bristol, who averaged 19 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, joins Geno Soto, a 6-7 forward from Teaneck, N.J., as a freshmen next fall.

"He's a slashing type player who can score," said Coach Gary Williams. "I wouldn't call him a point guard or an off guard -- he's a player who can score, with great defensive ability. That's what caught my eye first -- he plays defense for 94 feet."

Maryland maintained hopes of getting two other players it was recruiting for next fall, Johnny Rhodes, a guard from Dunbar, and Jamal Phillips, a 6-7 forward from New York.

Rhodes, thought by many to be the best guard in Washington this year, gave Maryland a verbal commitment but the school didn't issue him a letter-of-intent because his SAT score was not satisfactory.

Phillips, who also didn't reach Maryland academic standards, was thought to be headed for Rutgers but his mother, Pamela Phillips, said yesterday she has not signed a letter-of-intent for the New Jersey school and her son has not made up his mind.

Yesterday was the last day for high school players to sign during the early recruiting period. If neither Rhodes nor Phillips signed with another school, both could still attend Maryland provided they meet university standards.