Jason Williams, the 6-foot-6 George Mason University men's basketball guard who was indefinitely suspended last week by Coach Paul Westhead, was arrested June 12 on drug charges in his home town of Frederick, Md., said Cpl. Sam Bowman, a Frederick City Police patrol division assistant supervisor.

Richard Gibbs, Williams's attorney, said Williams's preliminary hearing was originally set for Wednesday but was rescheduled for Aug. 29 in Frederick County District Court.

Bowman said Williams, the Patriots' leading three-point shooter as a freshman last season, when he averaged 12.7 points per game, was charged with four misdemeanors -- possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia -- and one felony: intent to distribute cocaine. He also was charged with resisting arrest and improper parking.

"I do want to come back to school and play basketball, but whether I can this year is up in the air," said Williams. "I would be happy with any decision {from the school} that allows me to stay in school. Right now, basketball is not real important. My scholarship is what is important."

Athletic Director Tom O'Connor declined to comment and attempts to contact Westhead were unsuccessful.

Williams said he has not heard from or met with any school representative. He said he contacted Westhead and informed him of his arrest after the incident. "I contacted him and told him out of respect," Williams said. "I didn't want him to hear from another source."

If convicted, Williams would face a maximum of four years or a maximum $25,000 fine for each of the marijuana and cocaine possession charges; a maximum $500 fine on each of the paraphernalia charges and a maximum of 25 years and a $10,000 fine on the intent to distribute charge.

This is the second recent incident involving a George Mason player. Guard Curtis McCants, who will be a senior next fall, was arrested April 20 for disorderly conduct and removed from the team by the university. McCants remains on suspension from the team by the coach. The school later lifted sanctions pending a university hearing after he filed a lawsuit against the school. O'Connor said yesterday Westhead informed McCants that he would not play basketball for George Mason next season. CAPTION: JASON WILLIAMS