TOP PROSPECT: Eddie Griffin, rated by some experts as the top high school basketball prospect in the nation, chose Seton Hall over such programs as North Carolina and Connecticut.

Griffin, a 6-foot-8 forward, last season averaged 24 points a game for Roman Catholic in Philadelphia.

"Eddie can be for Seton Hall what Grant Hill was for Duke," said Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports, which ranks high school players and had Griffin at No. 1.

LEAVING U-VA.: Wood Selig, an athletic administrator at Virginia for 11 years, was appointed athletic director at Western Kentucky. For the past five years, Selig has served as Virginia's associate athletic director for external operations, in charge of fund-raising, ticket sales, marketing and corporate relations.

JOINING GMU: George Mason's men's basketball team received a commitment from Raoul Heinen, a 6-5 point guard from Amsterdam, for the 2000-01 season. Heinen, who also considered Utah and Clemson, is the youngest member of the Dutch senior national team. His club team, the Rico Astronauts, won the Dutch League championship.

AD QUITS: Tulane's Sandy Barbour, one of only eight female athletic directors in NCAA Division I-A, resigned. Barbour said it was clear Tulane "was interested in different leadership for the athletic department."

DISMISSED: Illinois basketball coach Lon Kruger said junior Fess Hawkins has been dismissed from the team "for failure to take care of personal responsibilities" related to the basketball program's standards. The 6-foot-10 Hawkins averaged just over six points and five rebounds per game last season. He started 15 games and played in 32.