The Maryland women's basketball team will get one of the two local high school seniors it wanted when McNamara guard Krystal Washington signs a national letter-of-intent on Monday to play for the Terrapins. However, Maryland lost out to Georgetown in its bid for Oxon Hill center Rebekkah Brunson, a third-team All-Met last season who averaged 20.5 points and 15.2 rebounds.
Yesterday was the first day of the week-long early signing period during which high school seniors can formally accept college athletic scholarships in most sports with the exception of football.
In what is expected to be an excellent year for Washington area high school girls basketball, most of the top players will sign this week. Among other notable players who will sign are Elizabeth Seton third-team All-Met forward Katrina Martin, with Drexel, and second-team All-Met guard Vernessa Neamo, with George Mason.
DuVal forwards Chinny Nwagbo and Yolanda Jefferson signed with Syracuse and Maryland-Baltimore County, respectively.
Other girls basketball players who signed include Mount Vernon forward Kelly Ercole with William and Mary and Chantilly center Kate Kreager with Xavier. Riverdale Baptist forward Joi Jefferson and guard Vickie Briscoe will sign with Northeastern and Colgate, respectively, and guard-forward Jennifer Baker signed with Long Beach.
Second-team All-Met guard KiKi Wimbush has not made a college decision. Candace Sutton, the only returning first-team All-Met girls basketball player, signed with North Carolina.
In boys basketball, Carroll guard-forward David Hawkins this week chose Tulane over George Washington, Temple and Miami (Fla.). Eleanor Roosevelt forward Delonte Holland and center Andre Scott of Greenbelt, who is attending a prep school in Tennessee, have said they will sign with Rhode Island.
Next Wednesday, three Montrose Christian players will sign letters-of-intent at an afternoon news conference: center Mohammed Diakite with St. John's, guard Marvin Lewis with Georgia Tech and forward Jason Conley with VMI.
McNamara forward Maurice Young will sign with Virginia this morning and Oxon Hill center Ronald Miller will sign with Howard.
Takoma Park guard Tamir Goodman, who originally planned to attend Maryland, signed with Towson.
Among local colleges, American signed Riverdale Baptist guard Kevin Bell, a transfer from Rice High in Brooklyn, N.Y., while George Mason is expected to sign Dutch guard-forward Raoul Heinen.
In other sports, All-Met softball pitcher Lesley Palmer of O'Connell signed with Texas, Riverdale Baptist baseball pitcher and third baseman Kenny Nelson signed with Arizona State and Robinson pitcher Mike Mlotkowski signed with Florida. Two of the area's top wrestlers, three-time All-Met Drew Robertson of DeMatha and All-Met Greg Dennis of St. John's, signed with American. Mount Hebron men's lacrosse player Neal Goldman signed with Georgetown.