John Thompson, the Hall of Fame former Georgetown coach, was seated along one baseline.

“I’ve met him before,” Greg Whittington said matter-of-factly.

Oakland Mills' Greg Whittington has emerged as one of the nation’s most sought-after senior basketball recruits. (Preston Keres/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

While Georgetown is in hot pursuit of Whittington – think Rosco P. Coltrane chasing Bo and Luke Duke – there is another school that has joined the fray: Kansas, which has called to inquire about Whittington, the dynamic 6-foot-9 senior forward who has burst onto the recruiting scene this season.

“That was a surprise,” Whittington said.

Maryland, Texas, Clemson and DePaul already recruiting Whittington, who might end up being one of the most heavily sought-after seniors this spring.

Whittington said he has yet to narrow his choices or set up any official campus visits, but on Wednesday night he showed why he is in such demand. Despite early foul trouble, he finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, three assists and two steals as the Scorpions beat Douglass, 55-42, and advanced to the Maryland 2A South Region final on Friday against Gwynn Park.