Phillips spurns Maryland, signs letter with Rutgers

November 17, 1990|By Don Markus

Jamal Phillips, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., who was expected to sign a national letter of intent with the University of Maryland, signed with Rutgers yesterday .

"There were some problems [at Maryland] with admission," said Jack Ringel, Phillips' coach at Grady High School. "It had something to do with it."

Terrapins basketball coach Gary Williams declined to comment, in accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association rules regarding recruits.

According to those familiar with the situation, Phillips scored a total of 680, out of a possible 1600, on his first attempt at the Scholastic Aptitude Test last May, and took the test again Nov. 3. The admissions department at Maryland refused to offer the national letter of intent to Phillips until he met the school's SAT guidelines, which require a total score of 700.

Philips' coach said that the player has the grades to be admitted to Maryland.

"He's a pretty good student," Ringel said. "And he's a great kid. He would have helped Gary a lot."

Maryland, which announced the signing of 6-7 forward Geno Soto of Teaneck, N.J., earlier this week, also is expected to sign guard Wayne Bristol of High Point High School in Beltsville and forward Johnnie Rhodes of Dunbar in Washington.

Bristol and Rhodes have committed to Maryland orally, and the coaches at their respective schools said this week that their signings are merely formalities. The early signing period will end Wednesday.

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