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.