Wooster Is Drawing Attention

SIDELINES

February 02, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

Because you guys are swamping me with tidbits and "Q's" without answers, I've got to unload a second batch since Wednesday.

Don't get me wrong, sports fans, I'm not complaining. What I am doing is showing my gratitude and at the same time giving you what you want -- a lotof interesting notes on our favorite subject, Anne Arundel County sports.

Let me give you the 24-Hour Sportsline number, 647-2499 (most of you know it by heart anyway, as well as 911) and invite you to call any time with your answers, gripes, compliments or big "Q's" of your own.

* Isn't it a compliment to his extraordinary basketball talents and to the fact that he is a quality person and student/athlete that Rob Wooster of Annapolis has generated interest from not only the U.S. Naval Academy but the Georgetown Hoyas as well?

Have you heardthat Hoyas veteran assistant coach Craig Esherick attended the Annapolis High practice Thursday to watch the 6-foot-5 Wooster work out?

"Georgetown is definitely interested in Rob, and Esherick told me he can't believe that Rob hasn't signed with anybody yet," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who says Georgetown has one scholarship left.

"They (Georgetown) will be back to see Rob play a game, and Craig was also impressed with Marvin Brown."

Brown is a 6-foot-2 senior with exceptional quickness and the ability to fill it up.

Esherick,who graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1978 after playing for the Hoyas, has been an assistant to John Thompson since 1982. So, witha decade of recruiting big-time players under his belt, his interestin Wooster puts the Panther star in the blue-chip class.

* Did you know that this is the time of year that many Division I schools arebeating the bushes for marginal college hoop prospects to complete their scholarship allotments?

Most of the big schools have one or two scholarships left and don't be surprised to see the likes of Albert Lee and Edmund Hicks of South River and Gene Pleyo of Northeast endup with an opportunity.

One other thing on this college hoops recruiting business: Doesn't the NCAA practically force specialization with its short period during July that allows college hoop coaches to scout prospects in summer leagues and camps? Isn't that time of the year the period in which most of the top recruits are discovered?

In other words, high school hoop players can forget other summer sports or activities because they almost have to be ready for a competitive summer league or big-time camp to have a chance of being noticed.

Isn't one of the problems facing the big men who are hoping to be noticed by attending one of those summer-camp meat markets, the fact that the guards usually dominate? The backcourters are also out to impress and don't like to give the ball up.

* Speaking of college opportunities, isn't it great that North County's Anthony Walker, headedfor Syracuse, has joined the growing list of county football playersin the last few years receiving scholarships to play Division I football?

Some others within the last four to five football seasons include:

Lineman Mitch Suplee and quarterback John Kaleo from South River, who are attending the University of Maryland; Chris Alexander,lineman of Annapolis playing at Navy; Meade running back and kick-returner Tavio Henson, playing at University of Tennessee; lineman Brian Evans of Old Mill, at Towson State; and Matt Cook, an Annapolis lineman now at Dartmouth.

Wednesday's "Q's and A's" session that raised the issue of coaches who pad individual player stats resulted in one boys coach thinking he had been singled out when in actuality it was a jab at more than one boys coach and at least one girls coach.

The feedback to that item has raised a very interesting question. What constitutes a rebound?

Well, the NCAA defines a rebound as "retrieving the ball." Some coaches don't count it as a rebound when the ball hits the floor, but that is retrieving the ball and should count.

Also, shots that go up and don't hit anything are counted as a board by some coaches, but maybe not by others. The National High School Federation pretty much leaves it up to the leagues.

What this all leads to is the need for either the state or county to issue a list defining what constitutes rebounds, steals and assists, the three most abused stats. If each team put that sheet in their score book andoccasionally reviewed it with their (mostly) student scorekeepers, we would have a more accurate reporting of stats.

How important is an accurate stat sheet and game report to the media? It's probably more important to the kids and parents than anybody else, and that is reason enough to do it right.

I also heard from Dr. Garrett J. Lynch, director of the Arthroscopy and Sports Injury Center, who called on behalf of several others who felt they were left out of a Sidelinescolumn on volunteer athletic trainers.

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