The NCAA signing period for high school basketball players begins today, but there probably won't be much activity among area players.
Kwame Evans, a guard from Southern-Baltimore who announced last week that he will attend George Washington, is the only area basketball player expected to sign today.
Dunbar forward Donta Bright (Massachusetts) and guard Michael Lloyd (Arkansas) also have announced their college choices. However, both are in Atlanta preparing for the McDonald's All-America game, April 19 at Georgia Tech. Poets coach Pete Pompey said both probably will sign next week.
Neither Lloyd nor Bright has scored the 700 minimum needed on the Scholastic Aptitude Test for freshman eligibility under NCAA rules, but Pompey said Massachusetts and Arkansas are prepared to let the players sign and sit out their freshman seasons, if necessary.
Two other Division I recruits have not yet made decisions. Cyrus Jones, a 6-foot Dunbar guard, has visited Clemson, and also is looking at Duquesne, Delaware, Towson State and Loyola. Rob Wooster, a 6-5 Annapolis guard and a second-team All-Metro pick, has visited St. Francis (N.Y.) and is also considering California (Pa.) and East Carolina.
Overlea's Bernard Hopkins, a 6-6 center who was an All-Metro first-team pick in basketball and football (tight end), has decided to play basketball. But Hopkins will attend Hagerstown Junior College to improve his grades, Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer said.
Steve Thomas, a 1,000-point scorer during his four years at Walbrook, is expected to sign with Towson State. Thomas was recruited by the Tigers out of high school, but did not meet the academic requirements for freshman eligibility. He has been spending this school year at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep.
Three area players signed during the early period in November. Cardinal Gibbons guard Quintin Moody chose Towson State, Towson Catholic forward Tony Bishop chose South Alabama and Towson Catholic guard Sydney Johnson selected Boston University.