Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright, Dunbar High's two McDonald's All-Americans, will not be eligible to play during the 1992-93 college basketball season because they failed to score the minimum on entrance exams required by NCAA Proposition 48.
Proposition 48 requires all incoming college freshmen to have a 2.0 grade-point average and a minimum score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (700) or the American College Test (17) in order to compete in NCAA Division I sports. Lloyd and Bright had 2.0s, but did not meet the requirements on the SAT or ACT.
After leading Dunbar to a 29-0 record and the nation's No. 1 ranking, Lloyd signed with Arkansas and Bright signed with Massachusetts.
"I've talked to the coaches at Arkansas, and I told them that I didn't get my scores," said Lloyd, who said he missed the ACT score by two points. "But, despite that, they still want me to come."
But Lloyd doesn't want to go.
"I haven't talked to Pete [Pompey, Dunbar head coach], but once I talk to him, I'll be able to sort things out a little better. I just can't go down there and sit out."
Pompey is working at the Five Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh and could not be reached for comment. Neither could Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson.
"I'm seriously considering going to San Jacinto [Texas] Junior College," said Lloyd, a 1991-92 All-Metro first-team selection. "I've had offers from [College of] Southern Idaho and Hutchinson [Community College in Kansas]. I've talked to Sam Cassell [former Dunbar standout who plays at Florida State], and he has told me nothing but good things about San Jacinto."
Bright, on the other hand, has decided to enroll at Massachusetts in the fall and sit out his freshman season. He then will have three years of eligibility remaining.
vTC "I chose the school that I wanted to go to, and I have to deal with the circumstances that have been dealt," said Bright, who was named The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year for 1991-92. "I'm looking forward to going there because I'm tired of all the waiting.
"I'm disappointed, but it will help me in terms of my studies."
Lloyd led the Poets in scoring last season with 21.9 points and had 6.9 assists per game. Bright, who averaged 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds last season, was named Eastern Basketball magazine's 1992 Prep Player of the Year.