Dunbar star Rodney Elliott will play for Terps

April 21, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

Dunbar High School forward Rodney Elliott, who became one of the top basketball players in the country this year, will attend the University of Maryland.

Elliott said he would sign his national letter of intent today at a news conference.

Elliott becomes the second prominent player in as many years to go from Dunbar to College Park. Forward Keith Booth a year ago was the first Poet to become a Terrapin since Ernie Graham.

Elliott, who made first team All-Metro, averaged 12.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Poets. His announcement ends speculation that he was going to pass up Maryland for George Washington, which jumped into the hunt when 7-foot sophomore Yinka Dare announced recently he was leaving school for the NBA.

While the Colonials could promise more playing time, the possibility of being used at center didn't seem enticing. At 6-8, 205 pounds, Elliott will be used at both forward positions next season and gives the Terps another blue-chip frontcourt player.

"I knew Maryland was the right school for me," said Elliott. "I know in my mind I can come in and contribute."

Elliott's stock rose dramatically last season. In the eyes of many, he surpassed teammate Norman Nolan, who chose Virginia over Maryland and signed with the Cavaliers last November. Elliott had also been recruited by North Carolina State and Clemson.

Elliott becomes the first player signed by Maryland since its remarkable turnaround season, when the Terps reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Two other players, Tim Wooden of Seminole (Okla.) Junior College and Sarunas Jasikevicius, a shooting guard from Lithuania, are also considering signing with Maryland.

Wooden, a 6-10, 205-pounder, has narrowed his choices to Maryland and Florida State.

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