Local standouts Ngongba, Conwell remain undecided

April 10, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The area's two remaining most sought-after college basketball prospects won't be signing letters of intent today, the first day of the spring signing period for NCAA national letters of intent.

Calvert Hall's Patrick Ngongba, considered one of the top five unsigned power forwards in the nation by Reidel's Roundball Review, and Oakland Mills first-team All-Metro guard Irving Conwell each have five schools remaining on their list.

The signing period runs through May 15.

Ngongba (6 feet 7), who led the Cardinals to their second straight MIAA title, said he has visited Houston and still wants to visit Providence, George Washington, Dayton and Alabama.

Conwell (6-4), who averaged 25.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, has narrowed his choices to George Washington, Georgia, Towson State, Dayton and Tulane.

"I want to play basketball at a major level, and I'd like to make a decision over the next two weeks," said Conwell, who hopes to make an impression during this weekend's Mid State Roundball Classic, which features a team of Maryland all-stars vs. Pennsylvania all-stars at Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Conwell has expressed interest in playing with Colonials freshman guard Shawnta Rogers, a Lake Clifton graduate who was The Sun's Player of the Year in 1995.

Other seniors from The Sun's All-Metro first team who should be signing soon are Josh Davalli (Gibbons), Dedric Galloway (Southern-Baltimore), Reginald Johnson (Southwestern) and Alphonso Jones (St. Frances).

Johnson and Jones may take the junior college route, and Davalli is considering Army, Bucknell, Dayton, Maryland, Navy, Penn State, Towson State and UMBC. Galloway is looking at Dayton, East Carolina and Temple.

Johnny Hemsley, Southern's two-time All-Metro pick who announced his intention to attend Miami two weeks ago, will sign today. The 6-6 guard/forward, who averaged 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, led the Bulldogs to their third state title in four years.

He will play in tonight's Capital Classic at USAir Arena in Landover.

Several area girls also signed during the early period in November: Joppatowne's Brandi Barnes (Maryland), Mount Hebron's Alisha Mosley (Wake Forest), Arundel's Chavonne Hammond (Vanderbilt), Severna Park's Jennifer Holmes (Vanderbilt) and Seton Keough's Melanie Morris (American).

Among the area colleges, Loyola was the big winner in November with its three early signings: guards Jason Rowe and Darren Kelly and forward Erik Cooper.

Rowe, of Buffalo, N.Y., is rated as one of the nation's best point guards. He averaged 26.1 points, 9.0 assists, 5.0 steals and 5.0 rebounds as a senior.

Kelly, a shooting guard from Archbishop Carroll, averaged 18.0 points last season. Cooper, from Middleburgh, N.Y., averaged 26.1 points and 15.2 rebounds.

At least two signings each are expected at Towson State and UMBC this week.

Sun staff writer Roch Eric Kubatko contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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