Karcher To Sign With Temple

St. Frances Swingman Is Lured By Prop 48 Success Of Chaney

April 29, 1997|By Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney

St. Frances' Mark Karcher, The Sun's two-time All-Metro basketball Player of the Year, has scheduled a 2: 15 p.m. news conference for today at the East Baltimore school, where he is expected to sign a letter of intent to attend Temple.

The Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer reported today that Karcher, a 6-foot-5 swingman, will attend Temple.

College and recruiting sources say Karcher, who has not yet met the requirements for freshman eligibility, was strongly influenced by Owls coach John Chaney's success with Proposition 48 players. Under the NCAA's Proposition 48, athletes who do not qualify academically must sit out their freshman seasons with no scholarship and then have three years of eligibility.

Karcher, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, reportedly met with Chaney on campus last Thursday. St. Frances coach William Wells declined to comment yesterday.

NBA players Aaron McKee (Detroit Pistons) and Eddie Jones (Los Angeles Lakers), both Prop 48 recruits, played three years at Temple before graduating in 1993.

The Owls' starting shooting guard, Rasheed Brokenborough, just completed his sophomore season after sitting out his freshman season as a Prop 48.

To be considered a full freshman qualifier, Karcher must obtain a minimum SAT score of 820 with a corresponding 2.5 grade-point average, or have a 2.0 average with a corresponding 1,010 SAT. On April 9, Wells said Karcher was "roughly" 100 points shy of the 820 SAT score he needs to qualify.

Atlantic Coast Conference schools do not accept Proposition 48 students, so neither Maryland nor Georgia Tech could accept Karcher, unless he were at least a partial qualifier (meaning between a 2.525 and 2.75 GPA with corresponding 810 to 720 SAT). Partial qualifiers can receive scholarships as freshmen and have four years of eligibility, but must sit out their first seasons.

Karcher canceled scheduled visits to Maryland and Georgia Tech within the last two weeks.

According to a source within Maryland's athletic department, coach Gary Williams planned to suggest that Karcher attend a prep school to improve his core grade average while still maintaining his four years of Division I eligibility. Wells said of that proposal, "We didn't think that was right for a kid of his caliber."

A source close to Karcher said Seton Hall, Villanova and Miami (Fla.) were among his final choices. Cincinnati also reportedly had become involved in recruiting Karcher in recent weeks.

A Super 25 pick by USA Today and a McDonald's All-American, Karcher is regarded as one of the country's top 20 players by most of the major recruiting publications. An extremely versatile player, he averaged 28.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.4 steals. In four seasons, Karcher led St. Frances to a 99-24 record.

Tom Konchalski, editor of the HSBI Report, said of Karcher: "He's definitely the best player to come out of Baltimore since Reggie Williams."

At Temple, Karcher would join a strong corps of underclassmen in the Owls' backcourt, including returnee Pepe Sanchez, who will be a sophomore next season, and incoming freshman Lynn Greer, the Philadelphia public schools' Player of the Year this past season.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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