Terps to play in UMass tournament Booth could face former Poet Bright


Former Dunbar basketball teammates Keith Booth and Donta Bright could meet as opponents next season when Maryland plays in a Christmas tournament at the University of Massachusetts.

UMass coach John Calipari said yesterday that plans have been made -- though no contract has been signed -- for the Terrapins to play in the tournament. The teams would not meet in the opening round, but could meet in the final.

"The other two schools aren't set, but Maryland is coming," Calipari said yesterday from Amherst. "We're going to try and return the game in 1995, and we're hoping to play at the Baltimore Arena so that it could be something of a homecoming for Donta."

Bright, who sat out last season at UMass after failing to reach academic requirements, and Booth, a Dunbar senior who recently gave an oral commitment to play at Maryland, are cousins. Together with Michael Lloyd, now at San Jacinto (Junior) College in Texas, Bright and Booth led the Poets to the 1992 national championship.

Neither Calipari nor Maryland coach Gary Williams, who confirmed his team's inclusion in the tournament, could comment on the prospective meeting of the two players since it is against NCAA rules to talk about a player until he officially signs. Booth is expected to sign a national letter of intent when the late signing period begins April 14.

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