Staring up from the papers he had just signed, indicating his acceptance of a full basketball scholarship to Duke University, Cardinal Gibbons guard Steve Wojciechowski began answering a television reporter's questions about his future.
As among the earliest signees yesterday -- the initial day of the NCAA's early signing period -- the second-team All-Metro pick had an answer for all the questions.
"We've touched on all those things before," said Mike Dahlem, assistant coach to Gibbons' Ray Mullis. "There are going to be challenges for him [this season at Gibbons], but he just wants to be the best co-captain he can be."
"Wojo" averaged a team-leading 13.2 points and led the Crusaders in assists (164), steals (113) and three-point shots (68) last year.
But the television cameras were still rolling when Wojciechowski -- sitting between his parents, Ed and Peggy -- had a tension-breaking answer when asked whether he was apprehensive about transferring his abilities from high school to a national basketball power.
"I'm not even out of high school yet," said Wojciechowski. "Right now, my first priority is to continue enjoying helping my Gibbons team and being a good student."
Every player, said Wojciechowski, is going to want to tackle the kid who's going to Duke.
"Every game somebody plays against me is going to be their best game, and when I was younger, that might have affected me," he said. "But I think I've matured enough to where I can be intense and aggressive while still being relaxed and keeping my focus in the game."
On the girls side, McDonogh's All-Metro Sonia Chase signed with the University of Maryland. Chase, a guard/forward, led last year's Eagles (13-7) to a No. 13 ranking while averaging 19.4 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Dunbar's two-time All-Metro Norman Nolan, a 6-foot-8 center, still has not decided between Providence, Georgia Tech and Virginia. Nolan (6-8, 225 pounds) said he has scheduled a press conference for Monday at 2 p.m. at Dunbar, where he will sign and announce his decision.
"All three schools are good schools," said Nolan, who averaged 18.1 points and 12.3 rebounds while leading Dunbar to last year's 1A state title. Before transferring to top-ranked Dunbar (20-4) last year, Nolan led Milford Mill to the 1A state title in 1992.
"Providence is in a class by itself, and it's really establishing itself as top basketball program," said Nolan. "On the other hand, you can't go wrong with either Virginia or Georgia Tech, so it's really tough to choose."
Hammond's two-time All-Metro guard Kacy Williams, who averaged 12.1 steals, 5.1 assists and 4.5 steals for the third-ranked Bears (20-5) last year, has announced she will sign a basketball scholarship Friday with Georgetown University.
Lake Clifton's second-team All-City 6-7 center Terrance Payne will announce his choice between Kansas State and Xavier on Monday at 11 a.m.