Hammond's Rene Hines, an All-Howard County and All-Metro basketball player, will celebrate her 17th birthday today by signing a national letter of intent to attend Georgia State University in Atlanta.
"Georgia State had my major [business/marketing and advertising] and they play a very high level of competition," she said. "It fit me. It's where I felt I belong."
Wednesday was the first day of the one-week early signing period of NCAA letters of intent for high school seniors accepting scholarships for basketball and several other sports.
Hines, a 6-foot-1 forward, had team highs in scoring (18.1), steals (70), blocks (80) and three-pointers (32) to lead Hammond to its fifth consecutive Class 2A state championship game. She also grabbed 10.7 rebounds and became the first Hammond junior to score more than 1,000 career points (1,056).
Randallstown's Katrina Johns plans to sign Monday to play basketball at St. John's University, said Randallstown Athletic Director Larry Hall.
The 6-1 forward was an All-Baltimore City/County selection last year. She averaged 21.3 points and 14.6 rebounds and has 1,158 career points and 999 rebounds.
Kurt Light, Arundel two-time All-Metro right-handed pitcher, signed with the University of Georgia, and Annapolis basketball forward Brian Barber signed with Towson State University.
Light, 17-3 in two varsity seasons, pitched the Wildcats to a record seventh state title his sophomore year and just missed another last year, losing to Wootton by 2-1 in the final.
Barber, 6-foot-7, averaged 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Panthers.
Loyola announced the signing of Ryan Blosser, a 6-4 guard from Fishburne Military Academy in Wayneboro, Va., who averaged 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season.
Maryland announced the signings of Calvert Hall guard Juan Dixon (6-foot-2) and Thomas Johnson forward Terrance Morris (6-foot-8) after receiving their letters of intent.
"We watched Juan as much as any guard we've recruited," said Maryland Coach Gary Williams. "A lot of people think of him only as a shooter, but I think he'll be able to play both positions. He's also a very good defensive player and he likes to compete."
Of Johnson, Williams said: "He's one of those special players. He can do so many things at a young age. For a kid who's almost 6-9, he can do things that a 6-3 player can do. The important thing for Terrence is for him to keep developing."
Pub Date: 11/15/96