Plans are in the works to hang Keith Booth's jersey from the rafters of Cole Field House, sources within the Maryland athletic department said yesterday. The ceremony will take place before Saturday's final regular-season home game against North Carolina.
Booth's No. 22 will be the third honored during coach Gary Williams' eight seasons at Maryland, following Walt Williams' 42 in 1992 and Joe Smith's 32 last season. Until an official announcement is made, Williams deferred all comment to athletic director Debbie Yow.
When reached at her office yesterday, Yow declined to comment.
It was Williams who first raised the possibility last month, after the 6-foot-6 senior from Baltimore was acclaimed by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening with a day in his honor. "It should be done," Williams said at the time. "He did a lot for the Maryland program by coming here and he's done a lot in his four years."
Booth was the first Dunbar High star to come to College Park since Ernie Graham, and he will become just the fourth Terrapin to play on four straight NCAA tournament teams.
He ranks among the top 10 all-time at Maryland in free throws made and attempted (first), scoring (eighth), rebounding (fifth) and steals (second).
Pub Date: 2/18/97