UM, Ga. Tech seen leading Karcher list Villanova, Seton Hall also being considered


St. Frances basketball star Mark Karcher has narrowed his choice of colleges to Georgia Tech, Maryland, Villanova and Seton Hall, and the McDonald's All-American is planning a trip to Tech on April 12. The late signing period begins a week from today.

According to recruiting sources, Karcher apparently has Georgia Tech and Maryland at the top of his list.

The 6-foot-5 swingman committed orally to Villanova in the fall, then backed out.

Maryland coach Gary Williams declined to comment, in accordance with NCAA rules. Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins couldn't be reached for comment. Karcher has yet to qualify academically under NCAA guidelines.

A couple of months ago, Karcher had been considering a number of schools, most prominently Seton Hall because of a connection between former Dunbar star Sam Cassell and Pirates assistant coach Kenny Williamson, who helped steer Cassell to Florida State. Other schools Karcher had considered included Rutgers, Miami, Providence and Virginia.

However, the recent firing of Seton Hall coach George Blaney has left Williamson without a job.

Karcher is one of three McDonald's All-Americans Cremins is bringing in for visits over the next week.

Along with Karcher, Cremins is also reportedly after Baron Davis of Santa Monica, Calif., considered by most recruiting experts to be the top point guard in the country, as well as local star Deion Glover.

"Bobby needs a big recruiting year to turn things around quickly," one recruiting expert said yesterday.

Cremins is without a backcourt after it was recently announced that freshman Kevin Morris and sophomore Gary Saunders have come to an agreement with their coach and will transfer. The Yellow Jackets finished 9-18 this season, the worst for Cremins in 16 years at Georgia Tech.

In another development involving Maryland, junior-college point guard Chauncey Jones is expected to visit College Park, as well as Virginia and Purdue. Jones led Wabash (Ill.) Valley Community College to this year's 16-team national tournament.

Jones, 6-1 and 175 pounds, averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 52.4 percent from the field, including 38 percent on three-point shots. A native of Chicago, he is considered the nation's second-best junior college point guard behind Michael Horton of Allegany (Md.) Community College. Horton is expected to sign with Cincinnati.

The news that Williams is recruiting another point guard may be the result of the way sophomore Terrell Stokes finished the season for the Terrapins.

Aside from his sporadic play, Stokes was benched at the start of Maryland's opening-round loss to the College of Charleston in the NCAA tournament after missing curfew the week before at the ACC tournament, along with sophomore swingman Laron Profit.

Again, Williams declined to comment on recruiting Jones.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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