Morningside’s Campbell Picks Clemson

Elden Campbell, an All-Southern Section center from Inglewood Morningside, said Tuesday night that he will sign a letter of intent with Clemson, but two other top prospects from California remained undecided going into today’s second signing period for high school basketball players.

Forward Chris Munk of San Francisco Riordan got a home visit from new USC Coach George Raveling, but the No. 1 unsigned recruit in the state did not make a commitment. Meanwhile, forward Jud Buechler of Poway, who is also an outstanding prep volleyball player, said he still has not decided between UCLA and Arizona.

Raveling also phoned Keith Smith of Portland Wilson after taking the Trojan job on March 27. But Wilson, who just returned from a visit to Kentucky, will reportedly chose among Kentucky, Washington, California and Oregon.

The 6-foot 10-inch Campbell, who averaged 23 points a game for Morningside, picked Clemson over Pepperdine because of the prestige and competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference. USC and Kansas both dropped out of the running in recent weeks.


Elsewhere, two starters from Southern Section 5-A champion Santa Ana Mater Dei also announced their intentions. Guard Tom Peabody said he would play at Rice, and forward Jim Dwyer picked Columbia.

J.T. Snow, a three-spot star at Los Alamitos and son of former Ram receiver Jack Snow, will sign to play baseball at the University of Arizona. Snow had three hits in the Griffins’ 10-0 win over Pacific of Garden Grove.

The signing period ends May 15.