Lincoln guard Ahmaad Rorie asks for release from Cal, opens up recruiting

Staff writerMay 2, 2014 

Lincoln's Ahmaad Rorie drives the lane against Wilson at Foss high School Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

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Spring time has brought about a few changes in the life of talented Lincoln High School point guard Ahmaad Rorie.

First, he tried out for a sport he always wanted to – track and field. And his mark of 45 feet, ½ inch in the triple jump already ranks 10th in the state of Washington this season.

And for the first time in two years, he is without an NCAA Division I program for basketball. That is because after meeting with new California men’s coach Cuonzo Martin over the weekend, Rorie asked for a release from his letter of intent, which the school granted Wednesday.

The three-time News Tribune All-Area guard said a number of schools have already contacted him over the past day or so. He was bombarded with phone calls and text messages Thursday at school. Many have offered him a scholarship for next season.

Rorie said he has recruiting trips planned for Oregon and Washington in the next few weeks. At this point, he has not declared a favorite.

“I didn’t really get the release because I was unhappy with Cal,” said Rorie, a consensus top-25 point guard nationally. “I just got it because I wanted to test the waters and see how it goes. I have the right to do that.

“I look at it as an opportunity – a gift from God. To still get recruited this late in the game … it makes me feel happy. I am just trying to go through this process, slow it down a little bit.”

Todd Milles: 253-597-8442
Todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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