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.”
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