Tacoma point guard Ahmaad Rorie picks Oregon over UW
Three-start recruit had been granted his release from California scholarship.
Seattle Times staff reporter
TACOMA — Upon receiving his release from California earlier this month, Ahmaad Rorie immediately visited Washington, which sparked speculation that the Huskies might land the touted basketball prospect.
However, the 6-foot point guard who starred at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School made two more trips — first to Washington State last week and to Oregon on Tuesday. Before returning home, Rorie signed a binding agreement Wednesday with the Ducks on the final day of the signing period.
And Thursday afternoon, he announced his college decision during a small ceremony in front of friends and classmates in the Lincoln gym.
Sitting next to his grandparents, John and Brenda Campbell, and Abes coach Aubrey Shelton, Rorie reached under a table to pull out a bright yellow Oregon hat and placed it on his head, capping a three-week whirlwind recruitment.
“Next year I’ll be playing at the University of Oregon,” he said as the crowd cheered.
Rainier Beach High standout David Crisp, who committed to UW and plans to enroll in 2015, and Washington State star DaVonte Lacy were there support their friend and lobby for their respective schools.
Rorie, who is considered a three-star prospect by Scout while ESPN.com and a four-star prospect by Rivals, also had offers from UW, WSU, Arizona State, Missouri, Memphis and Wichita State.
Washington enters the 2014-15 season with one scholarship available.
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