Missouri is the latest school to enter the recruiting derby for standout guard Ahmaad Rorie. The point guard at Tacoma’s Lincoln High is expected to make a college choice this weekend.
He visited Washington and Washington State. He also has an offer from Wichita State. There’s also speculation Oregon State could land Rorie if the Beavers hired Travis DeCuire. Rorie signed with California and reportedly has a good relationship with DeCuire, who was a Cal assistant. DeCuire didn’t get the Golden Bears head coaching job and wasn’t retained on staff by new coach Cuonzo Martin.
DeCuire is considered a dark horse candidate at Oregon State.
Meanwhile, Garfield High star Tramaine Isabell left Washington State and joined Rorie on the recruiting market. Had a chance to talk to Isabell this week. Here’s a snippet of the interview.
(Why did you leave Washington State?) “It was a family decision. I think it’s what’s best for me and it’s the route that my family wants me to take.”
(So what’s the next step?) “Now it’s about figuring out where I’m going and figuring out what the future holds.”
(What are you looking for?) “Just a good coach that wants to win and knows that it’s not all about basketball. I feel that’s the key. My family thinks the same thing. I’m looking for a perfect fit.”
(Do you need to be in the northwest or on the west coast?) “No.”
(Would Washington be a team that might be in the mix?) “I don’t know. I don’t want to get into that.”
(Having gone through this before, I’d assume you have a better idea of what you want?) “I can honestly say I’m better prepared this time. The first time, it was a little overwhelming.”
(Going back to Washington State, were you tied to Ken Bone or did you see something in this new staff that you didn’t like?) “It was more of me tied to Ken Bone than anything.”
(What did or didn’t you hear in your conversations with Kent?) “I heard a lot of good things. It just didn’t fit. My family thought it would be best to go a different route. Now I have to figure out what I’m going to do in the future.”
(How soon are you looking to make a decision?) “Real soon. The summer is coming up. Hopefully real soon.”
(A month? A week?) “Honestly there’s no real time frame. But the summer is coming up so I got to do it soon.”
(Does Ahmaad Rorie factor into your situation. It’s rare when two high-caliber point guards in the same area are on the market this late in the recruiting season.) “His coach retired and mine got fired. I think there’s some similarities there. But his situation has nothing to do with mine. He’s a good player and I’m sure that he’ll find a place that’s perfect for him.”
(Do you guys know each other?) “Yeah.”
(Did you guys talk about playing together at Washington State?) “That’s come up. I think he took a visit for about a half a day there. But it would be nice if we played together for sure.”
(You have an idea what he might do?) “No. I have no idea.”
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington State picked up its fourth 2014 recruit when Nyaires “Ny” Redding signed scholarship papers with the Cougars. The 6-2, 180 pound guard from Solon, OH via Westwind Prep (Arizona) joins guard Jackie Davis and junior-college forward Aaron Cheatum.
— With Howland out, Oregon native and Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire appears to be the leading candidate for OSU.
— Former Portland Trail Blazer standout Terry Porter is also a possibility for the OSU job.
— The five-day NBA pre-draft camp began Wednesday and you may not have known because it’s not really that important.
— Regardless of what some may think, ESPN2 and ESPNU will provide 10 hours of coverage Thursday and Friday.
— Arizona State guard Jahii Carson, who is projected as a second-round pick, is looking to big impression on NBA scouts this week at the pre-draft camp.
— And here’s video from the West Coast All-Star Classic two weeks ago. Incoming Washington freshman Donaven Dorsey is featured along with Rorie. Former Bothell High standout Josh Martin, who was recruited by UW and will play for Minnesota, has some really nice highlights near the end of the video.