URI Invades N.C. Again

The all-time leading scorer at Rocky Mount High School (he passed Phil Ford this year) is headed to Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Rams have a niche in North Carolina. In the past two years, Jim Baron's Rams have signed two of the highest scoring high school players in the state's history. As a high school senior, guard Akeem Richmond signed with URI. On Wednesday night, forward Tashawn Mabry joined him.

How did the Rams do it? They were patient. URI inked both players during the late signing period after each waited to see if local options would pan out. Getting Richmond was key acquiring Mabry.

When Michael Mabry faxed his son's letter of intent to Rhode Island, he knew Tashawn had a friend in Richmond. The pair attended some of the same camps, ran in similar circles and their father's are close. Did it matter? Of course it did, this is recruiting and it's about relationships.

Richmond scored 2,846 points in high school career. Mabry led his team to a state championship as a senior and passed Phil Ford as the all-time leading scorer at Rocky Mount High School.

Add in Mabry's 2,411 career points and that's 5,257 points the Rams recruited out of North Carolina in two seasons! Seriously, how many programs have two signees with that many career points?

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