Star Tacoma guard Rorie tripping to WSU

AHMAAD RORIE, the No. 19-rated point guard in the nation in the 2014 recruiting cycle, told his hometown paper, the Tacoma News Tribune, that being granted a release from his letter of intent at Cal was "a gift from God." This weekend new Washington State head coach Ernie Kent is planning to convince the Lincoln High star that Pullman is a little slice of heaven.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels reported late Monday that the 6-2, 170-pound Rorie would be taking an official visit to WSU this weekend.

While Rorie is considered a top prospect at point guard, he's a scorer first and could slide into the off-guard role.

The Cougars have two of five scholarship slots in this recruiting still open. And at least one other prospect will be joining Rorie in Pullman: shooting guard Nye Redding of Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix.

Rorie is believed to have a taken an official visit to Washington last weekend. He just canceled a trip to Oregon, for reasons unknown.

Rorie's sudden availability caught much of the recruiting world by surprise. He had verbally committed to Cal in 2012 and then put his name on the dotted line with them in the early signing period this past November. His plans changed when Mike Montgomery retired at season's end. After talking with new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin, Rorie asked for and was granted his release.

Rorie is a three-time News Tribune All-Area pick. He averaged 16.7 and 18 points, respectively, into two seasons at Clover Park High, and 21 points a year ago at Lincoln. This past season he spent the first half of the year at Montverde Academy in Florida before returning to Lincoln at mid season.

The Cougars' recruiting class currently consists of guard Tramaine Isabell, forward Aaron Cheatum and guard Jackie Davis.

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