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Clover Park's Star Guard Ahmaad Rorie Announces Transfer to Tacoma School

Sophomore who has already signed with the University of California said decision to leave the Warriors was hard.

Clover Park sophomore Ahmaad Rorie will not don green and gold for his junior basketball season this winter, but instead is transferring to Lincoln High School.

The 6-foot point guard, who helped guide the Warriors to their first state championship in school history in 2011, committed earlier this year to play at the University of California.

Rorie said Thursday that he and his mom moved from Lakewood to Tacoma a few months ago and that distance and gas prices make it unfeasible to stay at Clover Park.

“It’s really hard,” he said, “especially when I realized how much support people have for me. But I had to make the change.”

Rorie said he first considered transferring after the 2012 state tournament, in which Clover Park finished fourth, and formally announced his intent to play for Lincoln earlier this month.

Staying at Clover Park is fellow guard David Crisp, with whom Rorie has played most of his life. Crisp, who will also be a junior next year, said he is committed to the Warriors.

“It’s going to be a little different,” he said, “but I’m just going to step up more in my leader role and really be a captain.”

In May, Rorie was named to the elite ESPN list of the top 60 players in the Class of 2014.

He scored a tournament high 46 points in a 79-49 win against Ellensburg in the consolation semifinals of the 2A state tournament this year and 101 total points in the three games Clover Park played at the Yakima SunDome.

Rorie said he is looking forward to playing Class 3A basketball.

“It’s definitely going to be fun,” he said. It’s a lot more competition than 2A, and it will better prepare me for college, too.”

Rorie said it was hard to tell Clover Park coach Mel Ninnis that he was leaving.

“He’s been one of the best mentors in my life,” he said, adding that he intends to keep in touch with his former teammates. “I still plan to go to their games, and hopefully they’ll come to mine – if they’re not too mad.”

Still, Ninnis said that the team will continue on without Rorie.

“I have to develop a team that is at Clover Park next year during basketball season,” he said. “That’s my job. Players and families come and go, but Coach and Mrs. Ninnis stay the same. We’re constants.

“Every year, it’s a different team, but we stay the same.”

Crisp was more succinct in his assessment of next season.

“I still plan on going to state.”

Ken Jones June 22, 2012 at 08:17 AM
This is encouraging. More student-athletes should direct their future to maximize their potential. Young athletes taking control of their skill set and master their potential, it’s ’bout time. No one would've a negative comment 'bout a teenager leaving public school for a private school education. No one should've a negative comment 'bout a teenager leaving a 2A school for a 3A school.
Brent Champaco June 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Thank Ken. I never thought about the whole private school aspect. I agree.
No Bias Just Truth June 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
A school's division level doesn't dictate sports skill level. 2A vs 3A simply has to do with enrollment numbers. John Wall, #1 NBA draft pick 2010 came from a 1A school. Be mindful that this particular student signed with a top PAC 12 school while playing for a 2A school...
Ken Jones June 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Ahmaad excels at hoops ... to be the best, you've gotta play the best. Ahmaad will be challenged in 3A hoops which should have a positive impact on his game. With everything that's happenin' @ Lincoln High School, as a parent, I'd put my children in the best possible position for continued success ... to be the best, you've gotta play against or with the best. That'd would mean relocating to S. 44th Street in T-town.
J Ray June 25, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Ken, Lincoln is far from the best, as is 3a. According to the kid, location and finances are his reasons. As for being best by playing best competition... CP will play better competition in post season in a higher stakes setting while Lincoln is watching the state playoffs from the stands.
J Ray June 25, 2012 at 01:45 AM
If 3a were the only factor, a 3 mile transfer to Lakes (3a champs 2011) would make a lot more sense.
Ken Jones June 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Hmmmm, I don't know J. In the District playoffs, over the last 3 years, Lincoln basketball has been a contender. With the addition of Ahmaad Rorie and Caden Rowland (Mount Rainer) to compliment Tre'Shaun Lexing, the Lincoln Abes maybe watchin' the other teams play from the stands before preparing to play for the 2013 WIAA 3A High School Basketball Championship.
Ken Jones June 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Right, Lakes, 2011 3A Championship ... that was a total team effort ... great season for the Lancers. Cedric Dozier doin' a back flip for the cameras ... lol. Loved that run, that team ... Once a Lancer, always a Lancer and F.O.E. With all the changes with Lakes athletics in 2012-13, Ahmaad Rorie would have been welcomed at Lakes. But an opportunity to play at Lincoln was the smartest choice. With the additions to Lincoln High School basketball, I think you'll see a higher national ranking on ESPNHS and a top 10 regional ranking too. That reminds me, I have to bounce ESPNHS Basketball this article. ;)

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