Rocky Mount High basketball star Tashawn Mabry is going to the University of Rhode Island â€” not N.C. State, which was his top choice two weeks ago.
Mabry, a 6-foot-5 small forward, told the Telegram late Wednesday night that he signed a letter of intent to play for the Rams on what was the final day of the NCAA signing period.
â€œIâ€™m real excited. Overall, when I went up there, I liked the campus and the coaches. And one of the guys I already knew (Akeem Richmond). It seemed like a good fit for me,â€ Mabry said over the phone.
Mabry, whose main recruiter was URI assistant coach Kevin Clark, said he made his final decision between five schools: Rhode Island, Charlotte, Clemson, N.C. State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He didnâ€™t mention Jacksonville or Wyoming in that final list, but said they were in his top four a week ago.
â€œEverybodyâ€™s real down to earth (at URI). I knew they have a good tradition. A couple guys played there that went to the NBA (Lamar Odom and Cuttino Mobley). Iâ€™ll be able to get a lot of exposure and play a good schedule in the Atlantic 10,â€ Mabry said.