As one of the earliest commits in Cal history after giving a verbal pledge to the Bears as a sophomore in 2012, Lincoln (Tacoma, WA) High School senior Ahmaad Rorie thought he'd secured his future well in advance.
Then came this month's announcement that NCAA coaching legend Mike Montgomery decided to hang up his clipboard, leaving Rorie's future in doubt.
The 6-0/170 4 star point guard had developed a strong bond with Montgomery's staff, especially assistant head coach Travis DeCuire, who is also a Washington native. Now it's time to reassess things for Rorie and see if the magic is still here for him at Cal.
New head coach Cuonzo Martin opened up the line of communications this week, calling Rorie and his mother the day after his hiring and letting him know of his interest in keeping the talented point guard in the fold.
"Coach Martin seems like a really cool guy," said Rorie. "I enjoyed talking with him.
"It seems like he has lots of energy and is really ready to get things rolling at Cal."
The news of Montgomery's retirement initially hit Rorie fairly hard, leaving him wondering what his place may be in the new Cal regime, but those questions were quickly answered.
"I told coach that I'd like to know where things stand with me and he told me that I'm absolutely a high priority to the new staff and that they want me to be their point guard. I didn't know if they'd want to bring in another point early on so that was good to hear."
Martin has set up a meeting with Rorie, his mother and his AAU coach, who's provided a lot of guidance to Rorie and who's been sort of a father figure to him. The meeting is set for next Sunday.
As for his mother, who's always been firmly in Cal's camp since Rorie's commitment, she's leaving it up to her son to make the decision that's best for him.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do right now but my mom said she'll support me with whatever decision I make," concluded Rorie. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do at this point but hopefully we'll get this figured out soon enough after talking with my mom and coach."
Stay tuned for more as this story develops.
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