Basketball: Cal PG signee Ahmaad Rorie cleared to play tonight for hometown HS team in Tacoma


* Lincoln wins in Rorie’s return

Fall signee Ahmaad Rorie, who began the basketball season playing for Florida powerhouse Montverde Academy, was cleared to play Wednesday night back at his hometown school, Lincoln HS of Tacoma, Wash.

Rorie left Montverde, which had been ranked No. 1 in the nation until losing recently for the first time, in order to return to Lincoln where he could fit classes into his schedule that he needs to graduate.

In a phone interview, Rorie said that Monteverde wanted him to take classes in the summer in order to graduate. That would conflict with his need to be at Berkeley to attend the summer bridge program that all incoming freshmen athletes take.

“There were classes I had to take and my schedule was already full,” Rorie said.

Rorie was able to get the classes he needed at Lincoln, but before being cleared to play he attended a Tuesday hearing.

His appeal was approved Wednesday. “Everything’s going to work out,” he said. “I’m playing tonight.”

A four-star recruited rated as the nation’s No. 17 point guard prospect by Scout.com. Rorie said his old Lincoln teammates are happy to have him back.

“Oh yeah, they welcomed me back, so I’m excited,” he said.

The Abes, 12-1 and ranked No. 5 in the state according to MaxPreps, play North Thurston of Lacey, Wash., in Rorie’s return game.

Jeff Faraudo