Robert Morris landed a point guard from North Carolina for their Class of 2020 and are back trying to land another player from the same area in the Class of 2021.
While evaluating and eventually signing 2020 point guard Trayden Williams from North Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina, Andy Toole and his staff also noticed the talents of 2021 forward Chris Ford. On Monday, Ford got a call from Andy Toole letting him know that he’d earned a scholarship offer from Robert Morris. The RMU scholarship is his second Division I offer, with the other coming from Davidson.
“Coach called me yesterday and told me that he’d been following me throughout the season during open gyms and stuff like that because our point guard Trayden Williams got an offer and is going to Robert Morris this season,” Ford told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach said that he’s watched me play a lot and liked what he saw and wanted to extend an offer.”
“I was excited by the news because receiving an offer is a blessing and is a testament to all the hard work I’ve put in. While I was excited, I was a little surprised because I wasn’t expecting it from them. I found out about the offer from Robert Morris while I was at work. While we were on the phone, Coach told me that they’d changed conferences so that’s a big move. I don’t know too much about the school but now that I have an offer, I’m definitely going to start to work to find out more that’s for sure.”
When asked to describe the strengths in his game, Ford (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) started off mentioning his versatility along with his ability to slash in order to get to the basket. Ford also told PSN that he plays the game the right way by getting his shots through the flow of the offense and looks to get his teammates involved.
“I believe that I can play a few different positions in college so my eventual position is still up in the air and yet to be determined,” said Ford. “My personally, I think I’ll be either a three or a four, maybe a shooting guard, depending on the school.”
Prior to COVID-19, Ford planned on playing in AAU tournaments with Team Charlotte but that’s likely been wiped out, although Ford believes they may get a tournament or two in. Once visits to campus are permitted, Ford told PSN that he wants to start making unofficial trips in order to start looking for his future basketball home.
“Academics is something that’s definitely big.,” he said. “My parents have always taught me to do well in school because basketball won’t last forever. I’ll also be looking for somewhere that I believe I fit in well at and where I could see myself being for 4 years. It’s also been big for my family to come watch me play.
“Pittsburgh wouldn’t be too far, I actually have family that lives up that way (aunt and uncle) so it wouldn’t be too bad. It’s a little ways from Charlotte but knowing that I have family there would be good.”