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Many athletes choose the best offer available, but Wilson Prep senior Righteous Tomlin preferred the best fit for him when selecting where to continue his basketball life.
Tomlin had offers and interest from NCAA Division II and Division III colleges like the University of Mount Olive, Saint Augustine’s University and North Carolina Wesleyan College, but none of those schools were met his needs in terms of curriculum. So Tomlin decided to go the junior college route and signed with Wake Technical Community College.
“I wanted to restart the process all over again because I didn’t like the opportunities I had going into four-year schools and post-grad,” Tomlin said. “I want to get better, and I felt like Wake Tech is the best option for me and it’s close to home.”
Tomlin hopes to contribute to the team before moving on to a school to fulfill his vision for himself. Tomlin wants to be a radiologist so basketball isn’t the only factor for him.
“Coming in, it’s not all about basketball,” Tomlin said. “At the end of the day, I’m trying to get my degree and move on in life. Basketball is just helping me get to where I want to be.”
The 6-foot-4-inch, bouncy wing player led the team in rebounding with nearly seven a game and was second on the team in scoring as he averaged 18.5 points. The son of Diamica Highsmith and Vashawn Tomlin became known for his intensity of driving to and finishing at the rim. The Eagles staff of head coach Adam Wainwright, a former Barton College assistant coach, wants to improve Tomlin’s ball handling and jump shot.
“I can shoot and I can dribble, but he wants me to get to the point where it’s tight and my shot can be reliable,” Tomlin said. “I’ve got to get in the gym and get stronger too, because them boys in juco are big.”