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East Wake’s Angel Rizor signs with Cincinnati basketball

East Wake basketball standout Angel Rizor signs to play for the University of Cincinnati in the presence of (seated, from left) her brother John Rizor and mother Pamela Bell and (standing, from left) East Wake Principal Stacey Alston, girls basketball coach Toni Dupree and Athletic Director Jon Hasbrouck.
East Wake basketball standout Angel Rizor signs to play for the University of Cincinnati in the presence of (seated, from left) her brother John Rizor and mother Pamela Bell and (standing, from left) East Wake Principal Stacey Alston, girls basketball coach Toni Dupree and Athletic Director Jon Hasbrouck. amoody@newsobserver.com

High School: East Wake

Position: Wing

Also Considered: University of Memphis, Marshall University

Why Cincinnati? Angel’s AAU team, the Capital City Comets, traveled to an event in Ohio this past summer and she said the Bearcats saw her play there and have been recruiting her ever since. “The coaches are really funny and you can get along with them really easily, then the facilities at the school are really nice,” she said. “The dorms – you don’t even have dorms, they’re apartments and you have a kitchen, your own everything so you can cook. It’s really good.” There was also the incentive of getting to play in the American Athletic Conference which features some talented teams – namely, Rizor said, the University of Connecticut. “I’m looking forward to playing good people. In college, everybody is good, but you’re going to play the best of the best and you’re in one of the top conferences, so I’m just looking forward to playing those girls.” She also saw a big opportunity to play for Cincinnati during a time of transition for that program. “They lost some people last year, but they’re rebuilding right now and it should be pretty good this year.” She said that makes it an exciting time to join the team. “If you can rebuild and you’re known as a good thing, then you’re part of a good era of Cincinnati basketball.”

Most memorable: Angel said a team Christmas party lock-in at coach Toni Dupree’s house was something she’ll never forget from her time at East Wake. “It was hilarious,” she said. “We got to see some of the wild side of our coach, so it was pretty funny.” As far as top memories on the court, she named last season’s 60-57 second-round playoff loss to the Warriors’ main Greater Neuse River Conference rival, Southeast Raleigh. “The outcome wasn’t what we hoped for, but it was a pretty good game. I love that rivalry, actually. I love that we’re in this conference because the rivalry between us it brings the intensity of the game up more. I’m really going to miss it.” Of course, she’ll have this winter to make more lasting memories at East Wake.

Notable: Angel has earned GNRC All-Academic honors in all three of her seasons with East Wake basketball. She was an All-Conference selection for both basketball and volleyball her sophomore and junior years, and was named team MVP in both sports as a sophomore.

East Wake coach Toni Dupree: “Angel is a great player and person. I really enjoy coaching her. She is a high-intensity player that plays well on both offense and defense. She has great leadership on and off the court.”

Compiled by Aaron Moody

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