Dreher basketball star Tevin Mack, one of the state’s top players, had gone back and forth for weeks about where he should attend college. On Thursday, he made up his mind and signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015.
“It was a tough choice. I turned down a lot of great schools,” Mack said. “I liked all the schools, all the coaches were real good people. I just liked them better. I felt more comfortable there. It felt more like a brotherhood to me.”
“I definitely want to go back to the Final Four, because they just went in 2011, and I want to help them get back to that point,” Mack said.
Dreher coach Jeff DiBattisto said, “The relationship with the coaches at VCU was a big factor. He likes how they’re going to utiltize him as a player and the way that they play.”
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Mack said VCU coach Shaka Smart struck him as trustworthy, and that was part of the reason he felt the Rams are a good fit.
Still, the Blue Devils’ senior said he did not make up his mind until the morning of his announcement.
“My mind changed every day, to be honest. I changed a lot, but you know they say go with your gut feeling. I had a gut feeling like a week ago, but I wasn’t 100 percent sure,” Mack said.
As he starts his senior season, Mack is ranked No. 58 in the ESPN 100, and 11th in the nation among small forwards.
He chose Virginia Commonwealth over offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Houston, Clemson, Auburn and Connecticut.
He said he had narrowed his choices to Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth a few days ago. But after Spring Valley’s P.J. Dozier signed with South Carolina on Wednesday, Mack said he had to reconsider.
“Everything was up in the air last night,” Mack said.
Mack said it was time to make the decision because “I could have waited until next week, but that was just going to cloud my mind up even more.”
“I feel relieved and I can focus on high school basketball now,” said Mack, whose goal is to help the Blue Devils win the Class 3A championship.
“He had to make the best decision for him, and I’m glad that he did that. I’m glad that he could get it out of the way for him,” DiBattisto said.
Mack averaged 23 points and seven rebounds per game in 2013-14, and was named the Class 3A All-State player of the year before leading the Blue Devils to the third round of the tournament.