By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(November 21, 2013) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Paul Rowley signed his National Letter of Intent on November 18 to continue his basketball career at the College of William & Mary next fall. Rowley verbally committed to play for the Division I Tribe in July.
“It is a huge relief and weight off of my shoulders,” the 6-foot-8 Rowley said. “I love where I’m going, and now I can focus more on simply enjoying my senior season of basketball.”
As the high school basketball season in Loudoun County sets to kickoff Rowley is preparing for his final season for the Vikings.
“Honestly it’s just basketball,” said the Purcellville-native. “This is what I love to do, every minute of every practice and game. I’m happy to spend so much time with such a great group of guys, I just want to get better every day and enjoy every moment.”
Last season Loudoun Valley finished 25-5 falling in the VHSL AA state quarterfinals after wrapping up a Dulles District championship over perennial powerhouse Potomac Falls High School.
“There’s some individual records I have my eyes on, but first and foremost I want to win games,” said Rowley who made the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Team last season. “This team has ended two state playoff runs too early and it’s left a bad taste in my mouth. We should be back there again, but this time winning.”
Upon graduation in the spring, Rowley will take his talents to Williamsburg to play for a Tribe team which has gotten off to a slow, 1-3 start in the 2013-2014 season.
“William and Mary is the best basketball fit for me,” said Rowley who will play both guard and forward for the Tribe. “Aside from being a great school with a great team and coaches, they play my style of basketball and I wouldn’t have to change my game so much as just keep working on it.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.