You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Rand Rowland to be at Final Four for service award


Georgia Tech forward Rand Rowland will be honored this weekend at the Final Four for his community service. He is hopeful to parlay his time in Phoenix, Ariz., into the start of a career coaching.

Rowland was scheduled to leave New York early Friday following Tech’s loss in the NIT finals for Phoenix. Rowland was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team, which recognizes 10 players nationally for their positive impact on their communities.

Rowland is heavily involved in service activities through Tech’s student-athlete advisory board. He helped start a peer mentorship program that paired upperclassman mentors with freshman athletes. He also helped implement a workshop to educate incoming freshman athletes about relationship violence. He helped lead a bone marrow registry drive conducted at men’s and women’s basketball games in February.

Rowland was to join the other nine members of the team for a service activity, a basketball clinic, a dinner and then the opportunity to attend the Final Four games. The players are to be recognized on the court during the second national semifinal game Saturday.

How Rand Rowland earned his Georgia Tech scholarship

While at the Final Four, Rowland’s hope was to also meet with college coaches about a possible graduate assistant position. The NABC holds its annual convention during the Final Four, and hundreds of college coaches typically descend upon the event. He said that coach Josh Pastner was helping him in his search.

“Just trying to explore all the options and see where God leads me,” Rowland said.

Rowland was a walk-on for the past three seasons and was put on scholarship by Pastner in January for his final semester. He graduated in December with a business administration degree. The loss on Thursday and the conclusion of his career were a lot to handle in the wake of the defeat.

“Obviously, it’s going to take a little while to get over losing the championship game, because you really, really wanted it,” he said. “But I’m sure once I have time to reflect on it, I’m so thankful for the teammates that I’ve had through the whole way, especially the guys that have been here the whole time.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play
MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint.  When Dovydas Neverauskas — fresh from the airport and wearing cleats and a glove bummed from his new Pittsburgh Pirates teammates — jogged onto the mound at PNC Park on April 24 to clean up what was left a lopsided loss to the Chicago Cubs...
Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’
Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’

Former Wyoming running back Brian Hill was not expecting the Atlanta Falcons to select him with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. “This is a dream come true,” an excited Hill said via phone call. “I didn’t expect the Falcons. No one in the house was expecting the Falcons, but a lot of teams...
Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley
Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when the Falcons used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft...
Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round
Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round

Falcons selected Wyoming running back Brian Hill with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. “They just got the best running back in the draft,” Hill said. Height: 6-f00t-1 Weight: 219 pounds Arm length: 31 3/8 inches Hand size: 8 7/8 inches 40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds Vertical...
Falcons first pick: “I just want to be able to help out”
Falcons first pick: “I just want to be able to help out”

Falcons first pick Takkarist McKinley strikes a pose with coach Dan Quinn. (AtlantaFalcons.com) Sat down for a bit Friday with Falcons first-round pick Takkarist McKinley.
More Stories