North Clayton’s Asadullah commits to Lipscomb

North Clayton’s Ahsan Asadullah committed to continue his basketball career at Lipscomb University. (File Photo)

COLLEGE PARK — North Clayton High basketball player Ahsan Asadullah has committed to continue his career at Lipscomb University next season.

“I’m extremely proud of Ahsan for making his decision on continuing his education at Lipscomb University,” said North Clayton head coach Martisse Troup. “Ahsan has always been a student-athlete with his high Grade Point Average of 3.67. It is truly a blessing for him and his family to be able to continue his education and also grow in his basketball career.”

The senior center chose Lipscomb over the likes of Georgia State, Arkansas-Little Rock, James Madison, Bucknell, Brown and Alcorn State. Asadullah said the decision wasn’t easy, but that he felt like he fit in best at Lipscomb.

“There were a variety of schools who were recruiting me, but Lipscomb stood out for many reasons,” said Asadullah. “I took a visit there this past weekend and I instantly was very interested. The coaching style and playing style of Lipscomb fits my direct playing style, and I will be a great addition to the team.”

Asadullah added that Lipscomb offers his intended major, sports marketing, and that he’s excited to begin classes next fall.

On the court, Asadullah has proven to be one of the most skilled big men in the state. He averaged 15.1 points and 10 rebounds per game last season for the Eagles, all while shooting 60 percent from the field. North Clayton’s offense revolved around Asadullah, who consistently found cutting guards and wide open shooters with passes from the post. The Eagles finished as runner-up in Region 4-AAA and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Class AAA tournament.

Asadullah was named First Team All-County by the Clayton News for his performance during his junior season.

With his senior season rapidly approaching, Asadullah said he was pleased to get his decision out of the way before the start of the campaign.

“I actually am very relieved,” he said. “Sometimes the recruiting process can be sort of overwhelming and people rush their decisions because of that. But I took my time and now that I have chosen, I can focus on my senior season.”

Asadullah will join his brother, former North Clayton standout Jalal Johnson, as Eagles who are continuing their careers in the college ranks. He said he’s proud to have accomplished the feat and that he plans on taking his game to the next level in order to become even better.

“It’s very cool to actually go to school for basketball for free and be given the opportunity to play Division I basketball on a full ride. It’s a major blessing,” said Asadullah. “God has really blessed me and all of my brothers because none of us will have to pay for college. This is a dream come true. Now I just have to work even harder from here.”

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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