Rhoades on course to fulfill promise to mother at Angelo State

August 20, 2015

Shaquan Rhoaded basketball

Shaquan Rhoades

Shaquan Rhoades of Eagle River is on a journey to fulfill a promise he made to his mother, and he’s using basketball to get there.

The 6-foot-2 guard has signed with Angelo State University in Texas to play basketball and continue his postsecondary education.

“I chose ASU because it has all the necessities I need to reach my goals,” he told me. “I want to play professional basketball; that has been my dream since I was a kid. And I also want to get my degree that I promised my mom.”

Rhoades, of Eagle River High fame, played the last two seasons at New Mexico Military Institute, a JC program where he grew into a starting role and all-conference pick.

Last season he averaged 8.4 points and accumulated 45 assists and 75 rebounds.

“It feels good to accomplish what I’ve done so far. This next step will be the most challenging part, though, because I have a ways to go and it’ll be even tougher,” he said. “But it’s even more special because God continue to bless me by surrounding me with great people who helped me to this point.”

Rhoades will join an Angelo State program coming off a 28-6 season and trip to the NCAA D2 Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

He fell in love with the San Angelo campus immediately.

“I got close with all of them [teammates, coaches] on my recruiting visit back in June, and it has been my home since,” he said. “Basketball is everything. It’s my inspiration. It has opened up doors for me year after year. It has paid for my college education for the past two years and will also pay for the next two years. I can’t ask for anything more.”

Rhoades will be missed at New Mexico Military Institute.

“This one is very special to me because he came in and really worked; really developed and he really cares about his teammates and his coaches and the program,” coach Sean Schooley told the NMMI Post.

“I’m extremely proud of ‘Soldier’ and everything he’s done on and off the court, and I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.”