Tashawna Washington sat in her seat at Hilton Head Island High School's graduation with her future in limbo.
As the ceremony unfolded, the Seahawks girls basketball player watched as her friends passed across the stage, most having the next phase of their lives already planned.
Washington wasn't in that category.
"I didn't really have no plans of going to college or nothing," she said. "I just decided I wanted to do something, and not stay home, and be somebody."
So she reached out to Seahawks coach Dave Greenberg, who told her any hope of playing college basketball was slim.
"He told me I waited too late and all these schools wouldn't take me, basketball-wise, but I could go to school to get an education," Washington recalled. "But anything would work for me."
Greenberg made some calls and eventually found two possible homes for his former guard: Middle Georgia Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College. After a visit to the central-Georgia area, Washington decided on Atlanta.
"Everyone was nice and I just enjoyed the environment around there," she said.
Name: Tashawna Washington
High school: Hilton Head Island High School
High school coach: Dave Greenberg
College: Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Probable major: Business or Sports Marketing
About Atlanta Metropolitan State College: The two-year school's basketball team is led by Christian Anderson, who enters his first season as coach of the Trailblazers after a 10-year career playing basketball overseas.
Why Atlanta Metropolitan State College? "Atlanta was the best pick for me school-wise," Washington said. "Everyone was nice and I just enjoyed the environment around there."
Other schools considered: Middle Georgia Technical College
Other high school sports played: None