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Atlantic City's Isiah Graves, left, and Leslie Feriozzi announce their college choices on Friday at the high school.

Atlantic City High School basketball player Isiah Graves and crew rower Leslie Feriozzi will continue their athletic careers in college.

Graves, a key player on the Vikings' boys state Group IV championship teams of 2011-12 and 2012-13, will attend Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa, on a full athletic scholarship.

Feriozzi, a third-year member of the girls varsity-eight boat, will attend the University of Alabama on a partial scholarship that's both athletic and academic. Alabama is an NCAA Division I in Tuscaloosa.

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Graves and Feriozzi, both of whom are seniors, took part in a signing ceremony Friday in the school library. Graves signed a national letter of intent. Feriozzi had signed hers April 17.

Graves also visited Division II Wilmington College (Del.) and Division III Newman College (Pa.). He wore a Southeastern Community College athletic shirt Friday.

"I just liked the environment there, especially since I'm going there not just for athletics but to be a student," said Graves, an 18-year-old Atlantic City resident. "I had the grades (already), but I got recruited by Division II and III, and I want to pursue my dream of being a Division I player.

"Southeastern is ranked 17th in the nation (in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association), and they're connected to a lot of (NCAA) Division I schools who go to their practices and games (to scout)."

Graves, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a first-team Press All-Star this past winter as he averaged close to 18 points. Atlantic City finished at 19-8.

He was the sixth man as a sophomore in 2012 when the Vikings won the state Group IV title. He averaged 10.3 points and was a second-team Press All-Star as a junior while helping Atlantic City go 30-2 and won a second straight state championship.

"Going to Southeastern is a tremendous opportunity for Isiah to pursue his dream of playing (NCAA) Division I basketball," Atlantic City coach Gene Allen said. "If he can maintain a 2.5 grade-point average for one year, he could have the opportunity (as a sophomore to transfer to a Division I program).

"He's a combination guard. He's very explosive and a great defensive player. He's very talented."

Feriozzi also visited the University of Miami (Fla.) and Clemson University (S.C.) before deciding to join the Crimston Tide.

"The facilities at Alabama were awesome, and the spirit of the campus was great," said Feriozzi, an 18-year-old Margate resident. "Everyone there helps you, even though you're from far away. They're still developing as a program, and they're getting a new boathouse.

"They're an up-and-coming team. I'm pretty excited about it."

Feriozzi rowed her freshman year for Our Lady of Mercy Academy before transferring to Atlantic City. She's in seat-5 of the varsity eight this season. The Vikings' girls crew team is ranked sixth in The Press Elite 11 heading into Sunday's Atlantic County High School Rowing Championships on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.

"Leslie was a big addition to our team her sophomore year," Atlantic City girls crew coach Sean Duffey said. "She's one of the stronger girls on the team. She has great leadership qualities and gets along very well with people."

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