Avery Ford, a North Montgomery High School sophomore basketball standout and player and a resident of Rockville, has transferred to Freedom, according to two sources close to the situation. Ford is only the second high school player in Washington, D.C., to transfer out of a private school and into a public one. The other is East Capitol High School graduate (and 2010 AAU Shooting Stars MVP) Josh Robinson, who left Bethesda’s Bryn Mawr for Arlington’s Reagan.

Ford, a five-star prospect on the Division I level and ranked No. 30 by ESPN, plays both basketball and baseball at North Montgomery. He has been a star in both sports for the Colonials, helping North Montgomery to the 2018 playoffs in baseball and a deep playoff run on the hardwood this past winter.

Ford, the son of Maryland assistant men’s basketball coach Anthony Ford, plays right away in baseball, batting .487 in 34 at-bats this season. He also plays outfield for his team. He decided to give up baseball and focus solely on basketball to prepare for his freshman year at Freedom.