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When Austin Tillotson began his search for a new school after deciding to leave Monmouth last month, the former Eastern York basketball standout knew he wanted familiarity.

At Monmouth, Tillotson found himself playing for a coach he didn't commit to. Former North Carolina point guard King Rice replaced Dave Calloway after the 2010-11 season. Tillotson said he never felt comfortable with the new regime. After one season, he decided to transfer.

Now, Tillotson feels he's found the right fit. Three weeks after asking for his release from Monmouth, Tillotson committed to Colgate University on Thursday. He will have to sit out next season, per NCAA rules, before joining the Raiders roster as a redshirt sophomore for the 2013-20134 campaign.

For Tilltoson, Colgate's allure came largely from its head coach. The 5-foot-11 guard said he's known Raiders coach Matt Langel for six years. The two met during basketball camps Tillotson attended at Temple University, where Langel spent five seasons as an assistant coach.

"It's a lot easier to commit to somebody that I felt like I was connected to," Tillotson said. "I kind of got stuck with Coach Rice, where he had no idea about me at all. Here I feel like that’s not the case at all.

"He knows what I can. I do have to prove to him that I can play, but he knows my capability and he’s seen me play and do my best."

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