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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 8:44 p.m.

Third recruit reportedly joins Colonials

Updated at 9:33 p.m.

Patricio Garino has committed to join GW next season, GWHoops.com reports, attributing the news to “a source within the administration.”

Garino seems to confirm the news on his Twitter account, retweeting messages congratulating him on his decision.

Garino is a six-foot-five, 200 pound forward that plays for Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., a school that also produced former GW big man Joseph Katuka. Colonials assistant coach Kevin Sutton previously worked as the head coach of Montverde, and Garino played for him until Sutton left Florida and joined first-year head coach Mike Lonergan’s staff in Foggy Bottom.

Garino, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, competed for his native country’s National team in this summer’s U-19 World Championships, averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds on Argentina’s nine games. An ESPN.com scouting write-up describes him as a “long, versatile guard with a great basketball IQ,” highlighting his ability at making contributions essential on the court that don’t get reflected on the stat sheet.

Garino will join two other recruits on the court for Lonergan next season: recently committed forward Kyprianos Maragkos and guard Kethan Savage.