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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 6:46 p.m.

Nick Griffin becomes first 2013-14 recruit to commit to men’s basketball team

Mike Longergan

Head coach Mike Lonergan, seen here at his introductory press conference, saw his first 2013-14 recruit join the program today. Hatchet File Photo

Shooting guard Nick Griffin, currently a senior at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., is the first 2013-14 recruit to announce his intention to take the court for the Colonials.

Gazette.net reported that Griffin called head coach Mike Lonergan in Italy, where the men’s basketball program is currently beginning an overseas tour. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17 points per game for Magruder last season, en route to a 26-1 record and the Class 4A state championship.

In an online blog, Griffin said the other schools recruiting him included Holy Cross, Bucknell, Drexel and District-rival American. Major factors in his final decision, he added, were his relationship with a team’s coaching staff, proximity to home and a university’s academics.

“However, at the end of the day I had to follow my heart; and it was George Washington University that I felt most comfortable with. I felt GW met all the criteria that I was looking for in a school and basketball program,” Griffin wrote. “It’s a school with great academics, a top-notch athletic program, and is located in one of the most powerful cities in the world. I am excited and very humbled to have the opportunity to extend my basketball career at The George Washington University.”