The men’s basketball team picked up two new members for the 2013-14 season Thursday, with guard Migual Cartagena signing a National Letter of Intent and forward Skyler White committing to join GW.
The two players fill up slots left empty by recent departures from the program, including senior guard Lasan Kromah, sophomore forward Jonathan Davis and, potentially, senior forward David Pellom. They join guard Nick Griffin as new additions to GW’s roster. Nigel Johnson recently decommitted from the program, a move that allows the recruit to explore other programs while leaving the door open for a return to GW.
White previously verbally committed to the Colonials as a walk-on forward. Despite the recent moves, White remains a walk-on for GW, meaning that he does not take up a scholarship slot. The Colonials are left with two open scholarships, possibly three should Johnson decide to join another program.
“Miguel and Skyler boast two key attributes needed to help make our program successful – they can both really shoot it and come from a culture of winning,” head coach Mike Lonergan said in a release. “They’re both very solid perimeter shooters, and both played for national championship caliber teams this past season, in addition to their time playing in international competitions. Miguel and Skyler will join Nick in providing an added dimension to our group of five returning starters.”
Cartagena, a 6-foot-1 guard from Aibonito, Puerto Rico, currently competes for Montverde Academy in Orlando, Fla., the same school that freshman forward Patricio Garino attended. It’s also the high school where GW assistant coach Kevin Sutton served as the athletic director and boys’ basketball coach from 2004-2011.
Cartagena helped the Eagles to a 48-6 record over the past two seasons, including trips to the 2012 and 2013 ESPN National High School Invitational championship games. As a senior, Cartagena played a role in helping Montverde achieve a No. 1 final national ranking in all three major polls- ESPN, USA Today and Prep Nation - with a 25-2 season record.
“Miguel is a very good shooter who will give us another ball handler next season,” Lonergan said. “His experience playing FIBA and for the top high school program in the nation will help him make the adjustment to the high level of play in the Atlantic 10.”
White, best known as a three-point specialist, currently plays for Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Gill, Mass. This season, he aided the Hoggers in compiling a 29-5 overall record and the 2013 National Prep Championship title. White was also nominated for McDonald’s All-America honors.
“Skyler gives us another good three-point shooter and provides depth at the forward position,” Lonergan said.
This post was updated April 18, 2013 to reflect the following:
The headline was altered to clarify that Skyler White has committed to join the Colonials but, as a walk-on recruit, has not signed a letter of intent.