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Head coach Mike Lonergan's 2012 recruiting class includes a PARADE All-American. Hatchet File Photo

Incoming men’s basketball recruit Joe McDonald is a member of the 2012 PARADE All-America Basketball Team, the magazine’s 56th annual ranking of outstanding high school players.

McDonald signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Colonials next season April 11. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound point guard from Lorton, Va. was also a member of The Washington Post’s 2012 All-Met boy’s basketball first team. He averaged 22.7 points and 10.9 rebounds this season for the Landon School in Bethesda, Md.

McDonald is a member of the five-man 2012 recruiting class for GW and will be joining Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino, Kyprianos Maragakos and Kevin Larsen on the court next season. The five will be accompanied by Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, another new face in a Colonials uniform for the upcoming season.

 

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Head coach Mike Lonergan saw his final recruit commit to GW today. Hatchet File Photo

Updated April 30, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.

Center Kevin Larsen is the latest addition to the Colonials after signing a National Letter of Intent to join GW next season today, first reported by The Washington Post.

Larsen’s commitment will fill the final scholarship slot for the men’s basketball program, left vacant after sophomore guard Dan Guest announced his plans to transfer in March. Larsen’s addition would also officially round out the first recruiting class of head coach Mike Lonergan’s career with GW.

Larsen, a 6-foot-10, 240 pound center, competed for the Montrose Christian boy’s basketball team, which went 21-3 this season with Larsen averaging 7.5 points per game. He will likely be looked to as a crucial presence in the Colonials’ frontcourt, which struggled last season after the transfer of center Daymon Warren and graduation of center Joseph Katuka.

Among the other schools recruiting Larsen were A-10 rivals Temple and Richmond, according to ESPN.com, which awarded him a scout’s grade of 40. Larsen competed in the 2011 U18 European Championships for Denmark, where he averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Larsen will join fellow incoming recruits Kethan Savage, Joe McDonald, Patricio Garino and Kyprianos “Paris” Maragkos, as well as Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, on the court for GW next season.

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Head coach Mike Lonergan saw his fourth incoming recruit sign a National Letter of Intent today. Hatchet File Photo

Incoming recruit Joe McDonald signed his National Letter of Intent today, after verbally committing to the men’s basketball program in January.

McDonald is the fourth recruit to sign a letter of intent to join the Colonials next season, after Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino and Kyprianos “Paris” Maragkos all committed in November. The four will be joined by Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood as new additions to GW’s roster next season.

“Great to have Joe McDonald on board at GW! Look forward to helping him, Kethan, Patricio, Paris & the entire team reach their potential!” men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan tweeted.

McDonald, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound point guard from Lorton, Va., is a member of The Washington Post’s 2012 All-Met boy’s basketball first team. He averaged 22.7 points and 10.9 rebounds this season for the Landon School in Bethesda, Md.

The men’s basketball program could potentially see one more recruit added to the roster following the announced departure of sophomore guard Dan Guest. Lonergan said incoming additions to the Colonials will figure heavily into his strategy for next season.

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Kethan Savage signs his National Letter of Intent to attend GW. Hatchet File Photo

Incoming Colonials Kethan Savage and Joe McDonald are both members of The Washington Post’s 2012 All-Met boys’ basketball first team, the annual ranking of the most outstanding local high school players.

Savage, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound guard, “was one of the region’s most explosive players,” The Post reported. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists over the season.

McDonald, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound guard, “did it all for the Bears,” the All-Met selection said. He averaged 22.7 points and 10.9 rebounds this season.

Along with Kyprianos Maragkos and Patricio Garino, Savage and McDonald make up the first recruiting class of head coach Mike Lonergan’s career at GW, one that Lonergan said would figure heavily into his game plan for next season. The four will be joined on the court by incoming Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, and could potentially see one more recruit added to the roster after sophomore guard Dan Guest’s announced departure from the program.
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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 9:56 p.m.

Joe McDonald commits to GW

Joe McDonald became the fourth recruit to commit to joining the Colonials on the court next year, Paul Tenorio of The Washington Post tweeted tonight.

McDonald is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound point guard from Lorton, Va. who currently plays for the Landon School in Bethesda, Md. ESPN.com gives him a scouts’ ranking of 84 and two stars, saying that he is a “true point guard that has a great understanding of his position” and “advances passes on the break and is very unselfish.” Also reported to be in contention for McDonald were Notre Dame, Virginia and VCU.

On The Washington Post’s Jan. 16 All-Met Watch, McDonald was named to the All-Met First Team after he posted 23 points and 11 rebounds in loss to Episcopal and scored 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 66-57 win over Georgetown Prep.

McDonald rounds out the 2012 recruiting class, the first of head coach Mike Lonergan’s career at GW, that includes point guard Kethan Savage, forward Kyprianos Maragkos and forward Patricio Garino.

This article was updated on April 11, 2012 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Kyprianos Maragkos’ name as Kyprianos Maragakos. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 12:52 p.m.

Lonergan confirms three recruits

Kethan Savage signs his National Letter of Intent to attend GW. Photo courtesy Patricia Savage and Episcopal High School.

Men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan confirmed yesterday that Kethan Savage, Kyprianos Maragkos and Patricio Garino will join the Colonials in the 2012-2013 season.

His statement comes on the heels of previous reports that Savage and Maragkos signed their National Letter of Intents and Garino verbally committed to GW. All three have now signed letters of intent, Lonergan said.

“We’re very excited about the three recruits we’ve signed,” Lonergan said. “They’re all different types of players and we think they will all make immediate contributions to our program as freshmen.”

Savage, a guard from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., posted 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season, and earned Second Team All-Met honors, and First Team All-Virginia recognition. He led Episcopal to a 25-3 record and the Interstate Athletic Conference Championship last year.

“Kethan is a combo guard who plays point guard for his high school team. He’s an extremely athletic player who gets to the rim and has the strength to finish. He’s also a very good defender,” Lonergan said.

Maragkos originally hails from Amarouiso, Greece and now plays for the Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va. The forward is rated as one of the top under-18 players from Europe and averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for his U-18 Greece team that competed in the European championships in Poland in 2011.

“Paris is a very skilled power forward with range out to the three-point line. His versatility will create a lot of match-up problems for our opponents,” Lonergan said.

Garino is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now competes for Montverde Academy in Florida, where Colonials assistant coach Kevin Sutton used to lead the program. He competed with his National team in this past summer’s U-19 World Championships, where he averaged 9.4 and 4.2 rebounds in nine games during the tournament. Garino will compete as both a shooting guard and a small forward at GW.

“Patricio is a very versatile wing player who fills the stat sheet and does a lot of things well. He’s a very experienced player with his international competition as a member of the Argentinean National Team program,” Lonergan said.

The three will join Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood as new faces on the court for the Colonials next season.

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Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 12:16 p.m.

Maragkos signs National Letter of Intent

Power forward Kyprianos Maragkos signed his National Letter of Intent for GW yesterday, after committing to the Colonials in October.

His signing was announced by the Blue Ridge School’s Twitter feed, Maragkos’s high school in Charlottesville, Va.,

Maragkos is ranked by Eurohopes.com as the ninth-best overall prospect in Europe for players born in 1994. The 6-foot-9, 220 pound big man averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds this July for his U-18 Greece team that competed in the European championships.

Fellow 2012-2013 recruit Kethan Savage also signed his National Letter of Intent yesterday. Forward Patricio Garino rounds out the incoming Colonials recruiting class, the first of Mike Lonergan’s career as head coach.

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Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 2:56 p.m.

Savage signs National Letter of Intent

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Six-foot-three guard Kethan Savage, charging down the court for Episcopal High School last season, will join the Colonials next year. Photo courtesy of Episcopal High School.

Episcopal High School (Arlington, Va.) guard Kethan Savage, who announced his commitment to GW in August, signed his National Letter of Intent today.

Savage is listed as a three-star prospect and has a scouts grade of 89 out of 100 by ESPN.com and is also listed as a three-star prospect by Scouts.com and Rivals.com. The 6-foot-3, 190 pound guard is also ranked as a five-star football prospect by ESPN.com. Based on available figures for his 2010-11 season, Savage averaged 17.7 points per game and a 76.2 free throw shooting average.

Savage, who identifies himself as an intense competitor, is determined to help remake the Colonials into a powerhouse program. The guard intends to focus on skill work and up his strength in the year before he takes the court in the Smith Center.

“I hate losing with a real passion, so I’ll do whatever I need to do to help my team win,” Savage told The Hatchet in a previous interview. “If not scoring, rebounding. If not rebounding, defense. I’ll do whatever my team needs.”

Savage, who was the first recruit commitment for first-year head coach Mike Lonergan, is also the first to sign his letter of intent. He’ll be joined on the court next year by power forward Kyprianos Maragkos and power forward Patricio Garino. Savage is a clear indication of Lonergan’s stated desire to bring more local recruits into GW’s program.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 12:20 p.m.

Maragkos committs to GW

Kyprianos Maragkos, a 2012 power forward, has committed to GW, The Recruit Scoop reported.

Maragkos is ranked by Eurohopes.com as the ninth-best overall prospect in Europe for players born in 1994.

The 6-foot-9, 220 pound big man averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds this July for his U-18 Greece team that competed in the European championships. The Greece native currently attends the Blue Ridge School in Charlottesville, Va., and his high school coach, Bill Ramsey, told The News Virginian that Maragkos “can play both the 4 and 5 and is a very good 3-point shooter.”

“He’s as equally comfortable playing with his back to the basket as he is stepping out and shooting. He’s physical. He’s not like a finesse European player,” Ramsey told The News Virginian. “He likes to mix it up.”

Maragkos only arrived stateside Sept. 2 but quickly garnered much attention from collegiate programs. Other schools rumored to be in the mix for the forward included Maryland, UAB, UNC Charlotte, Gonzaga and American.

Maragkos is the second Colonials recruit commitment under first-year head coach Mike Lonergan, joining Alexandria guard Kethan Savage.

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