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.
After dropping three contests to the defending A-10 champions last weekend at Fordham, GW (25-23, 7-14 A-10) completed a series sweep of Rhode Island (3-41, 1-21 A-10) with a 7-6 walk-off victory in its final game of the regular season Sunday.
Athletic director Patrick Nero said that his department will continue to grow because the athletic department can do something that others can’t: Bring in outside revenue to cover the cuts and keep growing.
A team that head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham said had “hung in there for years as an academic institution” competed on national television in front of thousands in a cavernous arena at the University of Auburn in Alabama.
The 20-year-old freshman was thrust into a high-stakes situation, where he was asked to be a key contributor to a team that was coming off an NCAA Tournament berth and trying to make its first repeat appearance since 2007.