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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