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.
GW and Maryland have a long history together. Sunday’s game will be the 68th meeting between the two teams and the first since a 76-53 Terrapins’ win in 2008. Maryland holds a 36-31 advantage in the matchup, but will be looking to increase that margin against a much stronger Colonials team than in past years.
While it is clear this year’s team is performing better than last year’s on the court, this was the first time the Smith Center crowd was able to match the team’s intensity. Finally, the Smith Center had a real college basketball atmosphere.
Although they have posted just a 2-5 record, the Tigers have run their opponents to the wire. They fell to Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason 60-58 in mid-November and lost to Navy in their first game of the season by just one point.
The third-year athletic director has brought with him a philosophy that student-athletes' top priority, just like other undergraduates, should be academics. He enforced a mandatory class attendance policy and began requiring eight hours of study halls each week. […]
Both teams showed noticeable improvement at the Patriot Invitational, having had a short break since their last meet against Towson two weeks ago. The program will trek to Puerto Rico for its annual winter break trip, undergoing some intensive training as the swimmers look towards Atlantic 10 Championships in February.