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.
Freed from what would have been a match-altering goal, the Colonials came away with a high-profile conference victory, defeating Richmond 1-0 at home Sunday – but not without giving themselves a scare in the process.
After losing five of the last six games, the Colonials must turn the corner in conference play, and quickly, if they hope to reach the Atlantic 10 Championships. Last season, they missed the postseason by a single win.
If Atlantic 10 volleyball had a version of the ‘72 Miami Dolphins, champagne corks would have popped somewhere Saturday night: there is no undefeated team in A-10 volleyball. They would have GW to thank.
Appointed at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Knapp chairs the biannual meetings of the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents. Knapp makes announcements for the league, and he regularly speaks one-on-one with A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade.
Chidima Osuchukwu steered the Colonials to their sixth win in seven games Friday, improving to 12-4 overall with a 3-1 defeat of George Mason. She had a career-high 19 kills in the game, which improved GW's Atlantic 10 record to 3-0 for the first time since 2003.