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Big Get for Mason

Sorry that it took a while to get this post up, George Mason fans, but the Patriots appear to have gotten quite a recruit in guard Sherrod Wright, a senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., who gives Mason a six-player recruiting class. Credit Mason's Final Four run and the success of the Patriots and CAA member Virginia Commonwealth for helping land Wright, who will be one of the Patriots' most highly-rated recruits ever. (Though Patriot fans, more than anyone, need not be reminded that recruiting rankings mean little.)

From the Westchester Journal News:

On the Division I radar since he was a freshman, Wright also had offers from Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Fordham, Marquette and Providence. Oklahoma State and Providence had begun recruiting him aggressively in recent weeks.
"I had a lot of schools come after me late because they knew I was still out there," Wright said. "Those schools probably didn't get the first guy they wanted. I didn't want to be a second choice."
Wright instead will play for a school he expects to be in the running for an NCAA tournament berth every season. Under coach Jim Larranaga, the Patriots reached the Final Four in 2006. They earned an automatic tournament berth again in 2008.
"The big schools is where you get noticed," Wright said. "But the tournament is where you get known."

By Josh Barr  | April 21, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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Comments

thank you

Posted by: ScottV | April 21, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Good info. Much appreciated, Josh.

Posted by: anon7 | April 21, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I don't think people realize what a great get this is for Mason. This kid has serious game. Thought for sure USC had him locked. You folks in fairfax should be dancing in the streets.

I have underestimated Jim Laranaga's recruitng abilities. Kids seem to want to play for him.

Posted by: Amay2 | April 22, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Great job by Larranaga, it would be nice to see him build up for another run.

Who are the other five signings? Any big men?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 22, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

@Boater

GMU recruited a lot of swingmen, but all guys 6'2" (PG) are taller, including Johnny Williams, who's thick inside at 6'7" and has a wide body. GMU's never really had a regular contributor taller than 6'7" (sorry Flemming & Mirich...) during Larranaga's 12+ years there. Mike Morrison, rising soph, at 6'9" is looking to change that though...

Posted by: -CN- | April 22, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Young was 6'10"

Posted by: ScottV | April 27, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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