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Former DeMatha guard picks George Mason

George Mason did not start recruiting point guard Bryon Allen until the past months, but things fell just right for the Patriots as they landed the highly-rated point guard on Monday.

Allen played as a freshman on the DeMatha varsity, then spent two years at basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He is attending St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., this year as a senior.

As a junior, Allen had committed to West Virginia but found himself looking for another option when point guard Joe Mazzulla received an extra year of eligibility to return in 2010-11, meaning the Mountaineers did not have a scholarship for Allen.

Allen had narrowed his options to Siena and Southern Methodist before George Mason entered the picture, having an extra scholarship for next season after forward Kevin Foster decided to transfer. Then Siena coach Fran McCaffery on Sunday took the same position at Iowa, and Allen made his choice.

"I ended up picking George Mason because it's close to home, I've been going to boarding school since 10th grade," said Allen, who grew up in Largo. "My family will get a chance to see me play. I think it's great fit for me. I played with or against a lot of their players during my high school career."

By Josh Barr  | March 29, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball, DeMatha, George Mason  
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