Eliel Gonzalez to Visit Mason

Posted In Recruiting - By Josh Holman On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 With 1 Comment


When Paul Hewitt took over as head coach at George Mason, he put an emphasis on recruiting international players that could play right away. In his first recruiting class, Hewitt was able to land 6’9 forward Marko Gujanicic. He might be on the verge of signing his second.

Eliel Gonzalez is planning to visit George Mason this weekend on an official visit. Gonzalez, a 6’2 2013 point guard is from Puerto Rico, but played last year at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fl. Since he doesn’t play on the AAU scene, his recruiting process has been under the radar.

eliel2Gonzalez can drive the basketball and finishes well. He averaged 12 points, 8.7 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game last season at Florida Air Academy and was named 2nd team all-state in Florida’s AAA. Gonzalez has international experience as well playing for Puerto Rico’s U16 team in the FIBA Americas in 2011. In that tournament, Gonzalez averaged 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. He has also taken part in numerous all-star exhibition games, including the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic International Game which featured some of the top 17-and-under players from around the world. In that game, Gonzalez had 4 points and 3 assists.

“People say I can dribble through a press defense easy,” Gonzalez said. “They say I remind them of Tony Parker.”

George Mason had seen Gonzalez play before while visiting other players at Florida Air Academy, but they really started showing interest in Gonzalez early in 2013. He recently narrowed down his list.

“My top four are George Mason, Hofstra, Akron, and FGCU. I’m hoping to pick a school by May 10th. The most important thing in a school is academics. After that, I’m looking for which team I fit in with the best.”

Gonzalez has already taken an official visit to Hofstra earlier this month.

With NYC point guard Marquies Moore currently on campus and Gonzalez coming shortly, it looks like we have a peek into which point guards Mason is coveting. This might be a case where the first player to verbal gets the scholarship, but with two open scholarships for next year, Mason has some flexibility.

Who said the off-season can’t be exciting?

*EDIT* With today’s verbal from Marquise Moore, Eliel Gonzalez will not be visiting this weekend as planned.

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About - Josh Holman is a 2001 graduate of George Mason University. He has been following Mason recruiting since the late 1990's and was the creator of TheMasonBench.com, a now defunct site that was dedicated to George Mason basketball. He currently resides just outside of Springfield, IL.

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  1. I thought Elian Gonzalez was returned to Cuba. Wow. He’s grown a lot since then.

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