Which Way Do We Go?

Posted In Recruiting - By Josh Holman On Thursday, April 18th, 2013 With 0 Comments


Paris Bennett’s announcement to transfer yesterday now leaves George Mason with two open scholarships for the 2013 class. Yesterday was also the beginning of the spring signing period. Every staff has to be prepared for openings to pop up on their roster, but even so, it doesn’t give the coaches much time to fill two roster spots for next season.

There are a number of ways the staff can go to fill these two spots, let’s take a look at some:

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Julian Royal

1) The “Transfer” – this is the player that leaves one school to enroll at another. NCAA rules state that this player must sit out one season, so this player would not be eligible to play next season. With so many players back, this might not be a bad option for one of the scholarships.

Someone who might fall under this category: Julian Royal – 6’8 F from Georgia Tech. Royal, who was originally recruited to Georgia Tech by Paul Hewitt is looking for a new school. Royal’s skill set didn’t mesh with new Tech coach Brian Gregory. Royal has nice touch around the basket and can also hit from further out. Many schools have reached out to this former top 100 player, but his past relationship with Hewitt could help the Patriots.

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Antonio Barton

2) The “Graduated Transfer” – this is the player that has sat out one year at their previous school, but still has graduated in four years. Since they have one year left of eligibility, the NCAA allows those players to transfer and be eligible immediately as long as the new school has a graduate program the previous school does not have. Both Vertrail Vaughns and Parris Bennett will take advantage of this relatively new rule.

Someone who might fall under this category: Antonio Barton – 6’2 PG from the University of Memphis. Barton will graduate this spring from Memphis and me eligible to play immediately. Barton is from Baltimore and might be looking to come back to the area, but other schools including Maryland seem to be interested.

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Marquise Moore

3) The “My Coach Just Left, I’m Open Again” – this is the player that was all set to go to one school, but their coach leaves and now is back looking. The previous school must allow the player out of their LOI (which they most always do) and the player is back on the open market.

Someone who might fall under this category: Marquise Moore – 6’2 PG from St. Thomas Moore. Moore was all set to go to Hofstra University until Mo Cassara was fired. Now, he’s back on the market and George Mason has shown interest. Just this week the staff went up to watch him play in an open gym. Keep a look out at other schools that are recently going through a coaching change.

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Jalen James

4) The “Traditional High School Senior” – this is the player that still is available and looking, your typical recruit.

Someone who might fall under this category: Jalen James – 6’3 PG from La Lumiere School. While technically James could fit under category #3 (he was committed to Illinois last year until Bruce Weber was let go), he has been back looking for a school for some time now. James is one of many PG still looking for a school, and it’s no secret that PG is an area of need for the current Patriots.

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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