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Recruiting Update: Paul Hewitt still trying to bring international flavor to George Mason

George Mason Basketball: Recruiting Update: Paul Hewitt still trying to bring international flavor to George Mason

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recruiting Update: Paul Hewitt still trying to bring international flavor to George Mason

A couple students and fans who attended the game last night emailed me saying they noticed a recruit was in the stands last night for George Mason's win over UNCW. If you were at the game you might been wondering why at one point the student section was chanting "We want Marko!". The recruits name is Marko Gujanicic, a 6'8" forward from Serbia who was on the U19 team that played Paul Hewitt's US squad last summer in the FIBA games. He scored 16 points against the US and must have caught Hewitt's eye. This wouldn't be the first international product Hewitt and his staff have been targeting if you remember. Gujanicic is a bit older than most recruits you will see the staff going after and will be 20 years old this September.  But with that he brings experience from playing on a professional team in Serbia, where he averaged 12 points a game last season and shot 33.3% on three-pointers. You can see from this highlight video below he doesn't seem like he's much of a post player but would have the potential to cause match-up problems in the CAA with his size on the wing.

He seems to be an excellent passer and I'm sure his drive and dish ability caught the coaching staff's eye. Gujanicic is currently enrolled in school in California and for him to make the cross country trip to George Mason at this point in the recruitment has to be a good sign.

Another name the staff is after is Michael Carrera, who plays locally at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland. Carrera is a 6'6" forward who is originally from Venezuela and was offered a scholarship to play at Virginia Tech back in June. He is a tough kid who has a nice scoring touch around the basket and is an excellent rebounder. At 205 pounds he already has a Division I body and his coach says he is "relentless on the boards".  He has had a very productive career at one of the nation's top high school basketball programs.

[via CAAZone, Michael Kennington, @ryancioppa]



Anonymous Cedric Stephens said...

Well my nephew Ryan Pearson tell you that I've been to Guinee West Africa 4 Times & have seen some Basketball Players! So I do have an relationship with some people that in the sports,art & culture! Stay intouch!!!

4:07 PM  
Anonymous gmu07 said...

Don't know how I feel about bringing in a Euro style kid but the mismatches could work out great. Really like the Carrera kid, read about him in the Post a few times, amazing rebounder.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous chris_y said...

Oh, I thought they were saying we want Hofstra...

11:17 PM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

So if I am doing my math right, do we have only 1 slot left for next two years.  No seniors next year and two kids coming in next year.  Or do we have 2 left with Hancock leaving for the next 2 years?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Nschulz1 said...

This guy has a Blake griffin type look. He has a built body and looks like a reall good defender. Plus he can throw down the dunk

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Nschulz1 said...

I hope this kid comes to mason

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Nicholas Schulz said...

Any new on Carrera. I noticed he is talking with Gonzaga, Richmond, and VT

1:58 PM  

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