Magruder’s Nick Griffin, a rising senior, orally committed to play basketball at George Washington on Thursday, according to Magruder Coach Dan Harwood. The 6-foot-2 guard had 10 offers and strongly considered Drexel and William & Mary before picking the Colonials.
Harwood said Griffin delivered the news to George Washington Coach Mike Lonergan by phone, reaching him soon after the Colonials arrived in Italy to begin a 10-day trip that will feature five exhibition games against local competition and U.S. military teams.
“Coach Lonergan was pretty excited to get the call,” Harwood said.
“He’s been recruiting Nick pretty hard for the past year.”
Griffin led Magruder with 17 points per game last winter, helping the Colonels win their second state title in school history. They finished 26-1 with a season-opening loss to DeMatha as their only blemish.
Though Griffin started for the Colonels as a freshman, he attempted just one three-pointer that season. The honorable mention All-Met pick has grown into one of the area’s top outside shooters.
He hit 91 three-pointers last season, connecting on 46 percent of his tries. He also set a school-record with 10 threes and finished with a career-high 40 points in a Feb. 7 win over Wootton.
“It’s scary how good he’s gotten in really two years of focusing on his shooting,” Harwood said. “He’s an old school kid who likes to get in the gym and work on his game.”
Coach Mike Lonergan has put an emphasis on attracting local talent since taking over the Colonials in May 2011. His first recruiting class of five players included Episcopal guard Kethan Savage, Landon guard Joe McDonald and Montrose Christian center Kevin Larsen. Savage and McDonald were named first-team All-Met last winter.
The Colonials also added Isaiah Armwood, a former Montrose Christian forward who sat out last season after transferring from Villanova.