The rap on Greg Malinowski has been that he’s only a shooter, that he makes his living on the perimeter and nowhere else. But after sprouting up to be 6-feet-5 and displaying his defensive savvy and strong court vision this past summer with Team Takeover, the Episcopal senior guard/forward saw several schools flock toward his diverse skill-set.
Amidst it all, Malinowski never forgot one of the first schools to notice him as more than just a shooter: William & Mary. Granted, it might be more accurate to say that the Tribe’s coaching staff wouldn’t let Malinowski forget, what with its frequent calls and texts to him and his parents over the past year.
Last week, Malinowski reciprocated this strong interest by committing to William & Mary, making him the Tribe’s second in-state recruit in the last month following the commitment of Loudoun Valley forward Paul Rowley.
“The academics were always first and they are a top-notch school,” Malinowski said. “Then, it came down to where I fit best basketball-wise and they’ve been on me from the beginning and never let up. Coach [Tony] Shaver first said he really liked my toughness and showed me a lot of love.”
Last year, Malinowski averaged 15.6 points for Episcopal, setting the stage for a summer that saw him place a renewed focus on defense and in turn, earn more impactful minutes off the bench for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit.
More colleges took notice, as Malinowski garnered offers from the likes of Boston College, The Citadel, Cornell, Holy Cross, Princeton, Radford, Samford, Towson and UMBC. Ultimately, Malinowski saw himself best fitting into a William & Mary offense that often features four players on the perimeter.
“From watching me play this summer, they were able to see me as a team player and see my defense,” Malinowski said. “Both of those have become complements to my shooting ability, which everyone thinks is my only trait. William & Mary’s coaches saw that what I can do and I’m excited to bring those things to their program.”
Before joining the Tribe, Malinowski will be charged with anchoring an Episcopal squad that looks to improve upon its 12-13 campaign, leaning on Malinowski’s leadership and evolving skills to do so.
“One word that I’ve used and Coach Shaver uses a lot, too, with Greg is versatility,” Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said. “He handles the ball well, passes well, and whereas he already had the attributes of a scoring guard, with his growth spurt, he now has the size to be a scoring wing player. I think the Greg you saw last year will be an even better player this year as a senior.”