St. James’s Therence Mayimba commits to play basketball at George Mason


St. James senior and Montrose Christian transfer Therence Mayimba (right) has committed to play at George Mason (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post).

George Mason’s basketball program earned its second commitment from a local standout this week when St. James forward Therence Mayimba pledged to the Patriots on Tuesday night.

The sharpshooting senior joins Potomac (Va.) senior center Trey Porter, who committed to George Mason on Sunday, and gives the Patriots another building block as they enter play in the Atlantic 10.

Mayimba’s decision came following an official visit to the Fairfax campus last weekend. The 6-foot-7 swingman was impressed by the school’s athletic and academic opportunities and quickly established a strong connection with Coach Paul Hewitt and his staff.

“The location is cool, being able to stay in the DMV,” Mayimba said in a Wednesday phone interview. “The coaching staff really showed me that I was important to them, and I like the guys on the team. They also have the majors that I want. The business department is strong and they have a music major, too.”

This season will be Mayimba’s first and only at St. James after transferring from Montrose Christian following the resignation of longtime Coach Stu Vetter in May. After moving from Gabon in 2011, Mayimba played a key role at Montrose Christian as a sophomore and junior, earning offers from George Washington, Delaware, Rhode Island and UAB, among others. Last season, Mayimba averaged 8.9 points for the Mustangs last year.

In Mayimba, George Mason is getting a long, athletic player whose range stretches beyond the three-point line and whose quick first step allows him to attack the basket. He makes perhaps his greatest impact on the defensive end, where his length allows him to block shots and provide effective help-side defense.

“I think I can have an impact with my outside shot and the way I play defense. I will raise my hand to take on the best player on the other team,” Mayimba said. “I’m happy and look forward to it. It was a hard process, but George Mason has everything I want.”

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