Boys’ basketball: Episcopal’s Greg Malinowski keeps finding ways to score

February 10

Name any defense that is set up to stop the opposing team’s star player and Episcopal guard Greg Malinowski has seen it. The senior guard’s scoring prowess has made him the No. 1 target on opponents’ scouting reports.

Even so, the William and Mary commit has done nothing this season but put on an offensive display that is befitting of the Interstate Athletic Conference’s top scorer. Malinowski is averaging 23.2 points per game, ninth-best in the area, and he’s eclipsed the 30-point plateau four times this season.

“In IAC play so many teams scout us multiple games, and he can still find ways to score within the offense and make great individual plays,” Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said. “From my perspective, they all see Greg as the best scorer in the league.”

When Malinowski met Fitzpatrick as a prospective junior on his visit to the Alexandria boarding school, the two sat down in his office and discussed his goals. Malinowski said playing Division 1 basketball was a top priority.

“Coach Fitzpatrick told me it was a little lofty,” Malinowski said.

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But with his tireless work ethic, Malinowski has transformed himself. He’s become a versatile scorer with the ability to score in traffic and around the rim.

His consistent scoring has earned him about 31 minutes a game, but the 6-foot-6 guard has still managed to average a team-best eight rebounds per game.

Fitzpatrick said he’s talked to his coaching staff about possibly lowering his minutes at times, but what he brings to the court is invaluable.

“Greg is lucky to get 30 seconds to a minute of rest,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s just good to not keep him on the floor and I told he and his parents you want to be in this situation and play the whole game in high school.”

He’s also attacked the basket consistently to shoot 80 percent (98-for-123) from the free-throw line. He made 13 of 17 free throws en route to 27 points in a Feb. 4 win against St. Albans.

Episcopal (13-8, 4-3) is in third in the conference and will close its season at home Saturday against No. 2 Bullis.

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