Mo Alie said he pretty much decided in February where he wanted to play college basketball.
VCU’s run to the Final Four two months later certainly didn’t hurt.
“It’s close to home and I like the coaching staff there. Plus, the campus is really nice and my brother goes to school near there at Virginia Union,” Alie said. “When they offered me, I was pretty sure I wanted to go there.”
Alie said he had scholarship offers from Delaware, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s and Nevada, while Wake Forest, Duquesne and High Point had been recruiting him. Knowing where he wanted to go, he did not want to waste anymore time on the recruiting process.
“Summer is approaching,” said Alie, who transferred to Middleburg from South County and repeated his junior year. “It just felt like it was the right time to commit.”
Alie averaged 16.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 7.1 blocks this past season, posting seven triple-doubles. Dragons Coach Gary Hall said that while Alie is a power player in the post, he can envision Alie stepping out and shooting from the perimeter as well.
“They’ve been very successful with undersized power players, much like George Mason has,” Hall said. “Obviously, Coach [Shaka] Smart does a good job putting people in position to be successful. Mo will bang and battle in the post, he loves the contact. He’s most comfortable in the post because that’s where he has always been. He has a nice stroke, he just hasn’t shot it enough to be successful.
“One of the things that Mo and I talk about quite often – and I’ve seen tremendous improvement here – he has to play hard all the time. Sometimes he’ll tend to allow defenses to frustrate him.”