Less than a week after closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the Maryland 4A final, Magruder senior Justin Witmer orally committed to play at Salisbury University on Friday.

Magruder's Justin Witmer plans to play at Salisbury next season. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) Magruder’s Justin Witmer plans to play at Salisbury next season. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The 6-foot-3 swingman said he had not applied to any other schools and had been leaning toward the Division III Seagulls in recent weeks, but he also considered attending a year of prep school in hopes of further boosting his recruiting stock.

Witmer will graduate at only 16 years old, a product of condensing his kindergarten and first grade school years into one. He said he’s ready to play at the next level, joining AAU teammate Charles Porter of Quince Orchard in Salisbury’s next recruiting class.

“I’ve always tried to be mature for my age,” said Witmer, one of eight seniors on Coach Dan Harwood’s squad this season. “I’ve grown up with all these guys, so I’m going to graduate with them and then move on to the same thing. [I’ll] go into the real world at the same time as them, maybe buy a house next to one of them. I’m definitely looking forward to college.”

Witmer, a three-year varsity player, averaged 12.44 points per game this winter for the Colonels, showcasing a versatile offensive game that complemented senior guards J.J. Epps and Nick Griffin (George Washington).

Long known as a deep threat playing for a team that has built its reputation on outside shooting, he flashed a more explosive game around the rim this season, including several momentum-swinging dunks. This year, he regularly had to defend the post as the team’s second-tallest starter behind 6-foot-4 senior Brian Coleman, doing his part in a repeat title bid that came up one victory short.

With Witmer in the rotation, Magruder won three straight Maryland 4A West titles and the 2012 state title. He had a strong showing at Comcast Center in his final state tournament appearance, finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds in two games. The Colonels beat Poly (Baltimore) in the semifinals before falling to Eleanor Roosevelt, 61-56, in the title game.

Last Wednesday, Witmer, Griffin and Epps got the chance to play together for a final time in the Montgomery County senior all-star game at Northwood.

“It was an honor playing around such great players,” Witmer said after the game. “Nick’s going D-I. J.J.’s probably going D-I. We had a lot of great players on that [Magruder] team, but everybody liked to share the ball. It was fun to play with them.”

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