GW Men's Water Polo Announces 2016 Incoming Class
Six Freshmen Will Join 16 Returning Letterwinners in the Fall
June 8, 2016
WASHINGTON -- George Washington head men's water polo coach Adam Foley has announced that six student-athletes will join the Colonials for the 2016 season.
"I am very excited about where the Class of 2020 can take the GW men's water polo program," said Coach Foley. "Within this class we have a dynamic mix of student-athletes who are established performers at the highest of levels and those with tremendous growth potential. However, the unifying thread within the class is that of work ethic, character and competitiveness. I feel confident that this class will raise the expectations for what can be done in the pool, the classroom and the community here at George Washington University.
The incoming class, which features two international student-athletes, includes Jordan Blosser (Riverside, Calif.), David Bryan (Kingston, Jamaica), Atakan Destici (Istanbul, Turkey), Isher Gill (Bethesda, Md.), Andrew Mavis (Princeton, N.J.) and Felipe Franchi Souza (Orlando, Fla.).
Santiago High School/CHAWP
Blosser is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section, amassing 493 goals in four years to rank among the organization's all-time top 10. The center defender led his Santiago High School team in scoring all four seasons, earning Big VIII Offensive MVP honors in 2015, when he totaled 106 goals, 23 assists and 33 steals and led the Sharks to a league title. A second-team All-American at the 2015 Junior Olympics, Blosser also competes for CHAWP, which has won the California Cup state finals in each of the last three seasons, and he was named California Cup MVP in 2015.
Coach Foley on Blosser: "Jordan plays for CHAWP, which is traditionally a very good program from Southern California. He is long, plays center or center defender and shoots the ball well from the perimeter. I think Jordan will have an exciting career here at GW."
Campion College/Jamaican National Team
Bryan brings a wealth of international experience to Foggy Bottom as team captain for the Jamaican Junior National Team. He was the top goal scorer at the 2013 CARIFTA Championships, tallying 31 goals in five contests. In addition, he has received the Magis award from Campion College four years in a row for outstanding performance in water polo.
Coach Foley on Bryan: "David is the team captain for the Jamaican Junior National Team. He has a lot of experience playing internationally, and because he is left-handed, he will add an intriguing piece to our offense."
Istek Acibadem Anatolian high School/Turkish National Team
Destici is a member of the Turkish Senior National Team and captain of the Turkish Junior National Team. He is one of seven athletes who were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2014 Junior World Championships.
Coach Foley on Destici: "Atakan has a wealth of international experience playing for both the Turkish Junior and Senior National Teams. He will impact both sides of our game with his ability to attack and shoot from anywhere, and on top of that, he is a phenomenal team defender. He is a program-changing student-athlete for GW."
A local product from nearby Bethesda, Maryland, Gill captained his Landon School team as a senior, leading the Bears to the best season in school history. The attacker, who was named to the All-Eastern Prep Team as a senior, led Landon in steals and assists in 2015, setting a single-season school record with 73 steals, and he ranked second on the team in goals.
Coach Foley in Gill: "Isher is a local area kid with a lot of potential for growth. He is an exceptional worker and will be a great addition to the culture we are trying to create on the team."
The Pennington School/Princeton Tiger Aquatics Water Polo
Mavis is The Pennington School's all-time leading scorer with 522 career goals. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, the team captain led The Pennington School to state titles in 2012 and 2015 and to an Eastern Prep championship in 2015, and he was named MVP of both tournaments as a senior. Mavis has also competed for Princeton Tiger Aquatics Water Polo for the last seven years, captaining the U18 team in 2015-16. He is a four-time invitee to the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program National Team Selection Camp and was selected to the 2012 Developmental National Team. Named the top center at the 2012 and 2013 USA Water Polo ODP regional championships, Mavis is also a nine-year participant in the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics Tournament.
Coach Foley on Mavis: "Andrew has played under college coaches with Tiger Aquatics in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a very tough competitor and very creative with the ball. I expect Andrew to have an immediate impact on our team."
Felipe Franchi Souza
Cypress Creek High School
The 2014 Cypress Creek High School team MVP, Sousa captained his Bears squad as a senior.
Coach Foley on Souza: "Felipe comes from a new program in Central Florida. He is a tremendous athlete and I am excited to see how he can develop when given the opportunity to be exposed to collegiate-level training."
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