Cartagena, White Set to Join GW Men's Basketball in 2013-14
Newest Colonials Bring Outside Scoring from National Championship Level Programs
April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan has added guard Miguel Cartagena (Aibonito, Puerto Rico/Montverde (Fla.) Academy) and forward Skyler White (Clyde Hill, Wash./Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)) to the Colonials' roster for the 2013-14 season.
The pair join early National Letter of Intent (NLI) signee and Washington Post Third Team All-Met selection Nick Griffin (Rockville, Md./Col. Zadok Magruder) as the newest Colonials under Coach Lonergan.
"Miguel and Skyler boast two key attributes needed to help make our program successful - they can both really shoot it and come from a culture of winning," said Coach Lonergan. "They're both very solid perimeter shooters, and both played for national championship caliber teams this past season, in addition to their time playing in international competitions. Miguel and Skyler will join Nick in providing an added dimension to our group of five returning starters."
Over his first two recruiting classes at GW, Coach Lonergan and his staff have attracted six players from Metro D.C. programs, including four Washington Post All-Met selections, and five players with experience in international competition.
Cartagena, a 6-foot-1 guard from Aibonito, Puerto Rico, joined Griffin in signing an NLI after two seasons at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., the same scholastic program that produced rising GW sophomore guard Patricio Garino. He helped the Eagles to a combined 48-6 record the past two seasons and appearances in the championship game of both the 2012 and 2013 ESPN National High School Invitational (NHSI). As a senior this past season, Cartagena helped Montverde win the prestigious NHSI, City of Palms Classic and Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (MAIT) titles and achieve a No. 1 final national ranking in all three major polls (ESPN, USA Today, Prep Nation) with a 25-2 record.
Cartagena was named to the City of Palms Classic All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2011 and the MAIT All-Tourney Team as a senior in 2012 along with some of the nation's highest-rated recruits of the past two seasons. He is currently No. 164 in the nation in ESPN's shooting guard rankings. Cartagena represented Puerto Rico in the 2011 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship, where he led the event in scoring at 22.4 points over five games.
"Miguel is a very good shooter who will give us another ball handler next season," said Coach Lonergan. "His experience playing FIBA and for the top high school program in the nation will help him make the adjustment to the high level of play in the Atlantic 10."
White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Clyde Hill, Wash., will come to GW after two seasons at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass., a prep program that had more than two dozen players competing in NCAA Division I in 2012-13. This past season, White helped the Hoggers to a 29-5 overall record and the 2013 National Prep Championship while being nominated for McDonald's All-America honors. In his first season at NMH in 2011-12, the Hoggers captured the 2012 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA crown and went 29-6 overall.
White also played at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash., and Bronxville High School in Bronxville, N.Y., during his scholastic career, and also suited up for England's U-18 National Team during its run to the 2010 Haris Memorial Tournament title. He was named a Seattle Times Honorable Mention All-Metro Conference performer at Eastside Catholic in 2011.
"Skyler gives us another good three-point shooter and provides depth at the forward position," said Coach Lonergan.