Three Recruits Sign National Letters of Intent to Play at GW Under Coach Lonergan

Head coach Mike Lonergan inked Patricio Garino, Paris Maragkos and Kethan Sevage to his first recruiting class at GW.

Nov. 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - George Washington men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan announced today that Patricio Garino (G/F, 6'5", 200 lbs.), Kyprianos "Paris" Maragkos (F, 6'9", 220 lbs.) and Kethan Savage (G, 6'3", 190 lbs.) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for George Washington University beginning in 2012.

"We're very excited about the three recruits we've signed," said Coach Lonergan. "They're all different types of players and we think they will all make immediate contributions to our program as freshmen."

"We really wanted to recruit locally and internationally, as it has proven to be successful for this program in the past, and we've accomplished that with this class and the inclusion of transfer Isaiah Armwood," added Coach Lonergan. Garino and Maragkos are set to join current GW internationals Nemanja Mikic (Serbia) and Dwayne Smith (Canada), while Savage will team with Metro area student-athletes Armwood (Baltimore) and Lasan Kromah (Greenbelt, Md.) for the 2012-13 season.

Patricio Garino, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, by way of Montverde Academy in Florida, is a 6'5" swingman who hails from the same school that produced former GW big man Joseph Katuka. Garino previously played for Colonials assistant coach Kevin Sutton at Montverde. The Argentinean teen competed for his native country's National team in this past summer's U-19 World Championships, where he averaged 9.4 and 4.2 rebounds in nine games during the tournament for a team that reached the bronze medal game. Garino's international experience was highlighted by a 21-point effort for Argentina in an 81-76 victory over Croatia. He will be looked on to play both shooting guard and small forward at GW.



"Patricio is a very versatile wing player who fills the stat sheet and does a lot of things well. He's a very experienced player with his international competition as a member of the Argentinean National Team program," said Coach Lonergan.

Paris Maragkos, from Amarouiso, Greece and the Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va., has been rated as one of the top under-18 players from Europe. Sporting a 7'0" wingspan on his 6'9" frame, the 17-year-old Maragkos averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for his U-18 Greece team that competed in the European championships in Poland in 2011. Having arrived stateside from Greece on Sept. 2, Maragkos quickly garnered significant attention from other top collegiate programs before signing with George Washington.

"Paris is a very skilled power forward with range out to the three-point line. His versatility will create a lot of match-up problems for our opponents," said Coach Lonergan.

Kethan Savage, a local product from Alexandria, Va., tallied 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season for Episcopal High School, on his way to Second Team All-Met honors, and First Team All-Virginia recognition. The combo guard also led his squad to a 25-3 record and the Interstate Athletic Conference Championship last season. Savage becomes the second local product to commit to George Washington for the 2012-13 season as Colonials first-year head coach Mike Lonergan and his staff also previously landed former Montrose Christian standout Isaiah Armwood, who transferred from Villanova.

"Kethan is a combo guard who plays point guard for his high school team. He's an extremely athletic player who gets to the rim and has the strength to finish. He's also a very good defender," said Coach Lonergan.

Armwood, a Baltimore native, will have two years of eligibility remaining with GW after fulfilling NCAA transfer requirements during the 2011-12 season. He averaged 2.4 points (.481 field goal %), 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.2 minutes per game over 61 games during his two seasons with the Wildcats, who posted a 46-20 record over that span. As a sophomore in 2010-11, Armwood started eight of 32 games played and averaged 2.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.