NaNa Mensah-Bonsu Signs With GW Basketball

Dec. 14, 2001

WASHINGTON, DC - NaNa Mensah-Bonsu (Richland, NJ/St. Augustine) has signed a national-letter-of-intent to play basketball at The George Washington University, head coach Karl Hobbs has announced.

A native of London, England, Mensah-Bonsu is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward who averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior last season for St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ, near Atlantic City, under coach Paul Rodio.

Mensah-Bonsu, nicknamed "Pops," is coming off minor knee surgery (Oct. 25) and is expected to rejoin the St. Augustine team in early January. He competes in both the high jump and long jump events for the St. Augustine track and field team.

"He plays with the same level of intensity and energy as Jaason Smith and that's what I love about him," Hobbs said. "He's as good an athlete as anyone his size."

Mensah-Bonsu is in his second season at St. Augustine under coach Rodio. "He is very versatile," Rodio said of Mensah-Bonsau. The Hermits posted a 25-3 record reaching the championship game of the Cape Atlantic League. He scored 19 points with 13 rebounds in a key game against Newport Academy in the Prime Time Shootout tournament at Trenton, NJ's Sovran Bank Arena.

GW's recruiting class, which includes three other early signees, is ranked No. 22 in the nation and tops in the Atlantic 10 Conference by

George Washington Men's Basketball 2001-2002 Signees:
Name Pos. Ht Wt PPG RPG Hometown/Last School

Omar Williams G/F 6-9 180 22.0 9.0 Philadelphia, PA/Celestial Prep
NaNa Mensah-Bonsu F 6-7 220 10.0 6.0 Richland, NJ/St. Augustine
Mike Hall F 6-7 180 15.0 12.0 Palos Heights, IL/Alan B. Sheppard
Alexander Kireev F 6-11 240 14.0 12.0 Shreveport, LA/Evangel Christian Academy

GW (7-3, 0-0 A-10) next hosts the Charlotte 49ers of Conference USA Dec. 29 in a 2:00 p.m. game at Smith Center.



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