ESPN Rates Men's Basketball Recruiting Class as Tops Among Non-BCS Schools
May 24, 2009
George Mason men's basketball head coach Jim Larranaga and his assistant coaches put together an impressive recruiting class over the past eight months and this weekend, it was recognized by ESPN.com as the top class in the nation among non-BCS schools.
Paris Bennett, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., Luke Hancock, a 6'5" forward from Hargrave Military Academy and a native of Roanoke, Va., Vertrail Vaughns, a 6'2" guard from Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, Rashad Whack, a 6'2" guard from Bishop McNamara High School and a native of Hyattsville, Md., Johnny Williams, a 6'8" forward from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tenn., and Sherrod Wright, a 6'4" guard from Mount Vernon High School inNew York make up a six-player class that ESPN ranks ahead of Umass, Rice, San Diego State, UNLV, Gonzaga, Central Florida, BYU, Miami (Ohio) and Long Beach State.
Bennett was named the top small forward recruit in the CAA by Rivals.com and he was rated three stars by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Playing for Kevin Boyle, he averaged better than 10 points per game for St. Patrick as a junior. He is rated as the #123 small forward in the nation by ESPN.com.
Hancock averaged 14 points and seven rebounds last season as a senior at Hidden Valley High School. He spent last season enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy and played for Kevin Keatts.
Vaughns played for Brian Curts at Mesquite High School and as a junior, he averaged 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. He was rated #71 in the nation at his position by ESPN.com.
Whack, who was also recruited by VCU, and JMU, scored 17 points per game as a junior playing for Marty Keithline at Bishop McNamara. He was named the top shooting guard prospect in the CAA by Rivals.com and ESPN.com rates him as the #72 shooting guard in the nation.
Williams played for John Harrington at Briarcrest Christian School and as a junior he averaged a double-double. He is rated the top power forward prospect in the CAA by Rivals.com and he earned three stars from both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He is rated #39 in the nation at power forward by ESPN.com.
Wright played for Bob Cimino at Mount Vernon High School and as a senior he averaged 23.2 points per game and was named MVP of the Section 1 Tournament. He was overwhelmingly voted Mr. Basketball in Section 1 by the Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association. During his time at Mount Vernon, he won two state titles and four sectional championships. Wright, was rated #32 in the nation at shooting guard by ESPN.com. Wright and Williams were graded by ESPN.com as the second-best recruits in the CAA this season.