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2014 small forward Therence Mayimba was on campus this past Saturday for an official visit and it apparently went very well as he has committed to George Mason and Paul Hewitt. Three-star rated Mayimba becomes the third member of the Patriots’ 2014 recruiting class that also includes small forward Eric Lockett and center Trey Porter.
Mayimba is a bit of a physical specimen and has a division I body already. Defensively he can be a difference maker but his overall offense will need some work. My post from last week on him has a good scouting report from ESPN. He is also a fierce rebounder and works hard on the glass even out of his area. So defense and rebounding, definitely fills a need for George Mason based on what we saw in 2012-2013. Overall he has the physical tools that Paul Hewitt covets in his recruits and seems like a guy that can play multiple spots on the court. Yes he is a bit similar to Eric Lockett but these are the tough, hard-nosed kind of players that Mason has been lacking recently. You need these pieces to round out a competitive roster. Mayimba and Lockett to me seem like guys who will know their role from day one on this team and do whatever is necessary to help the team win.
George Mason still has one more scholarship to fill in this 2014 class. They will most likely be a back court player as both Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen will be gone next season. Those two are probably going to end the 2013-2014 as the team’s #1 and #2 scorers, so those are big shoes to fill. Also don’t rule out them holding on to to this open spot til the spring time.
Here’s what ESPN says:
Video highlights from his junior year:
More analysis from inRecruit:
“When watching Therence Mayimba play basketball, the first word that comes to mind to describe his game is raw. He is freakishly athletic (he sometimes takes the jump ball for Montrose Christian as a small forward), but he really needs to work on the fluidity of his game. He dribbles and shoots so rigidly that he looks robotic at times. At 6’6, 200 lbs, Mayimba has prototypical size for a small forward. Since his game is still in the early stages of its development, he is primarily a defensive-minded player right now. That’s not a bad thing. His former Team Takeover brother Victor Oladipo just made it to the NBA being primarily a defensive player. Mayimba plays his AAU ball for a stacked Team Takeover, a team that has multiple prospects heading to play at big time division one schools. His teammates include Phil Booth, four star shooting guard committed to Villanova, James Palmer, four star point guard committed to Miami, Dion Wiley, four star shooting guard committed to Maryland, and Martin Geben, four star power forward committed to Notre Dame. George Mason Head Coach Paul Hewitt is certainly hoping that playing with these guys for one more year raises his game to another level. Mayimba gives Hewitt his third commit for the class of 2014, joining another small forward in three star prospcet Eric Lockett and unranked center Trey Porter.”