Last night head coach Dave Paulsen got a great start to his 2017 recruiting class, a commitment from four star forward Goanar Mar. First reported by Evan Daniels, the news brings a bold start to Paulsen’s second year at George Mason. Mar (6’7″) is known as a versatile wing with good fundamentals and a lock-down defender. He is currently attending De La Salle high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2017 Goanar Mar of D1 Minnesota has committed to George Mason. Versatile wing, lock down defender, good shooter w/a high ceiling #VaHoops
— Jack Herron (@jwherron10) July 26, 2016
He’s what a Minnesota coach had to say about Mar back in February 2015:
“Gonar is getting 13 or 14 points a game,” D1 Minnesota coach Nick Carroll told Scout. “He guards the best player on every team.”
“I’ve been around some good high-level guys but I’ve never seen a kid that has been as versatile defensively,” he added.
“He blocks more jump shots than anybody I’ve seen. He deflects passes, runs the floor and his skill development [is going well].”
George Mason getting a steal in DeLaSalle 2017 wing Goanar Mar. Great defender and versatile offensive player. @adidasD1MN
— Marcus R. Fuller (@GophersMarcus) July 26, 2016
He visited campus earlier this month, see pictured below with Otis Livingston II, and had other offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Richmond, and Xavier.
Goanar Mar is a good athlete that will be provide a spark in the A10 for George Mason. pic.twitter.com/0AZkrDZeVM
— MakePlayz (@MakePlayz_com) July 26, 2016
Paulsen has done a great job finding under the radar talent to come in and already be able to play in the Atlantic 10. It is always great to see a kid buy in and commit this early in the process to the program. With a player like this committing we are now starting to see Paulsen bring in the more highly rated recruits that will be needed for this program to compete with the conference heavyweights.