2016 AJ Wilson commits to George Mason

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Dave Paulsen, who said he wanted to make a point to recruit local when taking the George Mason job, has landed local recruit AJ Wilson. You may remember me mentioning recently on twitter that Wilson was undecided between coming to George Mason as a 2016 recruit or doing a year of prep school. Mason just won that recruiting battle and they will add immediate help up front and on the wing with Wilson.

Wilson has serious athletic ability and had interest from VCU, Maryland, Charlotte, Nevada, UCF, and Penn State to name a few. He has a reputation as a rim protector as evidenced in the video from scout.com here. And also has the ability to finish at the rim as seen here:

With this addition and that of 2017 recruit Goanar Mar, Mason had quickly revamped a weakness and is currently building a force to compete with the power A-10 programs. Mason has desperately needed some scoring ability and toughness from the wing position for quite some time. The rest of the 2016 class, along with Otis Livingston II and Jaire Grayer, provide depth and an updated back court. It’s obvious Dave Paulsen is building from the guards up, which makes sense because Shevon Thompsons only come around so often for a team like Mason. In the coming years Mason will have guys in the back court and wing players who can score, rebound, and play defense.


Here’s a bit more footage of Wilson’s game:

  • TonyD

    Another great pick up, I like what Paulsen is doing here

  • adam2405

    Welcome AJ, can’t wait to get more local kids!

  • Grad2003

    I really like what we now have with him, Mar, and Temara. Some very athletic guys who can hopefully help out right away. With this being another 2016 I would have to think at least someone redshirts like Newman or Kier.

  • gmusigs

    Great to now have a coach that knows how to actually build a roster. I think our defense will improve drastically over the next two years.

  • Masonfan01

    Could see Mar and Wilson starting at forward spots at some point in the future. Both guys seem to have high ceilings also. Can’t to see Paulsen run the pick and pop with them!

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  • dsnjd1

    How boring! I’d rather have a group of free-wheeling undisciplined four star rejects coached by a former final-four coach with a multi-million guaranteed contract. ….What? We’ve tried that already?……Never mind.