Goanar Mar takes over in Minnesota state championship

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George Mason commit Goanar Mar will leave DeLaSalle high school in Minnesota as one of the greats after helping the school win it’s sixth straight state title; four of which he was a part of. The kid is a winner and it’s easy to see why Dave Paulsen is so high on him with the production he has on both ends of the court. In the semifinal playoff game he had 20 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and three assists. The 6’7″ forward also went 3-for-4 on three-pointers. Yesterday in the championship game he took over and was a “matchup nightmare” for the opposing team finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals:

“Mar has been a matchup nightmare for the past four years. He’s a 6-foot-7 forward with guard skills who can hit the open jumper, create for himself and others and crash the glass.

“Gonar was an absolutely monster out there,” Austin coach Kris Fadness said. “We couldn’t throw the ball around him. … and Goanar is a one-man fast break on his own when he gets a rebound.”

Hearing that Mar plays like a guard at 6’7″ is very encouraging to hear. Mason has plenty of guards that can play the 1 or the 2 but few who can play on the wing and defend bigger players there as well. If Mar can do that at the Division I level I think he’s pretty close to being a day 1 starter. On top of that, he can step out and shoot three-pointers, something we are seeing more and more from the big guys in college basketball. Mar seems versatile and athletic enough to play at multiple spots so I’d imagine we will see him all over the court next season. I can’ stress enough how much of a need he fills for Mason heading into the 2017-18 season.

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Here are some highlights from the championship game yesterday (Mar is #14 in white): 

  • TonyD

    This kid is a stud and a steal for Paulsen and Mason. Finally have someone with some size who can defend on the wing. I could them playing similar lineups as last season with four guards and Mar in the middle.

  • gmusigs

    I’d like to see some of these recently opened spots be used for a legit five so Mar can play as a stretch four. Paulsen will probably use him at the 3-5 whenever needed if he’s truly that versatile which would be a huge bonus. Depends on the front court comes together next year, Relvao had his moments late but has bad knees, Temara was benched it seemed, and AJ Wilson hasn’t played yet.

  • Chris Hirsch

    I don’t often get excited about recruits (see Erik Copes), but Mar has me so EXCITE

    • mkaufman1

      You should be excited Hirsch. Him and AJ Wilson are gonna RULE THE SCHOOL next year.

      And I sincerely doubt that Mar is anywhere close to what Erik Copes is or was unless he has a family member randomly join the staff and decide to start skipping classes amongst other things.

  • Gamoo79

    Mar might not be a UK one-and-done type freshman, but he sure looks like he could be an important day one player in the A10.

  • Days of Yates

    Ditto on the excitement over this guy, who’s entering the program at just the right time. Ryan, if you can get the scoop on how to pronounce his name…. because I think we’ll be saying it a lot!