Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter commits to George Mason

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Virginia sophomore forward Jarred Reuter has committed to George Mason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

We got news of Reuter deciding between George Washington and George Mason late last week after he was taking visits to both campuses. Since Reuter is a sophomore he will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility starting in 2018-19. He’s coming to Mason looking for more playing time as he only averaged just over 10 minutes a game with the Cavaliers last season. Despite that, his physical presence inside helped to be a difference in a number of games while at UVA.

This is a huge get for Dave Paulsen and his staff and it’s shame he isn’t suiting up this season because they could certainly use him up front. They added more depth to the front court his off season with the addition of incoming freshman Greg Calixte but they still lack experience and inside scoring.

Reuter will be a big body down low who has great passing skills and a high basketball IQ. Here is a quote from his high school coach:

“What stands out about Jarred is how physical he is,” Smith said. “He thrives on contact. He is about 245 pounds, and he has no qualms about throwing his weight around. Jarred is very aggressive. Even though he plays physical, he is an excellent passer for his size. You watch his highlights and he’s not flying around and dunking on people, but he’s physical and aggressive. His basketball IQ and strength separate him from some others.”

Coming from Tony Bennett’s defensive system, you know he’s a disciplined defender, but some have told me he has struggled a bit in that area. We will have to see how he is in Dave Paulsen’s system. Nonetheless it’s great for the program to get a player with some big game experience, especially with so many young guys currently on the roster. He can provide that tough, inside scoring that Mason will now be lacking without Jalen Jenkins.

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  • Chris Hirsch

    Well done Paulsen and staff!

  • Joel1204

    Did not expect this, awesome get for Paulsen. We should be primed for a run in the A-10 in 2018.

  • Quel Esteve

    Awesome !!! How does DP and his staff keep doing this ? They seem to be getting steal after steal in recruting. I agree 2018 should be a good year for the program !!!

  • Gamoo79

    Never saw Jenkins back a guy down on the dribble and score on a jump hook. Usually a dribble meant a turnover.
    Way to go Coach Dave!!

  • Days of Yates

    Some good pickups/signups recently, which should fill the vacancies in the Forward/Center slots that we’ve all had concerns about. Should be some interesting competition among the bigs for playing time in the next couple of years, while our experienced guards help keep things glued together. Next year we could have our stumbles while figuring out how to replace the points and rebounds that Jalen and Marquise took with them, but the future sure looks bright.