Virginia sophomore forward Jarred Reuter has committed to George Mason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter has committed to George Mason, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 1, 2017
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.