Troy Temara signs his letter of intent

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Troy Temara, a 6’8″, athletic forward has signed his letter of intent to play at George Mason after verbally committing to the program back in September. Temara is probably the most athletic and physically gifted of the 2016 class and has plenty of highlight reels that include monster dunks.  The interesting thing with him is if he can bring that outside jumper in the post, a staple in Dave Paulsen’s pick and pop offense that we didn’t see this season. With Shevon Thompson and Marko Gujanicic gone, the team is in desperate need for some athleticism and scoring up front. The question will be whether or not he can form a formidable pair in the front court with Jalen Jenkins.

Temara joins a Mason recruiting class that includes sharp-shooters Kamari Newman, Justin Kier and shooting guard Ian Boyd.

Mason recruit Ian Boyd hits milestone

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One of the most exciting players that will be joining George Mason basketball next season is Ian Boyd from Apex, North Carolina. The former football prospect who committed to Mason just recently celebrated hitting the 2,000 point milestone in his high school career. You can watch some highlights from the game here, where he often looks like a man playing against boys. He’s 6’4″ and is built like a linebacker, could be maybe play the three here at Mason? Would be a great complement to Moore and Livingston in the back court.

George Mason picks up another shooter, 2016 SG Karmari Newman

10-20-2015 8-28-24 AMGeorge Mason picked up their fourth commitment of the 2016 recruiting class with Detroit shooting guard Karmari Newman. The 6’4″ guard has been a heck of a scorer in high school and was regarded as one of the top players at his position in the state. Here is more on his recruitment from Future150.com:

“A huge pickup for the GMU staff as Newman is one of the elite 2016 prospects in the state of Michigan, regarded as the one of best shooting guards in the state by most outlets as well. Newman chose the Patriots over a handful of other schools including Buffalo, Cleveland State, Detroit, Robert Morris, and St. Bonaventure’s among others.

“George Mason had a very good situation for me. Their playing style is similar to the way my high school plays,” said Newman.

Newman is an electric scorer with good bounce in his step, he is athletic enough to play some time at small forward in small ball line ups at the next level. The similarities in the style of play weren’t the only things that helped Karmari choose George Mason as his future college home.”

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Justin Kier talks about his commitment to George Mason

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Yesterday George Mason got their third commitment for the 2016 recruiting class from Virginia guard Justin Kier. Here are some quotes from Kier after he made his decision:

“It came down to the wire and George Mason came out on top,” Kier said. “I got some good things coming for coach Paulsen, a great coach. We’re gonna have to rebuild but I’m excited for it.”

Kier described the process as “stressful” but chose to play for the Patriots because it would allow him to play at the highest level possible. George Mason has played in the NCAA Tournament three times in the last decade.

Here is a video of Kier being interviewed:

2016 Justin Kier commits to George Mason

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Dave Paulsen and his staff continue to bring in new talent quickly in the 2016 recruiting class as 6’3″ guard Justin Kier, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, announced today he is coming to George Mason:

Kier becomes the third member of Mason’s 2016 recruiting class, that also features guard Ian Boyd and forward Troy Temara. Getting local talent, especially in backcourt is a huge plus for Mason right now.

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2016 recruit Ian Boyd spurns football, commits to George Mason

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The recruiting news about the 2016 keeps rolling in as George Mason got a commitment yesterday from shooting guard Ian Boyd from Apex, North Carolina.

Boyd is an interesting case because his commitment to playing basketball is a surprise to many as he was being heavily recruited  by Virginia Tech, ODU, ECU, and Georgia Tech to play football. Boyd, like fellow 2016 Troy Temara commit, is a very athletic player with a high ceiling. Dave Paulsen and his staff seem to be keying in on guys that have high upside and after some time in his fundamental-heavy system will thrive. He is a big, physical guard, that Mason certainly needs in the 2016 class as the back court will be totally revamped in the next two years. Watching his highlights he will definitely remind some of Folarin Campbell.

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2016 wing Josh Hall has George Mason in his final four

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Former Rice commit Josh Hall recently reopened his recruitment and has George Mason in his final four along with UNCW, Georgia Southern and Nevada. The 6’7″ wing is an athletic scorer who is a four star recruit on Yahoo/Rivals and a 3 star rating on ESPN. He plans to visit George Mason last, next week, which is good sign that Dave Paulsen has a real shot at landing him. This write-up details his recruiting and what he is looking for in a school:

“While Hall just decommitted from Rice, he does know what he is looking for in a school at the next level, “I want a school with good academics, a place where I feel has a family atmosphere and where I can come in and make an immediate impact and play as a soon as possible.”

Hall is aware of who he is as a player and where he looks to fit in at the next level, “I am a combo guard that likes to score and get my teammates involved. I also like to get the rebound on a fast break and push it in transition.” He has the length and the IQ to affect the game on both ends of the floor. He has great length and instincts on defense, allowing him to defend multiple positions. Offensively he is solid shooting from 15’ and in, he handles the ball well from the wing, and he is a competitor getting to the rim and in transition.”

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Dave Paulsen adds first 2016 recruit, Troy Temara

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Dave Paulsen and has staff must not be sleeping much these last few months as they landed another recruit last night, their first addition to the 2016 class. The commitment of Troy Temara, an athletic 6’8″ forward is another example we have seen of just how hard this new coaching staff is working on the recruiting trails. Now that the 2015-16 roster is complete they can focus on the future and getting an early commitment like this is a big plus.

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Three-star 2016 guard Jeff Dowtin visiting George Mason

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Dave Paulsen and his staff have a big visit this weekend as local guard Jeff Dowtin will be on campus Friday. Dowtin is 6’3″ combo guard from St. Johns College High in DC and reports on him is that he has “big upside” potential. According to Rivals.com he has visit Wichita State but left with no commitment. He also has fellow Atlantic 10 member Rhode Island on his visit list after Mason but hopefully he doesn’t make it that far.

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Jaire Grayer talks about selecting George Mason

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George Mason received two more commitments for their 2015 class earlier this week and 6’5″ guard Jaire Grayer could have an immediate impact. The local media from his hometown of Flint, Michigan caught up with him to discuss why he chose George Mason over another year of prep school:

Three-star basketball recruit, Jaire Grayer, was close to pursuing a post-graduate season at Don Bosco Prep in Indiana, to chase bigger college offers.

But after making the trip to Fairfax, Va. for a visit to George Mason University, the Flint guard changed his mind.

Grayer, 18, fell in love with the campus and ultimately decided to sign with the program this week. He will leave Flint to begin his college journey on Thursday, Aug. 28.

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