Cimino commits to George Washington

George Washington added a key piece to their puzzle on Sunday. Matt Cimino, one of the best available centers, gave Mike Lonergan and his staff a verbal commitment.

Matt Cimino, a 6-foot-10 center out of Worcester (Mass.) Academy, committed to George Washington on Sunday. The talented big man confirmed the news to

"I committed to George Washington like 10 minutes ago," Cimino told

Why did Cimino pick George Washington?

"First and foremost it's probably my relationship with the coaches," Cimino said. "They've been with me for a while and through ups and downs. My relationship with coach Longeran and coach [Hajj] Turner is very good."

Cimino had narrowed his list of schools to George Washington, Georgia and Georgia Tech. All three schools had offered him a scholarship.

"When I went on my visit I just met so many people," Cimino said about George Washington. "I felt like I was wanted and needed there compared to every other school. I was needed there most there."

"I feel like I have a good opportunity there," he added. "It just felt right. I've been thinking about it long and hard for the past two weeks. I knew it was right."

Cimino's recruitment began to take off at a strong performance at the Hoop Hall Classic in mid-January. At his size, Cimino has very good hands and touch around the basket. He's also able to face up and hit mid-range jump shots.

George Washington now has five pledges in their 2014 class. Cimino joins Yuta Watanabe, Paul Jorgensen, Darian Bryant and Anthony Swan to make up their current class.

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