George Mason Lands A Pair

George Mason moved quickly to lock up a pair of prospects. Jim Larranaga's bunch secured commitments from a pair of perimeter players last weekend.

The first time we saw Folarin Campbell play at the 2003 Southern Invitational, it took about five minutes and a pair of made 3s to understand that he's got a gift. The guy can flat out stroke it and that's why a number of schools aggressively courted him. However, in the end, it was George Mason that got it done.

"They run a fast paced game," Campbell said. "They run a three guard rotation so I know that I can go in and contribute. They're in a good league and I know that I can do something as a freshman. They focus on their guards a lot so that's what did it."

Providence, East Carolina, Georgetown, Houston and South Carolina were some of the schools that had been keeping up with him. Providence offered him a scholarship and some others might have been close.

Though known primarily for his touch, Campbell thinks he doesn't get enough credit for being versatile. "I would like to say that I have an overall game. If I'm hot I'm going to keep shooting it. I have an inside game within the perimeter."

The Springbrook senior averaged 26 points a game last year. He didn't have to wait long to learn about a potential roommate either.

Laurel High standout John Vaughn, an excelled quarterback as well as perimeter player, picked the Patriots on the same day. Last season, Vaughn averaged 22 points a game and was being courted by Fordham and St. Joseph's.

"I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and it's not that far from home," Vaughn said. "I felt that if basketball didn't lead me into the professionals, I felt I could get a degree and good job right out of college."

George Mason, a preseason favorite in the CAA, just added a pair of guys who have proven on the high school level that they can fill it up.

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