George Mason Gets Its Man

The George Mason Patriots picked up a power forward that coach Jim Larranaga coveted. Darryl Monroe is headed back closer to home.

Darryl Monroe had a variety of offers. East Carolina, UTEP, George Mason, College of Charleston, Rhode Island and South Carolina State all wanted him. In the end, George Mason was able to land the 6-foot-7 power forward out of Central Florida Community College.

The Virginia Beach, Va., native is heading back towards home after averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds as a juco freshman last season.

"He is a 6-foot-7 forward and he's lost 15 pounds," Central Florida JC Coach Tim Ryan said. "When he got here was 6-6 and 250 and now he's 235. He has tremendous hands; I think he'd be a great tight end. He sees the floor and his ability to see the floor is very good. There's no doubt that he's the best big man passer in the state."

Mason, who pursued Monroe as a priority recruit, had company for his services when it came time to make a decision.

"I'd say it came down to East Carolina, UTEP and George Mason," Ryan said. The former Boo Williams standout played his high school ball at First Colonial in the Tidewater region.

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