George Makes A Switch

Paul George decided he wanted to play his college ball closer to home, so he decommitted from Santa Clara and committed to another WCC school.

Two months ago Paul George gave Kerry Keating and Santa Clara a verbal commitment, on Thursday the 6-foot-8, 190-pound senior made a switch. George now plans to play his college ball at Pepperdine.

"I liked Santa Clara, but it just wasn't the closest and the best decision for me," George said. "I really liked it there and wish I could have gotten the chance to work with Coach Keating. I just didn't get the same vibe there that I did when I stepped on this campus."

"[Pepperdine] was closer to home and I felt more comfortable with the players and the coaches," he continued. "My mom will be able to make it to majority of my games and it's only about an hour and ten minutes away from home, I just can't go wrong with that."

George, who is still only 17-years old, has a sister that is currently a senior on Pepperdine's women's basketball team. Despite the connection, he said her presence at Pepperdine didn't effect his decision.

"Not too much because when I'm here she'll be gone," George said. "But from what she tells me, it's a great school and I got to go with what my blood says."

The Palmdale (Calif.) High standout said he'll be a great fit in Vance Walberg's well known AASAA (Attack, Attack, Skip, Attack, Attack) offensive system.

"I'm another threat on the wing and a player that Coach Walberg is looking for in terms of having four guards. I'm big, long and will get after it."

The Waves have put together a solid four man recruiting class. To go with George, they also hold commitments from Brad Tinsley, Paul McCoy and Ameer Shamsud-din. Tinsley and McCoy are both members of's Top 100.

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