Upon arriving on the George Washington campus, coach Mike Lonergan stated the Colonials would aggressively mine the D.C. area for recruits. He continues to be a man of his word.
Saint John's College High School product Darian Bryant confirmed with CSNwashington that he would be part of the Colonials' 2014 class. The 6-foot-4 wing broke the good news to Lonergan, deciding to join the Atlantic 10 program over runner-up Delaware.
"GW has been at the top of my list for a while," Bryant said during a phone interview on Thursday. "I've been narrowing my list down for a while every single day, from 10, to eight, to five to two. I just fell in love with GW when I visited. I love the school, the atmosphere. it's just a great fit for me."
George Washington's freshman class last season included Joe McDonald (Landon), Kevin Larsen (Montrose Christian) and Kethan Savage (Episcopal). That trio started throughout the 2012-13 campaign along with former Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood (Montrose Christian) and fellow freshman Patricio Garino.
Guard Nick Griffin (Magruder) is part of Lonergan's 2013 class. Wing guard Anthony Swan (Lynchburg/V.E.S.) became the first commit for 2014 after picking GW over Miami and Cincinnati earlier this year.
At Saint John's, Bryant plays with Georgetown recruit Tre Campbell. He also played the role of hero with a last second half court to beat DeMatha in the WCAC quarterfinals this year.
"We both liked the idea of staying home," said Bryant, who was teammates with Maryland commit Dion Wiley for AAU power Team Takeover.
"Before AAU started, I decided I would make my decision before the (High School) season started," Bryant said. "That way I don't have to worry about it and can just focus on my senior year."
Bryant averaged 11.2 points in his first year at Saint John's after transferring from Arundel. He effectively defended bigger players inside, but expects to shift into the backcourt at George Washington.
"It's a good fit with the way I like to play. It's an up-tempo team," Bryant said of George Washington's approach under Lonergan.