Mike Lonergan had no intention of letting Tyler Cavanaugh get away again.
Cavanaugh, a Wake Forest transfer, announced on Twitter that he would be joining the George Washington men's basketball team. The 6-foot-9 forward must sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Excited to join the buff and blue! I am a Colonial! #GW— Tyler Cavanaugh (@tycav34) July 3, 2014
The connection between Cavanaugh and GW's head coach dates back to when Lonergan coached at Vermont. Syracuse.com reports that Cavanaugh's first-ever scholarship offer came from Lonergan when was only 16. The player went to the ACC and the coach eventually went to the Atlantic 10 program.
The pair reunited recently when Cavanaugh toured GW on June 25. He reportedly picked the Colonials over Dayton and Butler among other schools.
Several players transferred from Wake Forest following a head coaching change this offseason. As a sophomore, Cavanaugh averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. He scored a season-high 20 points against No. 4 Duke in the Demon Deacons 82-72 win.
With Cavanaugh joining the roster, the Colonials are poised for a strong 2015-16. The current roster does not include any seniors. The four core players - center Kevin Larsen, point guard Joe McDonald, wings Patricio Garino and Kethan Savage - will be entering their fourth year. GW has a five-player recruiting class entering school in 2014, meaning they will have one season's worth of experience when Cavanaugh is eligible and he fits the one position currently unsettled -- power forward.
Unable to talk publicly about unsigned recruits due to NCAA regulations, Lonergan hinted at the commitment via Twitter on Thursday night:
Who would have thought that I could be driving to PA. in a hurricane/standstill traffic to see my inlaws and have a smile on my face?! Yess!— Mike Lonergan (@MikeLonergan) July 3, 2014