The parade of college basketball recruiting news continues with a stop in Foggy Bottom. George Washington men's basketball Coach Mike Lonergan announced on Friday that three 2014 prospects - guards Darian Bryant and Paul Jorgensen plus swingman Anthony Swan - signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
*Jorgensen and Swan, who also considered Cincinnati and Miami (Fl), are three-star recruits per ESPN. The 6-foot-3 Jorgensen will provide Lonergan with a needed backup point guard behind starter Joe McDonald. The 6-foot-7 Swan will join a roster that loses wings Maurice Creek and Nemanja Mikic to graduation, along with senior center Isaiah Armwood.
*CSN spoke with Bryant in August when the St. John's College starter picked the Colonials.
"GW has been at the top of my list for a while," Bryant said. "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."
The school's statement included additional details on the three recruits:
Guard, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs.
Washington, D.C./St. John's College H.S./Team Takeover
Bryant earned Second Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) honors as a junior in 2012-13, averaging 11.2 points on 47 percent shooting as he helped the Cadets reach the WCAC Championship game. It was Bryant's half-court, buzzer-beating game winner that helped St. John's edge DeMatha Catholic, 57-55, in the WCAC quarterfinals en route to the title game. The 6-foot-3 guard is not only noted for his shooting, but also his size, strength and ability to guard multiple positions.
Guard, 6-foot-2, 180 lbs.
Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep/New Heights NYC
Nicknamed the 'Prince Harry of Harlem' for his performance during the Tri-State Classic's High School Showcase this past summer, Jorgensen will bring style and substance to the Colonials' backcourt. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.6 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for Don Bosco Prep as a junior in 2012-13, earning Third Team All-Bergen County honors from the Newark Star-Ledger and All-Suburban honors from the Ridgewood News. He posted 10 games of 20-or-more points for the Ironmen in 2012-13, including a season high of 31, and has totaled 748 points in three years on Don Bosco's varsity.
Jorgensen shined this summer, helping his New Heights NYC AAU team to a title at the adidas Super 64 championship in Las Vegas and earning MVP honors of the Books and Ball Classic in New York in October. He is currently rated the 12th-best prospect in New Jersey, 49th in the Class of 2014 Point Guard rankings, and 59th in the East by ESPN.
Guard/Forward, 6-foot-7, 186 lbs.
Los Angeles, Calif./Virginia Episcopal School/Boo Williams
Swan comes to GW as a two-time Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) All-State selection at Virginia Episcopal School (VES) in Lynchburg, Va.. The versatile 6-foot-7 wing averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks to earn First Team All-State honors and help VES to a 21-4 overall record and an appearance in the VISAA Division II state title game as a junior in 2012-13 (#22 in highlights here and here). He was also a Second Team All-State pick as a sophomore as the Bishops' reached the VISAA D-II title game in 2011-12. Swan is currently rated the 45th-best prospect in the East and 47th in the Class of 2014 Small Forward rankings by ESPN.