The off-season is a time for change in college basketball. Within three days of its season concluding, George Washington men's basketball roster looks a little different.
Sophomore forward Paris Maragkos has requested and been granted his release to transfer from the program, the school announced on Monday. In two seasons, the native of Greece averaged 1.1 points and 3.3 minutes over 45 games. Maragkos was twice named to the Athletic Academic Dean's List.
This does not come as a surprise as the 6-foot-8 Maragkos rarely played for the Colonials even when injuries or foul trouble shook up the rotation. Though starting forward Isaiah Armwood and key reserve Nemanja Mikic are graduating this spring, minutes still figured to be tight in 2014-15. Four likely starters return and coach Mike Lonergan brings in a five-player recruiting class, which includes four capable of spending time in the frontcourt.
What this scenario does for the program is open a scholarship, which isn't a bad thing at all. Lonergan can look to add another high school recruit or a graduate transfer as he did last season with guard Maurice Creek. Players with a fifth-year of eligibility are able to transfer from one school and immediately play for another.
Names of those players are starting to leak out from schools across the country, a situation Lonergan and his staff will surely keep tabs on. Creek transferred from Indiana and not only became GW's leading scorer, but the missing piece for the team's NCAA Tournament push.
Keeping the scholarship open is another option. Forward John Kopriva will be the only scholarship senior on the roster next season.
"We'd like to thank Paris for his two years in our program. He was a pleasure to coach and our entire coaching staff and team wish him the best in the future," said Head Coach Mike Lonergan.