Friday, May 12, 2017

GW Men’s Basketball Announces Additions of Jack, Nolan

Maceo Jack commits to GW

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Colonials Add Two Guards to Their 2017 Recruiting Class in Maceo Jack and Terry Nolan Jr.

Maceo Jack, a 6-foot-5 guard from Buffalo, New York, and Terry Nolan Jr., a 6-foot-3 guard from Baltimore, have signed national letters-of-intent to attend George Washington University. Jack and Nolan become the second and third members of GW’s 2017 recruiting class, joining guard Justin Mazzulla from Rhode Island.

Jack completed his prep career at Williamsville North in Buffalo before spending a postgraduate year at St. Thomas More School in Connecticut - where Yuta Watanabe attended, before matriculating to GW.

As a high school senior in 2016-17, Nolan earned first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro honors after guiding Mount Carmel to a 29-11 season, including a runner-up finish in MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League tournament championships.

“We are very excited about the addition of Maceo,” said head coach Maurice Joseph. “He is a talented and athletic kid who has been around the game from birth as his mother Felisha Jack is the current head women's basketball coach at the University of Buffalo and a former Syracuse University standout. His work ethic and feel for the game will make him a great fit with our young core of talented underclassmen and he'll be a great addition to the GW family.

“The timing in Terry's recruitment worked out perfectly,” said Joseph. “As soon as we learned that he became available, we jumped on him. His skill set, length and athleticism at the guard position will add to our talented backcourt but it is his competitive spirit that will allow him to be most impactful. Recruiting the DMV is a major piece of our recruiting philosophy and Terry, being from Baltimore, is a great start. We are all looking forward to watching Terry compete for the Buff & Blue.”

Jack averaged 24 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Williamsville North, leading the team to a regular season ECIC title while earning league Player of the Year honors. At St. Thomas More School, he averaged 15 points and five rebounds. Both of his parents had successful athletic careers - while his mother, Felisha, was a standout basketball player, his father David played volleyball on the Jamaican National Team.

“I really believe in the vision of the coaching staff,” said Jack. “I trust them and feel they’re going to push me and make me into the best player I can be - into a player that I don’t even know I can be yet. To play in the Atlantic 10 is a great opportunity, and also the teammates I’m going to have next year are high character guys that I can’t wait to play with. Academically, GW is one of the premier universities in the country and education is very important to me.”

Nolan, who originally signed with Chattanooga last November before re-opening his recruitment after a coaching change, also received interest from Clemson, Georgetown and Virginia. The guard averaged a career-best 17 points, six rebounds and five assists per game as a senior and was named to the USA Today All-Maryland second team.

“From the minute I stepped foot on campus it felt like a family atmosphere,” said Nolan. “Meeting the guys, it felt like a brotherhood and that’s what I was looking for along with a great education and a great basketball program. Coach Joseph has great energy and passion. He’s a young coach that’s not too far from my generation, so we can relate. When we were in the car the day before I committed, he was playing Kendrick Lamar. Once he played that, I just knew I was going to commit.”