By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 9/26/2011 10:35:56 PM



2012 Blue Ridge (VA) PF Kyprianos Maragkos had a great unofficial visit to Virginia over the weekend. Clemson & GW will see him this week.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 9/26/2011 10:36:21 PM


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 9/27/2011 10:23:49 AM

YouTube Interview (pt 1, pt 2)

Cavs visit roundup.  ODU & VPI also interested with many other schools sniffing. 


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 9/30/2011 9:13:41 AM

TheRecruitScoop: Miami, Marquette, Clemson, George Washington, UAB & George Mason saw Kyprianos Maragkos, a 2012 PF from Blue Ridge (VA), this week. (7 minutes ago from web)

By: notta hater (2,492 posts) - 9/30/2011 11:10:24 AM

very interesting how the coaches view him.  ODU jumps on him and offers, UVA reserves judgment in light of its scholarship totals, others have seen him and play coy.

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 10/8/2011 8:27:14 PM

On his official visit to GW today

By: its the weather (1 posts) - 10/8/2011 9:05:52 PM

By: Mentzinger (3,646 posts) - 10/8/2011 10:15:19 PM

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 10/8/2011 10:17:47 PM

 I hope its true

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 10/9/2011 1:44:10 AM

Would be a great fit for him.

Cosmopolitan city.

Coach who can build big guys into NBA players.

By: formerly boston pops (338 posts) - 10/9/2011 7:19:34 AM


how long has it been since our recruiting focus garnered this much attention at power forward?  i think its great.  we've been stockpiling wings for so long, we must have several years worth in reserve.  once we get past this year, where we will be limited to one big at a time - simply out of roster limitation, i think we may be seeing the last of our small starting lineups.

this is just a guess on my part but it does seem that a much higher per cent of ML targets have been 6'8 or more.  i'm still waiting for news of our next point guard.  here's hoping he is someone special.  perhaps an exceptional distributer and defender?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 10/9/2011 7:48:54 AM

His FIBA Stats.  Note that he's been playing in these events for four years now.

Here's hoping the NCAA doesn't convulse over his Panathinaikos affiliation.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:31:15 AM

 Not to be Debbie Downer but his stats read like Matic Debevic and the situation sounds like that Kristops kid who could never make it to GW.

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:51:05 AM

Hey Debbie!


By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:53:23 AM

 He's #15   clip

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:53:27 AM

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:55:33 AM

 Another Clip

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 10/9/2011 10:01:38 AM

 Another Clip

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 10/9/2011 10:12:32 AM

 Another Clip

By: cagwu (645 posts) - 10/9/2011 11:14:23 AM

I doubt he'll committ just because of the weather, but it has been a glorious weekend so far...

By: ziik the shirtmaker (812 posts) - 10/9/2011 11:50:09 AM

I went down the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday, along with maybe 1.25 million others. All of Virginia was pretty. If it's a weather/nice day/good feelings/sign-me-up issue, every school that is in the running for the guy is pretty much in the same ballpark, weather-wise.

I do recall, though, driving South from New England to visit GW years ago, and Washington was at its best.. It clinched the deal for my parents, anyway. They started planning all these trips to Florida, with stop-offs in DC to leave my little sister with me while they continued south.  Thankfully, I was able to enjoy GWU despite their insidious plans.

245 Pounds is a nice playing weight for a legit 6'9", but he's pretty young to carry that. I hope he's not a leadfoot. Also, I hope he's not expected to be THE BIG MAN. GW has had incredible good luck with big guys, but has had some major clunkers along the way, especially when we were desparate for size. John Powers (?), Larry Ketvirtis, Jim (?) Thornton and some guy from suburban Maryland, signed by Keuster, but a total no-show, come to mind.



By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:04:52 PM

Thanks for the clip, FC.  He looked a little like USC's Sasha Vujecich (sp?) who was the Sixers' first round pick. Maybe not as tall, but seems pretty strong and fluid around the basket.  He's obviously dominating unathletic players around the basket in those clips, but I suspect his game translates (not that he'll be an every posssesiion option in the half court or anything, but he has the look of someone who can get key, clutch hoops). 

Then again, if we have to hear that music ever again, maybe we should pass.

By: Class of '13 (50 posts) - 10/9/2011 9:34:18 PM

 FQ you were looking for Vucevic. Vujecic is the journeyman shooter who was on the lakers and now is on the nets (?)

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 10/9/2011 10:57:27 PM

RIght.  Thanks.

By: rocket (652 posts) - 10/10/2011 8:14:40 AM

Actually, FQ, you are thinking of USC's Nikola Vucevic who was selected in the 16th round by the 76ers. A strong rebounding, inside scorer.

By: Hatchet Man (552 posts) - 10/11/2011 4:43:20 PM

So what are we to make of no recruiting insider reporting a commitment.  Just guessing here: no commitment.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 10/11/2011 5:52:47 PM

That would be par for the course.

By: ziik the shirtmaker (812 posts) - 10/11/2011 7:17:48 PM

Or, the young man likes to travel, expecially on some other guy's dime. Hopefully, he'll visit every school that wants him, then find his way back to GWU.

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 10/11/2011 7:46:45 PM

Getting a commitment to a mid-major is often like selling a car - you really need to close the deal before the customer walks out the door.  That's not to say that he didn't commit or that he won't it's just that each day that goes by allows someone else to woo him.

By: Poog (3,875 posts) - 10/25/2011 6:12:22 PM

Word in the twitter world is that he will announce his college choice on Wednesday

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 10/25/2011 6:24:59 PM

I'll be disappointed if he doesn't sign with GW but not troubled. 

By: CBO (344 posts) - 10/25/2011 10:47:49 PM

Well I'll be troubled if you are disappointed Thinker

By: bobo (3,178 posts) - 11/2/2011 9:50:06 AM

Kyprianos Maragkos, 6-7, Power Forward, Panathinaikos, Greece, 1994

Coming into this event with a big reputation in his native country of Greece, power forward Kyprianos Maragkos looked eager to show himself here in this setting. He was one of the most aggressive players around.

Undersized for the power forward position at around 6-7, and not exceptionally athletic at this point, Maragkos gets by mostly on his smarts and competitiveness. He's capable of putting the ball on the deck, making the extra pass and posting up inside. He has nice footwork and touch in the paint as well as some nice patience for a player his age. He is also capable of stepping outside and knocking down a mid-range jumper. Defensively, Maragkos struggled at times. He has average strength and lateral quickness, but usually put up a good fight, and he did his best to crash the offensive glass as well.

He is widely considered to be the best U18 player in Greece. He was Greece’s leading scorer and rebounder in both the U16 and U18 championships. In addition, he is rated by almost all European scouting services as one of the top 10 U18 players in all of Europe (9th according to He is a very skilled player for his age and size. He has a 7'0" foot wing span and weighs 250lbs. He has good post moves around the basket and is a surprisingly good ball handler and passer; he is a very good mid-range shooter who can also step out and consistently make three point shots.

He will now focus on improving his already good (he currently has a 3.5 GPA and high SAT scores) academics and basketball skills.

By: Poog (3,875 posts) - 11/2/2011 10:17:19 AM

Hard to argue with GW's proximity to Washington, D.C.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/9/2011 5:39:22 PM

 <a href="" title="Head Coach William Ramsey and Kyprianos Paris Maragkos who ju... on Twitpic"><img 


By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/9/2011 5:40:28 PM

 Lets try this agin

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/9/2011 5:40:40 PM

 Lets try this agin

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/9/2011 5:42:10 PM

 Sorry maybe someone can explain how I add a picture

By: cagwu (645 posts) - 11/9/2011 5:55:16 PM


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/9/2011 8:35:04 PM

 Caption reads that he just signed with GW

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/10/2011 11:01:45 AM

Another picture of him signing.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/28/2011 10:28:59 AM

@rafjuc Rafał Juć
Kyprianos Maragkos ('94), who commited to George Washington had 17 pts, 9 rebs, 3 stls & 2 asts in his debut for Blue Ridge HS.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/28/2011 10:40:47 AM


By: DUB (2 posts) - 11/28/2011 6:09:15 PM

 i heard this kid plays overseas and is excellent but wow look at his acne in the Jordan Brand Interview 

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 11/28/2011 6:59:04 PM

By all means go ahead and make fun of a teenager's looks on a messageboard.

Acne almost always goes away.  Being a douche-bag generally doesn't.

By: ziik the shirtmaker (812 posts) - 11/28/2011 7:04:03 PM

Sometimes, FQ, you can be so cruel.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/3/2011 8:31:13 PM


By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/5/2011 8:51:11 PM


Kyprianos Maragkos ('94) had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists & 1 steal in Blue Ridge HS win over IMG Academy 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/5/2011 8:52:18 PM


Kyprianos Maragkos ('94) had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists & 1 steal in Blue Ridge HS win over IMG Academy 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/15/2011 9:53:05 AM

Blue Ridge now 4-0, pix/video of Paris in the links on this page

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/13/2012 9:23:34 AM

Scores 15 in a blowout win over FUMA.  Now 7-3.

Does anyone live near Charlottesville?  Next two games at home.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/16/2012 10:03:06 AM

18 points including two 3PTs, six boards and five assists in win over Middleburg Academy.

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 1/16/2012 12:15:21 PM

BM, thanks!!! The fact that Paris can drain 3's will help guys like Pellom and Smith in the middle. PLUS, he has a full arsenal of post moves. THANK GOD!

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/17/2012 9:56:07 AM

Game preview.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/17/2012 11:48:00 PM

Pic from Miller Game

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/25/2012 11:05:19 AM

Next game is vs national power Oak Hill on Friday.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/28/2012 9:59:32 AM

Oak Hill schools Blue Ridge.  Paris with nine points.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 2/4/2012 8:38:00 AM

 Eurohopes article on Maragkos  Link

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/8/2012 9:12:20 AM

Three wins after the Oak Hill loss to stand at 13-5 (?).  Paris looks to be averaging in the low double digits.

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 2/8/2012 12:50:26 PM

BM, how does the quality of competition he's playing against compare to, say, McDonald and Kethan?  (aside from Oak Hill - that's just one game).

By: (2/8/2012 1:04:13 PM)

Mixed.  Massanutten, Miller and, obviously, Oak Hill are top notch schools, but most of the rest are pretty small programs.  I don't think Blue Ridge's offense goes through the center much and Paris mostly has to fend for himself.  They are a pretty low scoring team.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/15/2012 9:56:30 AM

Paris went for 18 points, 12 boards and six blocks as Blue Ridge won at The Miller School with their Kansas-bound star Andrew White.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/15/2012 10:59:13 PM

Maragkos will apparently be playing in a tournament in the area this weekend.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/16/2012 9:32:41 AM

Links to some highlights of the Miller game including a nice drive and dunk by Paris.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/21/2012 3:14:15 PM

13 & 12 in game vs Princeton Day in teh DC area, presumably in front of a GW coach or two.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/24/2012 12:48:24 PM

Scores 14 in VIS semis win.  Final against Miller this Saturday.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2012 9:18:42 AM

Blue Ridge beats Miller for the third time this year to win the VIS championship.  Next up, VISAA championship where they could possibly meet WCAC or IAC teams.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2012 3:03:32 PM

Pres. Hoopfest eval from DMVElite.  There's a video link, but I couldn't get it to work...

Paris Maragkos 6'9 F/C 2012 (George Washington)- Paris is a quality big man who can play in and out.  He is comfortable with the ball in traffic, showing the ability to finish with contact and use up and under moves to get at the rim.  He can go to the high post and shoot the 15 footer, feed the post or dive to the basket. Defensively, he uses his large body to rebounds and block shots.  He does seem like he needs to work on his conditioning and ball handling.  Paris is a nice addition for GW and could contribute immediately.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/28/2012 10:50:23 AM

Miller game pix & video here.  They'll probably play Miller a fourth time in the VISAA playoffs.  Winner will probably get WCAC champ Paul VI in the semis.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 3/3/2012 8:25:14 AM

 Lost to Paul VI in state playoffs  


By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 3/3/2012 9:35:24 AM

 It seems he has not been getting the type of minutes and production he had earlier in the season. Hopefully its more a matter of the system at Blue Ridge and not something we should be concerned about.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/3/2012 4:41:25 PM

Game summary

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 3/11/2012 3:04:08 PM

 To follow up on my previous post regarding my concerns that Paris may not be all we hope he is. Here is the text of an email I got from VA Preps

He doesn't
appear to be 6-foot-9 like they had him listed in the program. I saw him
again in the state finals and he struggled playing less than half the game. 

Here's what I wrote

Blue Ridge Paris Maragkos (PF) 2012 - big 6-foot-9 power forward had 10
points but he did not score in the fourth quarter. Maragkos, who is headed
to George Washington University, has a powerful build and some nice
offensive moves around the basket using head fakes to create space down low.
He also shoots the ball confidently from outside the lane. Paris appeared
flat-footed at times and his four rebounds was a disappointment for the
biggest player on the court but he is a physical presence inside. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 4/2/2012 9:41:39 AM

Runs track too!   4X100 relay

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 4/2/2012 9:43:11 AM

Honor student of course.  We'll lead the A-10 in GPA if nothing else.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 4/4/2012 9:31:28 AM

ChristopheEPcom The two main Greek stars, Papapetrou (Texas) and Maragkos (George Washington) wont participate at the #AST2012 via @ChristosLazarou

AST2012 is the Albert Schweitzer Tournament, a pretty prestrgious U-18 event held in Germany.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 4/4/2012 9:37:56 AM

while his shot-put output is frankly terrible for a guy his size, his 100 meter time has to be considered pretty darn fast (somewhere in the 11.4 - 11.7 range if you break-down the 4X100 splits) for a guy who is 6'9!

OBSCURE and great find BM!

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 4/4/2012 1:07:23 PM

herve, GW may have one of the fastest teams around. Maybe we can play him in his 5th year at TE?

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 4/23/2012 8:19:29 AM

If you are 6'9 and weigh 245 to 250 and have this sort of speed, AND, you have moves around the basket AND you played international ball, it isn't a bad thing. Remember that Paris is here at Foggy Bottom, already (signed). What's more, this is a very smart kid. What's more, we have a big who can stretch the D with his shot.

I repeat this, what GW is doing is building a very fast team. We also have a deep team. If I had to look back at last season and think of a game that hurt Lonergan to the core, it might have been the Loyola game at home. We should have crushed them and we didn't have it together that night. If we had the "end of the season" David Pellom or the Dwayne Smith, we may have prevailed, but we had some really out-of-control play from the guards and small forwards.

Paris is so long and coordinated that he will be a tough matchup for any 6 foot 6 guy when he gets the ball down low.  I think that McDonald and Savage along with Garino will not lose track of where they are in a game and feed the post and finish the deal. About half way through the Loyola game, we had them in tremendous foul trouble, though we trailed. Our guards just commited turnover after turnover, doing nothing.

Having a guy like Paris in the paint, will help the 4 like Pellom and Kopriva and even Smith find some space to operate. Teams will have to double down on Paris--especially the Loyolas of the world, so look for easy twos off dishes from Paris next season AND nice kick outs to the perimeter for the trey. No knock on Edwards, but he just wasn't going to draw a double.

Finally, Paris' shots are part of the regular Lonergan offensive sets. Think back, we had to run a different offense to get the ball to Joseph Katuka. If you played GW twice during the Hobbs era, you knew where it was going, just by the offense being run.

With all the love about Larsen, I say, don't forget Paris.

By: MG (48 posts) - 4/23/2012 10:35:01 AM

If Paris plays the 4, there is no way he will be posting up against guys who are 6'6. Almost all D1 teams have the 4 guard being around 6'8 

By: Guy (121 posts) - 4/23/2012 11:26:03 AM

 How do you know he's coordinated? He didnt put up good numbers in high school. He is easily the biggest "wait and see" type player because there's little on paper right now that suggests he will be anything more than an ok role player. 

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 4/23/2012 11:37:00 AM

I was concerned about him being Matic Debevic Part II, but the more I read and the more I've learned about who was scouting him, I realized we've scored a real dark-horse. He's a very good passer, fairly quick, can dribble, has a very high bball IQ and can hit the mid-range jumper....and that's ALL without one drop of college practive or coaching under his belt.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 4/23/2012 11:45:56 AM


Happy to see him develop for a year behind Armwood and Pelom at PF as long as we score Larsen to anchor the post.

By: Dolphin Michael (2,188 posts) - 4/23/2012 3:56:28 PM

Guy, some guys only score when the team needs a basket. Remember who got the rock in the 05/06 season at GW when it counted. Williams was the trigger man and also the guy who would take it down the lane for 2 and one more. I have watched extended game film and he isn't a dog, by any means. He has very decent footwork and a nice long wingspan. At 245, he can clear the paint.

Dude, remember how you guys were doubting me about Garino, and then some of you watched him play. As Herve said, he has very good speed. Plus, this guy can play offense. Coaching is important. Look at how Pellom raised his scoring average with Lonergan on the bench.

Finally, loads of top teams will play with a guy at 6'8 and 250 at the 5. We will play loads of teams next season where the 5 that we face is 220 or lighter. weight is very important in the paint. That and speed and being a quick jumper. Garino blocked at least one and maybe 2 Carrera attempts a couple of weeks ago.

Face it, this is a very good class and, if we get Larsen,  even better. Lonergan has already said that he expects that two freshmen will start along with Armwood.  There is going to be a battle to get playing time. No free pass, now.

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 4/23/2012 4:14:13 PM

So Omar was THE guy who scored when the team needed a bucket?  Maybe against Duke and a handful of games down the stretch (with Pops injured), but not at all on a regular basis in 2005-06.  If the team needed a two in general, JR was the guy.  If the the team needed a clutch bucket, it was definitely Mike Hall with an honorable mention to Carl Elliott.  If the team needed "instant offense", it was Maureece Rice.

What I often said about the 2004-06 teams is that their greatest asset was their balance on offense.  Defenses couldn't bother trying to shut down 1 or 2 guys because the team would always have 4-5 guys on the floor who were capable weapons.  If this recruiting class shapes up to be what all of us are hoping for, this may mark the first time since those teams where that level of comparison can realistically be made.

By: NewGWFan (510 posts) - 4/11/2014 8:56:28 AM

He's visiting Hofstra

By: pops (505 posts) - 4/11/2014 9:39:36 AM

hofstra could be a good fit for paris.  i just read thru all of the posts here. it goes to show you they don't always work out.  just seems like paris never could get a handle on his defensive asignments and didn't have the instincts or discipline to rebound against better athletes.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/3/2015 11:58:27 AM

I missed this over the summer, but Paris played for the Greece U20 team in the FIBA U20 tournament, going 8 & 4 over 9 games.  Greece came in 6th.


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