Reana Mohamed just wanted to make sure, get affirmation that what she felt in July hadn’t changed.
A few minutes into her official visit to George Mason over the weekend, The Mary Louis Academy senior knew where she wanted to play college basketball.
On Saturday morning, the 5-foot-9 wing from Laurelton, Queens made it official, verbally committing to George Mason. One of the top girls basketball players in New York City, Mohamed made the announcement on MSG Varsity’s Monday night SportsDesk.
“I liked the vibe of the staff and the players I met,” Mohamed said. “They were very welcoming, they wanted me there.”
Mohamed, who averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a junior, said she felt the same thing on an unofficial visit in July, shortly after George Mason coach Jeri Porter made an offer.
“I knew George Mason was for me,” she said. “I felt like I belonged there.”
While she also drew interest from Stony Brook, FDU, Bucknell, Virginia Commonwealth and Northeastern, George Mason was the first to show interest and that never wavered. Mohamed said she also liked that she wasn’t pressured into making a decision.
“They showed loyalty toward me and stuck by me during the whole recruiting process,” Mohamed said. “They gave me time to make my decision. They wanted me there.”
Mohamed said she was recruited as a combo guard, something she was excited about because that’s what she plays with her Positive Direction AAU team. She also liked what she saw from the Patriots practice on her official visit.
“It feels great, I’m excited to see what the future holds,” she said. “I think I’m going to be pretty successful there. They play up-tempo, active, a lot of talking, which is similar to what I’ve played in AAU with Positive Direction and with Mary Louis.”
As a freshman at The Mary Louis Academy, Mohamed was supposed to play on the junior varsity level. But she was immediately called up to the varsity by coach Joe Lewinger after an injury to forward Andrea Busch.
“She’s very mature, very respectful and I knew she was going to be able to handle being part of the varsity program,” Lewinger said. “She was so athletic, even as freshman, and that helped her adapt to the speed of the game.”
Lewinger said Mohamed has made a steady improvement in her first three years and has transformed her game entering her senior year.
“He jump shot has improved and she can catch and shoot more,” he said. “She’s not someone who needs to always take it to basket.”
Mohamed said she’s also added a pull-up jumper to her repertoire to keep defenders honest and to avoid getting called for charges.
While Mohamed’s skills on the basketball court are evident, Lewinger said George Mason is also getting a quality student and person. She’s as well rounded off the court as she is on it.
“She’s a very good student, a person who volunteers,” Lewinger said. “She knows how to vary herself. Her basketball game correlates to how she is in life.”
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