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BYU basketball: Cougars get commitment from JUCO prospect Gideon George

George soaked in the atmosphere of BYU’s win over Gonzaga and announced Monday night on Twitter his intention to sign with the Cougars

Brigham Young University basketball head coach Mark Pope speaks a press conference convened to introduce his new assistant coaches at the Marriott Center Annex in Provo on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Brigham Young University basketball head coach Mark Pope speaks a press conference convened to introduce his new assistant coaches at the Marriott Center Annex in Provo on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

PROVO — Recruits tend to react well to big wins, which may explain Gideon George’s decision to commit to BYU.

George is a 6-foot-6 native Nigerian, who plays for New Mexico Junior College. He is averaging 14.3 points per game for the Thunderbirds this season, along with eight rebounds a game, while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range.

George holds offers from both Weber State and from Kent State, according to 24/7 Sports, and has been pursued by the Cougar coaching staff starting this past summer.

BYU coaches hope George, who is originally from Minna, Nigeria, can fill some of the void left that will be left by the graduation of swingmen such as Jake Toolson and Zac Seljaas.