Shawnee’s George Mangas, a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection and one of the finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award this season, has announced he is committing to Fairmont State University.
Mangas revealed his college destination on Saturday and posted a statement about his decision on his Instagram account.
In that statement, he said, “First off I would like to thank God for giving me the chance to continue in my basketball career. I want to thank my mom and dad because they have had my back since day 1. I would also like to thank my family and friends that have supported me through this process
“I appreciate all the advice and coaching I have received from Coach (Mark) Triplett and Coach (Nick) Bertke. I also would like to thank Coach Koenig and Coach Baab for giving me this opportunity. I am truly blessed and excited to say that I will be committing to Fairmont State. I am excited and ready to go with my new teammates and start a new chapter in my life. Go Falcons.”
Tim Koenig is Fairmont State’s head coach and Tim Baab is one of the Falcons’ assistants.
Fairmont State is an NCAA Division II school located in Fairmont, W. Va., a city with a population of approximately 18,700. Fairmont State University has an enrollment of around 3,500. Its teams play in the Mountain East Conference.
Mangas averaged more than 30 points a game as a junior and senior at Shawnee and scored 2,080 points in his career.
The 6-foot, 4-inch forward hit more than 60 percent of his field goal attempts in each of the last three seasons. Mangas averaged 31.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals this season while shooting 65 percent on field goals and 80 percent on free throws.
Last season, when he was the Division II state Player of the Year, he averaged 30.4 points a game and shot 69 percent on field goals. As a sophomore, he scored 18.1 points a game and shot 61 percent from the field. Shawnee had a combined record of 74-5 the last three seasons. It was a Division II state semifinalist this year, was undefeated and in the regional semifinals last season when the tournament was halted, and was regional runner-up in 2019.
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