Help on the way for GW

The Colonials gained a transfer over the winter break and Coach Tom Penders said Monday that he’s gained two verbal commitments from guards.

Attila Cosby, who hails from D.C., has transferred from the University of New Mexico, where he transferred to from the University of Pittsburgh. Cosby is a 6-9, 225-pound center/forward who played one year at DeMatha High School outside of Washington, and finished his prep career at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.

Cosby never played at New Mexico, but in two years at Pitt, he averaged 8.8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game (96 total blocks).

Cosby said Monday after practice that he came to GW because of the good things he had heard about Penders, the friends he had on the team, and the good environment it provided for attaining his goals of getting his degree and making the NBA. He wanted to come back to D.C. not to get away from New Mexico but to get to where he could care for his family, his grandparents and his girlfriend.

It’s a good comfortable environment, he said. I thought I would be more comfortable at home. My mind is clear.

Cosby is now practicing with the team but will not become eligible until December, when he will have three semesters of eligibility. He joins already-signed forward Shawn Davis from Memphis, Tenn. as much-needed help for GW’s frontcourt next year.

With two scholarships filled, that leaves up to two remaining. One is for certain and one more is expected if Patrick Ngongba’s GW career is indeed over, and, as of right now, it is. That will not be known for sure until May. The next signing period for recruits is in April.

We do have two kids who’ve told us that we’re their first choice and they want to come here, said Penders. And we’re working hard to wrap that up.

-David Holt

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