George Mason Men’s Basketball Adds Four to Roster
First-year head George Mason basketball coach Dave Paulsen announced the addition of four newcomers to the Patriots roster this fall. Joining the Patriots this season will be DeAndre Abram (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview High School), Danny Dixon (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Grosse Point South High School), Otis Livingston II (Linden, N.J./Linden High School) and Kameron Murrell (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly High School).
“We’re really excited about these four individuals who comprise our first recruiting class,” commented Paulsen. “It was very important to me that we sign young men of the highest character who had distinguished themselves academically as well as athletically. I couldn’t be happier with this group in that regard and I know that they will be great representatives of Mason both on and off the court.
“We also addressed some specific needs for our team with some excellent ball handlers and shooters and an additional ‘big’ who can give us added depth up front,” Paulsen noted. “I am excited to work with Kam, Otis, DeAndre and Danny as we begin in earnest our quest for the A-10 Championships.”
DeAndre Abram (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview High School)
The 2015 District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year, Abram was also tabbed All-Region 2-5A and Team MVP after helping lead Creekview to its first playoff win in 12 years after averaging 16.9 points per game. A 6’7” guard, the Texas native scored a career-high 29 points in December against McKinney and less than a month later hit two triples, including the game-winner at the buzzer, to defeat crosstown rival Carrollton Newman Smith. A team captain his junior season, Abram was named First Team All-District 10-4A and Co-MVP. Twice-named the Student of the Week at Creekview, Abram also earned the Crimson Honor for Junior Representative for PTSA twice.
Danny Dixon (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Grosse Pointe South)
A multi-sport athlete at Grosse Pointe South High School, Dixon, a 6’10” forward, averaged 19.0 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game and 4.0 blocks per game in 2014. The Michigan native shot 56.0 percent from the field and 72.0 percent at the free throw line. In 2014, Dixon was named to the Recreational Debut All-Tournament Team, Detroit Free Press All-East First Team and was a McDonalds All-American nominee. Voted the 2014 Most Valuable Player at Grosse Pointe South HS, Dixon also earned 2013 Best Defensive Player at Grosse Pointe South. Dixon also excelled in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and earned a spot on the All-Conference Academic Team in 2014. Dixon attended the IMG Academy Post Graduate program last season where he averaged 9.0 points per game and 8.0 assists per game, posting highs of 19 points versus Montverde Post Grad and 12 rebounds versus Impact Academy.
Otis Livingston II (Linden, N.J./Linden High School)
After averaging 17.0 points per game, 7.0 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game as a senior captain, Livingston was recognized as the 2015 Home News Tribune Player of the Year and First Team All-State in addition to First Team All-Union County and Second Team All-Metro. Livingston, a 5’11” guard, recorded season-highs of 36 points, 15 assists, 11 rebounds and eight steals his senior season and was named NJ Player of the Week during the season leading to a Union County Championship. As a junior, Livingston averaged 11.0 points per game and 5.0 assists per game, recording season-bests of 28 points, 12 assists and eight steals while helping the Tigers to a state title. In 2014, Livingston was tabbed Second Team All-State, Second Team All-County and Honorable Mention All-Metro. A member of the National Honor Society, Livingston also earned the New Jersey Connecticut Bridgeport Classic Scholar Athlete Award in 2015.
Kameron Murrell (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly)
A 6’2” guard and member of the 2015 Prep School National Championship Runner-Up squad, Murrell shot 66.0 percent from three-point range and averaged 16.0 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game last season. Prior to attending IMG Academy this year, Murrell helped Long Beach Poly High School to a 2014 CIF SS Championship and 2011 CIF State Championship. Murrelll earned several accolades at Long Beach Poly including First Team All-Freshman, First Team All-Moore League, First Team All-CIF and First Team All-Defense. In 2014, Murrell averaged 16.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.3 spg and 2.0 rpg.
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