POTOMAC – St. Andrew’s Episcopal School senior basketball standout George Muresan was searching for a college program that offered his major and one that wasn’t too far away from his Montgomery County home.
When Georgetown University offered a preferred walk-on opportunity for the 6-foot-9 forward, Muresan, who plans to major in pre-med, was sold.
The teenager said he is “very, very excited” to become part of the Georgetown basketball program.
“They were very interested in having someone with the skill set of George who could come in and help their program,” said St. Andrew’s head coach Kevin Jones.
If the name sounds familiar it’s because Muresan is the son of former 7-foot-7 NBA center Gheorghe Muresan who enjoyed a seven-year stint with the Washington Bullets.
A native of Romania, the elder Muresan was selected by Washington in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft. He was the draft’s 30th overall selection that year. Besides his on-screen work in commercials, Gheorghe also appeared in the 1998 feature film “My Giant” starring Billy Crystal and had a role in rapper Eminem’s video “My Name Is.”
The former NBA player has also given back to the local community by starting up a basketball program dedicated to teaching the proper fundamentals to boys and girls of all ages.
George said he admires what his father has done over the years and considers him to be a role model.
“He’s been great,” said the St. Andrew’s senior. “He’s somebody that I really look up to. He came to America and tried to soak up everything. I’m trying to soak up all the knowledge that he has.”
Maryland and Syracuse also offered walk-on roster spots but Muresan felt that Georgetown was a better fit.
“Georgetown’s like 30 minutes away from my home,” said Muresan, a three-year varsity performer and two-year starter at St. Andrew’s.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher education in the United States. The men’s basketball program is nationally renowned and the school’s alumni have achieved success in a variety of different fields.
“George and his family were looking for a very high academic institution,” said Jones. “Georgetown provided the academics for the pre-med program that he wanted to go into and be a part of the basketball program with Coach Thompson.”
Over the past three years, Muresan has helped St. Andrew’s emerge into one of the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC).
During his junior campaign, Muresan helped the Lions capture the program’s first-ever conference championship in school history.
This past season, Muresan averaged eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots per game to help lead St. Andrew’s to an overall 15-10 record including a 7-5 mark in the MAC.
Besides his outstanding work on the hardwood, Muresan has also been a model student in the classroom. An honor roll student, the senior has taken multiple Advanced Placement courses to help prepare him for college.
“George has been a leader in our program,” said Jones. “Younger players have followed his lead. “He’s the prime example of a student-athlete. I’m very happy for the situation he’s about to walk into.”