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Interview with George Mason commit Jonathan Arledge
Friday, 23 October 2009

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Last month George Mason received a commitment from Jonathan Arledge out of KIMA in Washington, DC.  We had the chance to catch up with Jonathan to discuss his commitment.

Recruit Recon: How did Coach Laranaga make George Mason seem like the right place for you to continue your basketball career? 

Jonathan Arledge: Really by making it feel like a family, a place where I can call home.  I have faith in Coach Laranaga and myself, to get my skills up to that next level.

Recruit Recon: Did you take an official or unofficial visit to the campus?

Jonathan Arledge: I took both.

Recruit Recon: What did you do on your visits?

Jonathan Arledge: Well got to meet all the players and coaching staff.  I met Coach L's wife, she's a nice lady.  We went on a tour around the campus and I watched one of their workouts with the players.  We went out to eat and I hung out with the team when we wasn't doing anything.

Recruit Recon: Did you visit any other schools?

Jonathan Arledge: No I didn't visit any other schools officially.

Recruit Recon:  Did you take any unofficial visits?

Jonathan Arledge: Fairfield, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Temple and VCU
Recruit Recon: When it came down to your final decision what other schools were you considering before committing to George Mason?

Jonathan Arledge: Georgetown and Temple.
Recruit Recon: What were the deciding factors as to why you committed to George Mason over these other schools?

Jonathan Arledge: I felt more comfortable with Mason then I did with all the other schools and also my mom loved them to so that played a factor into it also.

Recruit Recon: What schools did you have offers from other than George Mason?

Jonathan Arledge: Fairfield, Temple, Siena, Tulane, Xavier, Providence, VCU, Penn State and Drexel.  I think thats it.

Recruit Recon: What are the strengths of your game? 

Jonathan Arledge: I feel I am an all-around player.  I don't just excel at one thing, I have tried and continue to strive to be great at many aspects of the game, whether it's rebounding, passing, ball handling, defense or shooting.  I take steps daily to progress and become a complete player.  I am a gym rat so you can always find me in there 5 to 6 days a week.

Recruit Recon: What areas of your game do you need to work on the most?    

Jonathan Arledge: I believe I can always use work on everything I'm my worst critic, so I would like for me to improve in every area.  But if i had to chose one thing, it would be my defense, you can never be good enough at that.

Recruit Recon: What was the best game you have ever played in your basketball career, at any level?

Jonathan Arledge: I would have to say my very first game against DeMatha, when I had 26pts, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Recruit Recon: What NBA player, past or present, does your game most resemble?

Jonathan Arledge: I believe my game most resembles Jeff Green, because when he was at Georgetown he would post the smaller players up and then take the bigger player outside and take them off the dribble.

Recruit Recon:  Who has had the greatest influence on your basketball career?

Jonathan Arledge: The people who has ever doubted me and said I wouldn't go anywhere, as far as playing basketball, are my greatest influence.

Recruit Recon:
Who is best player you’ve had to guard?

Jonathan Arledge:  The best player I had to guard has to be Mouphtaou Yarou (Villanova).

Recruit Recon: How did you do with that match up?

Jonathan Arledge:  I did pretty well.  Since he was so much bigger then me and stronger at the time, I would either face him up or bring him out to the perimeter.  I came out of the game with a hard fought 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks.   I love playing against better competition because that will only get me better.

Recruit Recon: Do you know what you are going to major in at George Mason?

Jonathan Arledge:
I plan on majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Management.

Recruit Recon: Thank you for your time, and good luck next season.

Jonathan Arledge: No problem anytime.

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