During the home game of the year against St. Bonaventure, we noticed a new face on the bench alongside Daniel Relvao.
He wasn’t a new manager, he was in Mason sweats. A few fans did some quick internet searching and found out there was a new guy on the team and his name was Andre Ahiagbede.
The 6-1, 155 lb combo guard from Centreville, VA Andre is the latest player to join Dave Paulsen’s program. He attended Wakefield School in The Plains, VA where he had a great senior season. He helped the Wakefield Owls get to the state semi-finals in their division, finishing his senior season 26-6. Andre averaged 9 points, 4 assists and 2 steals and rebounds per game. Although that may not sound attractive to some; he can shoot from the outside, has decent ball handling and knows when to pass the ball off — he isn’t a selfish player. Outside of school, Andre also participated in the AAU circuit playing for East Coast Fusion B and Hokie Elite teams.
According to Andre, he tried out earlier last year and was called up over winter break, “I had a meeting with coach and I was told that I could be a walk on if everything else went right” After Patrick Holloway left the program, the issue of depth became a bigger one. Andre, similar in size and weight to Holloway, could serve as a possible replacement or patch to that void. Walk-ons have played a bigger role during Paulsen’s first season in Fairfax with Myles Tate getting some playing time in nine games. Andre could see some playing time especially as A-10 play moves forward and depth becomes more of an issue.
Andre will wear #21 this season and is majoring in Management in George Mason’s School of Business as a Freshman (Class of 2019).