A Mount Vernon basketball standout is taking his talents to Virginia after signing his National Letter of Intent to play ball for George Mason University next year.
Surrounded by friends, family, former coaches and teammates, Jason Douglas-Stanley ended his recruitment and made it official that he’ll be playing for coach Dave Paulsen and the Patriots.
During his three years playing for the Knights, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard has averaged 20 points, five assists and three rebounds per game. He also led Mount Vernon to a state championship last year.
Douglas-Stanley said that he chose George Mason because he “felt it was the best situation for him on and off the court.” He added that he believes he can slot in right away and lead the team as a top scoring option.
“This was unbelievable,” he said when signing his letter. “I just want to thank everyone for coming out and offering me so much love and support.”
Longtime Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said that sending his star guard off to a Division I program ranked right up there with the magical 2017 championship run.
“This is a very special day for all of us,” he said. “It’s right up here with winning the state championship, when you have one of your players be so successful.
“This is the one time I say that it’s okay to see your mother cry in the community room of Mount Vernon High School, when you earn a scholarship.”
Mount Vernon Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton - who recently had his contract extended - said that this is just the latest instance that shows the school district is one on the rise.
“Each time one of our students is acknowledged in the way that Jason is, it is an affirmation about a couple of things,” he said. “One is that our mission to make sure we are reaching children on a one on one basis and connect them to the kinds of supports and services they need in order to reach their full potential. It confirms that for me.
“The other thing that it does is it gives us hope. Not everyone is going to be in Jason’s position, but what does it say that through hard work and dedication and consistency and making choices that are aligned with the fiber of who you are and what you represent as a family unit and how you not stray so far away from the structure that your parents have established for you, because at the end of the day, all parents want their kids to be successful.”
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