CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington coach Rick Greene lost a Division I recruit to graduation and now another has landed on his doorstep.
Jon Elmore, a former standout at South Charleston High School, enrolled at GW a week before boys basketball practice started Nov. 18.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Elmore, who was a two-year starter at SC, attended Christ School, an all-boys prep school in Arden, N.C., last year and signed with Virginia Military Institute last month. Elmore's older brother, Ot, also a former standout at SC, is taking a redshirt year at VMI. Their father is Gay Elmore, a former all-state player at SC and local attorney whose jersey was retired by VMI.
"He's always lived in our district,'' said Greene of Jon Elmore. "When he came back in we were considered his home school. It really helps. He's going to help any team.''
Jon Elmore, a potential all-state guard, was SC's second-leading scorer as a sophomore at 13.7 points per game. He averaged 10.1 points as a freshman for the Black Eagles.
GW guard Luke Eddy, who is playing at Elon, was runner-up for the state player of year award and led the Kanawha Valley in scoring at 26.2 points per game last season. The Patriots finished 18-5 and were upset in the sectional by Riverside.
"We had kind of a void a little bit what Luke had done for us for years,'' Greene said. "It's actually a perfect fit. [Elmore's] skill sets are what we needed. I've known him since I don't know. He's just as good a kid and student. Things have really fell in line for him. I'm really happy for him.''
Elmore is the second high-profile athlete to leave SC and end up at GW. Jon Alexander was a two-time 1,000-yard passer at SC who started the first five games for the Black Eagles in 2012 before leaving for Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Virginia. Alexander returned to the Kanawha Valley this year and started under center for GW, leading the Patriots to the Class AAA quarterfinals before falling 17-13 at No. 1 Huntington last weekend.
Greene returns three starters in Alex Lewis, who missed time last year after breaking his arm, Chris Kay and Dominik King.
"Even if Jon hadn't come back they were going to be fun to coach,'' said Greene. "Jon just makes us that much better. He seems to be really happy and has fit in extremely well. He's been a great teammate.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.