Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice USA Today article on Maurice Joseph

This is cool -- USA Today has a profile of Coach Mojo, talking about hitting the ground running after being named interim head coach a day before practice started. In this case, it was literally, he immediately went to East Lansing, Michigan to meet with his mentor and former coach, Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

Mojo played for Izzo (see above) before transferring to Vermont, and he got a lot of advice from him before the season.

The good guys are currently 13-12 and 5-7 in conference, though that was almost 6-6 with a near-win over VCU. Nice to see this article, and nice to be in the news lately for something other than that painful game.

Photo from the AP via the USA Today article

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Want some cool GW hats? Lids and the GW Bookstore have some awesome ones

The other day I was goofing around online and spotted some cool GW caps from Lids -- I didn't know they carried them. That got me browsing more and I found a few nice designs on other sites like the GW Athletics Department's official store. (The GW Bookstore seems to carry the same ones as the department.)

They're also not too expensive, and some of the ones on Lids are on sale.

There's some cool designs on both sites -- any other places you'd suggest to find GW hats or other gear?

Friday, December 16, 2016

GW runs past UCF 74-59 behind 27 from Roland; highlight and top play videos

It was a good night in Foggy Bottom: GW handled UCF ably, going up by 24 at one point to win it 74-59 and improve to 8-4. Sophomore guard Jordan Roland scored a quiet 27 points, more than any other Colonial this year, and Tyler Cavanaugh added 19.

The good guys hit 12 three pointers on 40% shooting from three and limited 7'6" Tacko Fall to 16 points and 7 boards. The team played hard, got a lot of nice steals and disrupted the Knights' game, especially limiting the ball going in to Fall. They also played smart, turning it over only 6 times.

UCF was 7-2 going into the game and in the top 70 in RPI.

GW has a couple of nice videos from the game: the top plays, including some monster dunks, and highlights from the game. Check them out.

And here's the GWSports recap.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

GW faces 7'6" Tacko Fall from UCF this Thursday

If you want to see something extraordinary, get to the Smith Center on Thursday: GW faces the University of Central Florida and their 7'6" center Tacko Fall.

Fall, who was previously recruited by GW, is a sophomore averaging 13.8 points and an absurd 13.1 rebounds, plus 23 blocks over 9 games. And he's only their third leading scorer. (However, starting PG BJ Taylor will be out for the game and most of the OOC season, so that at least helps GW a bit.)

Last year GW played UCF and Kevin Larsen and the other Colonial big men were able to use their speed against then-freshman Fall, but he seems to have improved greatly over the offseason.

Here's some video of Fall in action. Dang. It will be an interesting matchup, for sure.

 And he apparently eats 7600 calories a day.

Friday, December 9, 2016

In case you missed it: awesome interview with Tyler Cavanaugh

This is from before the season but pretty rad: Tyler Cavanaugh, GW's star big man, had a series of interviews with Politico reporter and GW alum Jake Sherman. Good stuff.

Cavanaugh is having a big season, 17.3 points per game, 7.2 board and 2.6 assists, and he had 20 in the big win over Temple.

The good guys next host Howard on Saturday at 4pm.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fan bus to Temple game on Dec. 7: last call to RSVP!

If you want to go to Philly to check out the Temple game, here's an easy way to do it!
Dear Season Ticket Holders, 

On Wednesday, December 7th, the Colonials will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls. As part of their membership, Colonials Club members were invited to join us for a fan-bus trip to the game and pregame tailgate. We have a limited number of seats left that I am offering to season ticket holders on a first come, first serve basis-- this is the last call to secure your seat on the bus!

The cost to join in on the fan bus fun for season ticket holders (non-club members) is $60.00. The $60 includes your transportation to and from Philadelphia, pre-game tailgate (beer, wine and food included), and game ticket.    Important details:2:00 pmBus departs from Smith Center5:00 pm: Pregame reception at Pub Webb (near campus)7:00 pm: Tip off11:30 pm (ish): Bus returns to Smith Center

If you are interested in joining us on Wednesday, please e
mail or call me directly at (202) 994-6771 

Raise High,Nicole
I believe there is a student bus too? Will update if I hear about it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Awesome: outtakes from the players' jumbotron videos

Good stuff: the team was recording the videos for the jumbotron, those little segments like holiday greetings and brief interviews. And GW put out the outtakes: dancing, funny songs, and more. Good stuff.

Excited for the season to start? The first exhibition game is Nov. 5! Full schedule here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

GW hires Maurice Joseph, no transfers so far (so that's good)

Hey! Basketball season is almost here, and I'm a bit busy these days. (Related: if anybody wants to help write for this site, please email me: colonial hoops(at)

So, first the big news: after Coach Lonergan was fired, the school spent a few agonizing days before announcing that assistant coach Maurice Joseph would be promoted to interim head coach. This was a bit of a surprised, as Hajj Turner was the associate head coach and Carmen Maciariello was also a senior assistant with the team. All three were interviewed, according to the Post.

The common thought is that Joseph was very popular with the players, and he seems to have been a good pick, insofar as nobody has transferred out yet, something that a lot of fans feared.

It remains to be see how Joseph is as a coach, recruiter, and such (some on GWHoops worry he isn't an Xs and Os guy) but I'm pretty happy with the choice and looking forward to the season.

Joseph, who is 31, played under Lonergan at Vermont for two years and has been an assistant under him since he came to GW in 2011. Before Vermont he played at Michigan State under Tom Izzo. Here's more about him from GW:
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Joseph began his collegiate playing career at Michigan State in 2005 where he helped the Spartans make two NCAA Tournament appearances. He transferred to the University of Vermont in 2007 and led the Catamounts to 24 wins in 2009 and 25 wins in 2010, including an America East Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. That season, Joseph was the team's second-leading scorer (13.9 ppg) while shooting a career-best .374 (77-206) from three-point range. He also ranked second in the America East in free throw percentage (.848) in 2009-10. Joseph also had a decorated prep career at Champlain-St. Lambert in Montreal, where as a senior in 2005, he was named Canada's National Player of the Year.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Washington Post reports Coach Lonergan verbally abuses players, athletic director

Updated: original post below

July 22: ESPN reports GW is bringing in outside counsel.

Mo Creek went on the Sports Junkies defending Lonergan.

July 21, 10am: Lonergan released an email statement to Mid Major Madness:
"I will not respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations. These types of accusations have already been investigated by the University and found to be groundless. Those who know me know that I conduct myself and run my program with integrity. I have a long record of graduating student-athletes who go on to be successful in life. I am proud of my student-athletes’ success on the court and in the classroom, and I am focused on preparing for the upcoming season."
1:30pm: Patricio Garino tweeted in support of the coach:

Original post:

Wow, this is a big one. The Post has an article quoting anonymous players and GW basketball sources that head coach Mike Lonergan verbally abused players and athletic director Patrick Nero. Among other things, Lonergan is alleged to have told one player his son would always be on food stamps, and that other should be playing in a "transgender league"

He also allegedly told players that AD Nero was obsessed with them, wanted to watch practice takes so he could masturbate to them, and had sexual relations with one players. One of the anonymous players said the coach would constantly rant about Nero. A Title IX expert called some of the allegations sexual harassment.

The article has a lot of damning allegations, including university Title IX coordinator Rory Muhammad telling one player the issue had been handled when he came to complain.

It also says that multiple players transferred because of the abuse. One event attended therapy and considered quitting basketball.

This is all anonymous, but the Post reports that they do have emails from players with the complaints they submitted. Lonergan, Muhammad and the university have not commented.

On social media, former player Isaiah Armwood called the allegations "100% bullshit" but also said players were soft -- which to me, means he isn't denying it happened, just that players should have been able to handle it.

I've heard in the past that Lonergan was very hard on players, but I didn't hear it was things like this. Complaining about the AD, alleging he masturbates to players, and insulting the players so severely is completely absurd and should never happen. It's one thing to be tough on players. It's another to insult them, cause them to seek counseling, and sexually harass them and the athletic director.

If these allegations are true, I think Lonergan should be fired. And if players complained about this and nothing was done, which seems to be the case, someone else should be fired.

Maggie Lonergan, the coach's wife daughter, tweeted a bible verse although that may be unrelated, don't know for sure.
Here's some of Zeek's tweets on the issue. Other current and former players have been quiet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

After some transfers, what is GW looking for? And what scholarships are available?

Lately we've heard that Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan are both transferring: too bad, though not altogether unexpected in that both might get more playing time elsewhere. I would have loved to have seen them around longer, but what can you do? Transferring is hardly rare in NCAA basketball.

However, that means there are a few gaps, and GW has some opportunities (and some scholarships to fill.) To see what's available, check out this great spreadsheet shared originally by GWHoops poster BM -- it's got updated scholarships and availabilities for all the teams in the A-10.

For GW, that looks like two open scholarships for the 2016-17 year, and then three in 2017-18. With the transfer of a guard and a forward, presumably GW is looking for similar replacements. However, the good guys lost two forwards, Kevin Larsen and Pato Garino to graduation, so maybe they'll be looking for more help up front?

Over at GWHoops, poster Baccas92 heard at a donor banquet that the team expects a visit from a 6'7" forward who is immediately eligible -- and looking through some prospects, my guess is that means Patrick Steeves from Harvard. I had heard a rumor about him a bit ago too, so that matches up nicely. Steeves scored 9 points per game on 45.8% shooting from three last year, which sounds awesome.

As for the other spot -- good question. Baccas said the team was looking for another grad transfer, but maybe a freshman would be more likely. Some GWHoopsters suggested Isaac Vann from Maine, with 16 points and almost 6 boards a game, but he committed to VCU. Sam Cassell Jr. is an immediately eligible transfer too, but I haven't heard much buzz about him.

We'll see!
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