Friday, March 15, 2019

Entire coaching staff fired, national search to start

Big news, though to me not unexpected. The university emailed today to say the entire coaching staff has been let go, and there will be a national search for the next coach.

I really like Maurice Joseph, but he's 24-42 over three seasons including 9-24 this year and 4-14 in conference. I also like that there will be a national search and that they want GW to make the tournament regularly. Good luck to Coach Joseph and his staff, and thank you.

ESPN has a story about it too. Here's the statement on the site, plus an email from Athletic Director Tanya Vogel. 

WASHINGTON — George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel announced today that Maurice Joseph will not return as head coach of the men's basketball program.

In three seasons, Joseph compiled a 44-57 record, including 9-24 in 2018-19. GW saw its season end on Thursday with a loss in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"This is a difficult day because Maurice has led this program with high integrity and has always been a great representative of George Washington University. He has been a part of our staff for eight seasons, earning a degree and meeting his wife, Kristen, a fellow GW graduate here. We hope they will always feel like a part of our family."

"This decision was necessary because we are not reaching our full potential on the court. Our university leadership and I have high expectations for what this program can achieve in the near future. We will move forward with a national search for our new head coach who will help us get back to competing for Atlantic 10 Championships and being in the conversation for NCAA bids on a regular basis."
And the email:
Good morning,  I want to alert you to some news regarding our men’s basketball program. Earlier today, I informed our men’s basketball coaching staff that I am making a change and they will not be returning. This is a challenging day here in Foggy Bottom, as these men have dedicated many years of their lives to GW and our men’s basketball program. I am grateful for their commitment and their service to our young men. I wish Coaches Joseph, Turner, Paulus and Holm the very best in their future endeavors.

  As you know, our charge is to be the very best, positive displays of discipline and excellence for our university. Your program has a storied history of excellence and is the most visible program at GW. Our next leader will be charged with returning your program to the excellence that you helped to build. This means winning in the classroom, in the community and in competition. We will win the right way.

There will be a national search for the next head coach. We are committed to this search process and look forward to introducing you to our next head coach later this spring. We remain determined to continuing our work together as we create and sustain our programs with the highest levels of discipline and excellence.
I appreciate your support.
Sincerely,Tanya Vogel Director of Athletics & Recreation

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Smith Center Jumbotron fell onto the court during maintenance; luckily only 8 feet and no one hurt

Well, you don't see this every day. The Smith Center's big Jumbotron is currently sitting on the court. A few unverified tweets said it "collapsed," but the actual story was a bit less dramatic. 

It was down for maintenance, and while they were winching it back up into place, it fell about from eight feet up. Not ideal of course, and it's not like you can pop by the hardware store or the Marvin Center convenience store for Jumbotron parts, but not the end of the world.
I hope the court is ok.

The university's official twitter account posted this:
The scoreboard was undergoing maintenance today and dropped unexpectedly from its lowered position just above the floor. Nobody was injured (thankfully) and the scene is being assessed for any damage.
The story caught on pretty big, Sports Illustrated, Keith Olbermann and others tweeted about it. Any news is good news, right?

Photos via @gwtv 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Duke alum, former Ohio State, Louisville assistant Greg Paulus joins GW's staff

This is cool -- former Duke star and former Ohio State, Louisville and Navy assistant coach Greg Paulus has joined GW's coaching staff. Trusty writer Ben Standig also confirmed the news.

Paulus has been an assistant since 2010, starting as an assistant at Navy before moving to Louisville then Ohio State. It will also give GW a bit of a news boost, but Paulus also has experience at some big schools, and under Coach K at Duke. He also was the starting point guard on the team that beat GW in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. Maybe he can help GW get some of those bogus foul calls that went to Duke in that game (GW was whistled for 29, Duke for 14, and many of those in the final minutes.)

Paulus also played quarterback for Syracuse after his Duke career. Apparently you can play another NCAA sport if you play the first sport for four years.

This comes after assistant coach Carmen Maciariello is rumored to have left for powerhouse local high school DeMatha. Looking forward to Paulus. Welcome, Greg!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GW basketball Alumni Game and Reunion Weekend coming up, August 4-5!

This is awesome! GW is planning for their second GW Men's Basketball Reunion Weekend, including an alumni game for the weekend of August 4-5.

Last year's alumni game was really fun and awesome, there were players from the 1950s to today, and the current players reffed the game, which was fun. It was awesome to see Shawnta, Pops, Sir Val and everybody. I'm excited for it. Coach Mojo tweeted this, stay tuned for more info!
Im looking forward to having our @gw_mbb alums back on campus for our second annual Men’s Basketball Reunion and alumni game! Last year was a hit and I can’t wait to get our former Colonials back together again! #Buff&BlueForever #RaiseHigh

Monday, January 29, 2018

If you like GW hats, get yourself to the campus bookstore

The other day I was on campus and decided to see what the Bookstore had, merchandise-wise. I was not disappointed: they had a ton of shirts, sweaters, jackets and so on, but what really stood out to me was the wall of hats. There's every kind of baseball cap you can think of: trucker hats, different logos and patterns, dad caps (the ones with the soft top) and lots more, plus tons of colors.

See above, it's literally hundreds of different caps.

So go check it out. They also had some pretty cool sweaters. It's in the basement of the Marvin Center, here are the hours:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Conference season underway: GW now 8-6, 1-0 in A-10 play

Happy holidays! GW gave us a present, beating St. Joe's to start the conference season behind a good game from Yuta Watanabe, 18 points on 6/12 shooting. Thee other Colonials scored in double figures too: Jair Bolden, Terry Nolan Jr., and Arnaldo Toro.

The Colonials have now won 3 in a row and face Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Pittsburgh. Crazily enough, Duquesne is 10-4 this year with a win over Dayton.

The good guys are 8-6 overall, it's been a bit of an up and down season with a few nice wins, like former A-10 foe Temple and Harvard, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts, but a few not great losses, namely Rider. The team's RPI is about 160, which isn't too bad, and most of the losses are to teams in the top 100 of the RPI.

Here's the rest of the conference schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Duquesne
Saturday, Jan. 6 vs Rhode Island
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Davidson
Saturday, Jan. 13 at Richmond
Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs George Mason
Saturday, Jan. 20 at VCU
Sunday, Jan. 28 at St. Bonaventure
Wednesday, Jan. 31 vs Duquesne
Saturday, Feb. 3 vs Davidson
Wednesday, Feb. 7 vs La Salle
Saturday, Feb. 10 at George Mason
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at UMass
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs VCU
Wednesday, Feb. 21 vs Richmond
Saturday, Feb. 24 at SLU
Wednesdays, Feb. 28 vs Fordham
Saturday, March 3 at Dayton

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LeBron James talks about playing against former GW star Maureece Rice in high school

This is cool: LeBron James talks to the Philadelphia Tribune about his battle with former GW star guard Maureece Rice in high school. Rice is the all-time leading scorer in Philly high school history, topping Wilt Chamberlain's record. He was a key cog in the Colonials' 2005-06 and 2006-07 NCAA tournament teams.
“He’s [Maureece Rice] the all-time leading scorer in Philadelphia history past Wilt Chamberlain,” James said. “We knew we had our hands full trying to shut him down. We didn’t want to lose. We knew all about him.”
LeBron's St. Vincent-St. Mary's High in Akron visited Philly to play Strawberry Mansion, one of the top teams in the country. LeBron's team won but Rice is remembered for an ankle-breaking crossover on King James. Check out that crowd!

Here's some more highlights from the game.

Rice was kicked off GW towards the end of his senior year. He later played in the D-League and overseas.              

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Today is Giving Tuesday: help support GW athletics

Today is Giving Tuesday, the yearly tradition to donate to charity (as opposed to Black Friday, etc.) And donating to GW is tax deductible! So help out! Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Support the GW Student-Athlete Experience with a gift to GW Athletics or a specific team at Your gift helps us give 520 varsity athletes the best possible experience as competitors, students, aspiring professionals, and human beings. These are amazing young men and women empowered to do amazing things. For real.

2. Spread the word on FB, Twitter, text people, forward this email, whatever. Just encourage them to join you in supporting us on Giving Tuesday, and include the link.

3. Do both 1 and 2!

Here's a nice video from the school about how your donation helps student athletes:

GW Athletics Buff & Blue Fund Playbook for Student-Athlete Success from GW Alumni and Development on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

GW signs three recruits; home opener Friday!

Busy week for GW hoops fans! The Colonials played their exhibition game last week against Fairmont State, coached by freshman guard Justin Mazzula's brother! And now there's more good news: the home opener is Friday against Howard at 7 pm, and the Colonials signed three recruits.

The trio is point guard Shandon Brown, power forward Marcus Littles, and wing forward Mezie Offurum. Here's more from GW:
GW Men’s Basketball Signs Three to Letters of IntentColonials land a point guard, power forward and wing
WASHINGTON – GW men’s basketball head coach Maurice Joseph announced on Thursday the signing of Shandon Brown, Marcus Littles and Mezie Offurum to National Letters of Intent to join the Colonials for the 2018-19 season.

The trio provides GW with a point guard in Brown (Boston, Mass.), a power forward in Littles (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a wing in Offurum (Germantown, Md.). They’ll join a team which was already set to have 11 players with at least two years of eligibility remaining, giving the Colonials a strong core for the future. 

“This class will join a group of experienced players and will have an opportunity to grow with them,” said Joseph. “The fact that they will spend at least two years with the nucleus of guys we have now makes me feel great about the future of our program. We feel that we have added the pieces moving forward that will provide us with the depth, talent and experience that will be necessary to compete at the highest level.”

Shandon Brown5-10 | Guard
Boston, Mass. | New Hampton School

A Boston native, Brown plays his high school ball for New Hampton School in New Hampshire, a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). He was named the NEPSAC Class B Eastern Independent League player of the year in 2015. As a junior last season, he averaged more than 11 points and three assists per game as the Huskies went 22-9.

Brown has played AAU for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club since 2014, helping the team win the 19-and-under national championship this past July. He also holds a 3.6 GPA and intends to major in business at GW.

Joseph on Brown: “Shandon is a talented guard who has innate leadership qualities. He has the ability to both score the ball and run a team at a high level. His outgoing personality and infectious energy will be tremendous for the future of our program.”

Brown penned a letter on his decision to choose GW which can be seen here.

Marcus Littles6-9 | Forward
Philadelphia, Pa. | Neumann Goretti

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Littles has helped lead Neumann Goretti to a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A Championship in each of his three seasons playing varsity. Last year, the Saints went 24-7.

Littles is rated as the No. 124 recruit nationally by 247sports, and the 31st-ranked power forward. In the state of Pennsylvania, he’s the third-ranked prospect. He’s played on the AAU circuit since seventh grade, first with Team Final and this past summer, with WER1.

Joseph on Littles: “We are thrilled to add a frontcourt player with the size, mobility and skill set that Marcus possesses. The combination of his ability to score around the rim while having a good shooting touch will make him a tough matchup for opposing forwards. We look forward to having Marcus be our anchor for years to come.”

Littles on choosing GW: “When I began researching the university and all that it offered, I found it met both my academic and athletic needs. When I arrived on campus for the official visit it just felt right. The staff was very welcoming. My family was very supportive and also believed that GW was the right fit. I trust the vision that Coach Joseph as well as the assistants have for me. I’m very excited to begin the next phase of my career at GW.”

Mezie Offurum6-6 | Forward
Germantown, Md. | Georgetown Prep

At 6-foot-6, Offurum provides GW with an athletic and versatile wing who helped Georgetown Prep to a 20-6 record and a share of the 2016-17 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) title. He averaged more than 10 points and four rebounds a game his junior season while earning All-IAC honors. On the AAU circuit, Offurum plays for the D.C. Blue Devils.

Joseph on Offurum: “Mezie has the size and versatility to become an impact player in the Atlantic 10. Recruiting locally is a high priority for our program and this addition is one that we are all excited about. Mezie's work ethic on and off the court will allow him to thrive in Foggy Bottom.”

Offurum on choosing GW: “I felt GW was a fit on all levels. The academics are really good and the A-10 is a conference where I can develop into the player I want to be. I believe campus life will be great because from what I've seen people are very nice and the student atmosphere seems very lively. I also enjoy hanging out in this part of the city and I also like that I will be joining the culture of our nation’s capital. But most of all, I chose GW because I wholeheartedly trust what Coach Joseph and his staff have going, and I want to be a part of it. With his youth, passion, and knowledge of the game, I know and believe that this recruiting class and this team can accomplish something special.”​

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tyler Cavanaugh signs with Atlanta Hawks

Awesome! Former GW star forward Tyler Cavanaugh has signed a partially-guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks. That means he'll attend training camp and will get some dough no matter what. Chatter online suggests he may spend most of his time with the Hawks' D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

Pretty awesome to see another GW player in the pros! He joins recent NBA players like Patricio Garino, who played with the Magic last year and a bit before that Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Mike Hall.

Photo from GWSports
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