Thursday, May 31, 2007

Danilo plays in Panama, invited by Wizards

A poster at GWhoops.com wrote about Danilo (JR) Pinnock, saying in Spanish that he'll play in Panama's league, and was invited by the Wizards to a camp, though they don't specify if that's the summer league team or the training camp. Either way, good for Danilo, who nearly made the Lakers last season after playing for their summer league team. His Panamanian team is the Toros de Chorillo. This site also says he'll play in the Panamerican Games for Panama. Thanks Spanish 9 at GW!

He also did fairly well in the D-League this year, which he joined late in the season, averaging 11 points and almost 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Sounds like his numbers at GW. He also collected a triple-double and shot .480 from the floor, but only .188 from three.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monty on Himself

Everybody's favorite or least-favorite GW NBA draft entrant writes about himself in Sports Illustrated's SI On Campus. Not much new really, but it's here if you're curious.

Previously at Colonial Hoops:
*An interview with Monty Singh Harika
*A fourth GW pro?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Rumor: Cem Dinc to Harvard

Rumor has it that forward Cem Dinc will be going to Harvard, where former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker is going. It's only an internet message board, but if so, that's too bad. Both possible good reasons to do some Sports Betting on good ol' Harvard. Dinc seemed like a good player and good guy.

But that would also mean that GW wouldn't need someone to transfer if Joseph Katuka did indeed sign.

Friday, May 18, 2007

DeCourcey: "A few A-10 teams are out of their league"

And he's absolutely right. While not mentioning GW as one of the top teams in the conference, the Sporting News' Mike Decourcey makes the argument that the A-10 should dump some teams. He calls out Bonaventure, La Salle and Richmond, though I actually think he should be talking about St. Bona's and Duquesne and maybe La Salle and Fordham. At least the last two serve major markets and have had success in the past. Anyway, it's good to see some national press talking about the A-10's sorry state, with a steadily dropping conference RPI.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pops on the Radio

Kind of a slow news day, so I was goofing around on Youtube and found this video of Pops Mensah-Bonsu on an English radio show.



There's also one of him talking with the DJ

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I like Rick Majerus

While I wrote about his terrible ESPN commentating before, I just can't help but like the guy. He's funny, engaging, and is a very good coach. There's been a lot of press about him coming to the A-10 and SLU, and I hope that means good things for both - namely a better in-conference foe, a higher RPI, and more nationwide exposure.

In an interview with Luke Winn from Sports Illustrated, he says he thinks SLU can become Saint Louis' home team. That would be fantastic and I think pretty likely - they have a new arena coming and there really aren't any other local college or pro basketball teams. Sorry Wash U and Um-sul. (And on a side note, Wash U was founded by a Columbian College grad, who also happened to be TS Eliot's grandpa). Majerus also talked about a movie he helped make and his success in the past, including a Final Four and a number of NBA draftees.

And I should note that Luke Winn only interviews totally cool and interesting people! See? Although the hope for GW to become DC's home team looks a lot more difficult with Georgetown's success. But I'm happy with where we are.

Photo by Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

GW steals Maryland's turtle

I discovered this browsing the fantastic GW and Foggy Bottom Historical Encyclopedia, a wiki made by the University archivist. It's a great site.

So back in 1948 when GW still had a football team, some students, possibly SAE members, went to College Park and kidnapped Testudo, the Terps' big bronze statue of a turtle. The story is funny, it includes a letter from the Maryland student body president and a poem about the turtle that says he went to Reno and then got rejected from GW. And apparently about 500 Maryland kids came down and surrounded the SAE house before some SAE folks defused the situation. Pretty interesting stuff.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Hanging with Little George


I read the other day on GWhoops.com that Little George was sent by the spirit program to a meeting with incoming university president Steven Knapp. At the meeting he presented Knapp with a GW jersey with his name on it. And the other day I actually met the mascot at a party.

The mascot, whose identity I won't reveal, said the jersey presentation was part of a larger meeting in Baltimore and that Knapp seemed to like the present. I hope this bodes well for the basketball program and I hope that Knapp supports the program as much as Stephen Joel Trachtenberg did. Since Knapp is from Johns Hopkins, which is a good academic school with a good lacrosse team, I'd bet that he continues to support the team and athletics in general.

I also asked the mascot about the rumors that the Hippo was going to be discontinued, since I didn't see the Hippo at any men's games this year and SJT, the progenitor of the Hippo, was leaving. Lil George said the Hippo went to women's games because a lot of kids go to those and the Hippo appeals mainly to kids. I thought that was interesting.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Cathy Joens signed by WNBA team

Cathy Joens, former GW star and A-10 player of the year in 2003 and 2004, was signed by the Chicago Sky (bottom of the article). Some of the folks on their surprisingly active message board think she's not needed, but hey, it's great to see a GW grad get some pro exposure. Joens finished her season in the top French league as the league's top scorer.

Temple cheats at tennis

I have no idea why you'd want to cheat at NCAA tennis. It's not exactly a big money sport in college, nor is it really that well known. I've been to one college tennis match ever and that was because my roommate was on the team. My other roommate and I were the only spectators. But Temple cheated, using an ineligible player and putting his name down as another player. Weird.

Plus it gives the reporter a chance to use this headline: "Ex-Temple tennis coach had quite a racket."

And I was going to say that Scott Wolf from that lame TV show Party of Five played tennis for GW, but he actually was on the golf team. And he married Kelley from the Real World New Orleans. So that's something.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A-10 thinking about CSTV contract

This is good news (I hope). I don't have a scout.com subscription, but here's the blurb

Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw has informed OwlsDaily.com that the Atlantic 10 will consider changes to its CSTV contract when league athletic directors hold their annual meeting later this month. The much-maligned television deal gave the A-10 an immediate cash reward last year, but resulted in far less TV exposure for men’s basketball.


I think this is good news, as it was pretty hard to find GW games on TV, especially outside DC. Here's the link.

Summer 07 Photos with Elliott, Pinnock and trainer Keith Williams

A poster put these on GWhoops.com awhile ago, pretty neat. Kind of a day in the life of Carl Elliot, JR Pinnock and "super trainer" Keith Williams.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Rumor: A transfer?

This has been floating around, so I figured I'd update people. A few days ago, an anonymous poster at GWHoops.com said that GW has signed Joseph Katuka and Cem Dinc. This would mean the school has one more scholarship than the NCAA allows. Poster Blue Seats, who seems to be in the know, said that there may be a transfer, but "I don't think anyone will be losing a lot of sleep over it." That has spurred some speculation over who it is. The leading candidates are Hermann Opoku and Jermaine Middleton.

And the Hatchet further confused matters by quoting the AD's office as saying Katuka wasn't actually signed, but I figure they just said that for NCAA rules reasons - you can't announce it until it happens.

I haven't been able to confirm anything about Dinc other than "no decision."

Previously at Colonial Hoops:
-Current scholarship situation
-New commitment: Joseph Katuka
-More on Katuka

Hatchet: Rice has not signed with an agent

The Hatchet's blog reports that Maureece Rice has not signed with an agent. No change here, but there was some confusion, as Mo appeared on an NBA-issued list without a note saying he hadn't hired one, and Karl Hobbs said something to the effect that "we're losing four scholarships," but the team only graduated three - Carl Elliott, Dokun Akingbade, and Regis Koundjia. The Hatchet hasn't yet clarified the last one.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Athletics awards out

GW had their athletic awards banquet the other day and Kenan Cole from the women's hoops team won GW's top women's senior athlete award. Men's crew rower Jon D'Alba got the men's award, while Carl Elliott was named MVP of the men's basketball team and Kim Beck was the MVP of the women's squad. No surprise there, though Mo Rice could have been considered. However, since Carl is the winningest player in GW history, I think he deserves it.

As for the basketball awards, Damian Hollis was rookie of the year, Travis King was the team's academic achievement winner, and Dokun Akingbade was most improved. Elliot also won most steals, best free throw percentage, the defense award, and most assists. Maureece Rice got the offense award and three pointers award, Hermann Opoku won the strength and conditioning award, so I guess he got bigger and stronger, and Regis Koundjia got the desire award, which is wholly appropriate.

Slow news day

It's a slow news day, so here's something tangentially related to GW - William Frawley, who previously was the dean of GW's Columbian School College, was fired from his job as president from the University of Mary Washington after getting a DUI. That's a shame, as the man seems to have some issues, and he did a fine job at GW from everything I've heard.

Now I don't want to make light of this, but "University of Mary Washington"? That sounds backwards to me. It's not the University of George Washington or the University of Johns Hopkins. It used to be called Mary Washington College, and Mary Washington University sounds much more normal. Maybe if "Mary Washington" were the name of a town or something it'd make sense, but no. For example, see Robert Morris, Sarah Lawrence, William Jewell, Christopher Newport, James Madison, and on and on for colleges named for dudes (and chicks) that don't have "Of".

Thursday, May 3, 2007

GW's mascot 6th worst in the country


And not even the hippo. Drivl.com, a site I'd never heard of before, ranks Little George as the 6th worst mascot, behind only Wake Forest, Xavier's Blue Blob (ha), Harvard's bizarre looking mascot, Tulsa and Stanford. It's a funny read, and I'm sure if they actually used the Hippo, it'd be number 1.

NCAA thinking of moving 3 point line back

Interesting move, the NCAA's rules committee voted to move the 3 point line back a foot, to 20 feet, 9 inches. The NBA is at 23' 9" at the key and 22 at the corners while international distance is 20' 6". The rule would go into effect in 2008, but first, the playing rules oversight committee must agree. Not sure how much effect this would have on GW's team, which usually isn't too heavy with shooters, but it's interesting.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Want a generic GW uniform?

It's been a slow week for GW - no word from Cem Dinc or whether Joseph Katuka has signed or who the mystery transfer may be. But somebody posted this at GWHoops.com - a weird generic GW uniform. It doesn't resemble GW's actual uniforms, in fact I don't think they even wore buff this season.

But it's good that GW stuff is showing up more places. I found a shirt at Modell's, and folks at GWhoops report seeing GW merchandise at the CVS on M Street and the Champs in Tyson's Corners.

UPDATE:
I actually think these look pretty cool.
You can get college basketball tickets here.