Thursday, June 28, 2007

The NBA Draft is upon us

There's a lot less buzz this year than last year for GW players, but the draft is today at 7 pm. I haven't seen Carl Elliott on any mock drafts, which is not surprising, but he has had a few workouts with NBA teams, notably the Wizards and the Sonics.

I would bet he can catch on in Europe or possibly in a US minor leauge or the D-League, the NBA's minor league. Two years ago, for example, TJ Thompson was drafted first overall by the Albany Patroons of the CBA.

As for A-10 players, the only one sniffing the mock draft boards is UMass's Stephen Lasme, who's generally predicted to go in the second round.

The draft is at 7 pm today.

MS Paint job by me, photo from Phillyburbs.com

Carl Elliott in Wizards workout video

Thanks to reader Tod for sending this, there are a few good clips of Carl Elliott at his Wizards workout on this video, at about 2:30 in. It looks like he beats a guy off the dribble once then gets beat himself, though it's a little hard to tell. Anyway, pretty cool to see.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hatchet: GW to play UCLA

Good news on the schedule front, the Hatchet reports that GW will play UCLA in California. For those keeping track, this means GW will play UCLA, Auburn, and Alabama in the out of conference schedule. Hopefully we'll get some decent teams to come to the Smith Center too.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Five recruits coming in?

The Daily Colonial reports that GW has signed three players, Xavier Alexander, Miles Beatty, and Jabari Edwards, which is not really news. However, they say that GW will add two more, but can't give the names because they have "paperwork still to complete."

However, based on my calculations, GW only has four open spots. Joseph Katuka was the fourth, but who is the fifth? The rumor at GWhoops.com is that it will be Virginia Tech PG Nigel Munson, who went to DeMatha in Hyattsville and the Post says will be transferring, possibly to GW.

The GWhoops speculation continues that 7'2 center Jermaine Middleton will not be on scholarship for an undetermined reason, which would thus open one for Munson. Poster Thinker mentioned Munson (who was a 4 star recruit) and posted the articles, and Blue Seats was the one who implied Middleton would be leaving, and he is usually pretty accurate, though he notes he hasn't confirmed it with anybody. Middleton's name has come up before though as a potential transfer.

The Hatchet reported a couple months ago that Katuka wasn't signed, which would agree with the Daily Colonial piece.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Clay Travis making it rain

GW alum Clay Travis, aka kleos at GWhoops.com and a writer at CBS Sportsline, has a funny video on Youtube of him making it rain. "Making it rain" is throwing a bunch of money in the air, popularized by Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Jones was at a strip club with Nelly, the rapper, who was throwing his money into the air at strippers. Pacman did the same thing, but then tried to get his money back from the strippers, and all hell broke loose, with Pacman getting some of his stuff stolen and one of his entourage shooting into the crowd. Good times.

Anyway, here's Clay's video:

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Iron Chef: Hobbs vs Leitao


Well, not exactly. Coach Karl Hobbs will face Virginia coach Dave Leitao (both former UConn assistants) in the "Cook-off Challenge" on Comcast Sportsnet tonight (thursday) at 6:30 and 10. I wonder what they'll be cooking - both are from the Boston area. Maybe chowder vs chowder?

GW to play Alabama, Auburn next season

Good news for GW and GW fans in Alabama - the Hatchet blog reports the Colonials will face Auburn in the BB&T and will play the Crimson Tide in Alabama. Alabama was 20-12 last season, 7-9 in the SEC, and lost to UMass in the NIT. They were ranked at one point and only graduated one player, so they should be pretty good. Auburn was 17-15 and 7-9 in the SEC, with no postseason. They also only graduated one player.

Both games are good for the team's strength of schedule, hopefully the rest of the out of conference games will be similarly decent.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Monty withdraws from NBA draft

Something I'm sure all GW hoops fans were holding their breath over, GW freshman Monty Singh Harika has taken his name out of the NBA draft. I emailed him to ask why and he said, basically, no team had any interest and that coach Karl Hobbs told him he wouldn't be able to try out for the GW team if he didn't take his name out. Monty, known as Cadillac at GWhoops.com, plans on trying out next fall.

I hope Monty accomplished what he set out for, which was getting slightly famous and letting more people know about Sikhism. But I doubt this is the last we've heard of Mr. Harika, who was one of my favorite GWhoops posters.

Previously on Colonial Hoops:
-An interview with Monty Singh Harika
-A fourth GW pro?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

GW baseballer drafted

The Hatchet reports that senior shortstop Michael Parker was taken by the Mets in the 24th round of the MLB draft. Parker started all 55 games, batted .373 with 10 homers and 60 rbis, good for second and first on the team, respectively. He did have 21 errors though. Here's his stats.

GW's had some success in the past with the MLB draft, as two players, Dan Pfau and Derrik Lutz were taken last year, and class of 2002 pitcher Mike O'Connor plays for the Nationals, though he's currently on the disabled list. Plus there's former Yankee, Red Sox, Tampa Bay and everybody else John Flaherty and now ex-Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo.

Monday, June 18, 2007

It's Official: Maureece Rice returns to GW

Good news for GW fans, Maureece Rice did not sign with an agent and has taken his name out of the NBA Draft. As I mentioned previously, he hasn't got much buzz and wasn't invited to the pre-draft camps, though he did work out with the Wizards.

Extremely informative article on Mo Rice in the Post

Ok, not really. The Post has an article titled "Local Teams Await Decisions by Rice, Green, Singletary," about three local juniors who've entered their name into the NBA draft. They have until 5 pm to take their names out, or they have to leave school. The article talks about Gtown's Jeff Green and UVa's Sean Singletary, talks about their stats and what NBA teams they worked out for. Maureece Rice gets one sentence, the last in the article: "Rice averaged 15.8 points for the Colonials."

Wow! Talk about hard-hitting journalism! Good thing I read the Post, or else I would never have known that Mo worked out for the Wizards, that he didn't get much attention from NBA teams and he's working on the paperwork to withdraw from the draft. Thanks, Washington Post!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Rumor: Cheyenne Moore looks healthy

Cheyenne Moore, who transferred to GW from Clemson, sat out a year and then was slowed by a foot injury for much of last season, appears to be healed, according to a poster at GWHoops.com. The poster, pacman, said he saw Moore playing and running full speed without any problems. I was never a huge fan of Moore as he seemed like a bit of a hot dog, but it's always good to see him be healthy. Moore played 16 games and averaged 1.6 points over about 12 minutes per game last year.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Carl Elliott "plays well" in Wizards workout


Carl had his workout with the Wizards on friday, and the Washington Wizards Blog has photos and quotes from him and a video. Hopefully we'll be getting used to seeing photos like this.

The blog said Carl played well and also reports that Mike Hall and Pops Mensah-Bonsu were at the tryout to cheer him on. Pretty cool of them. Mike and Pops pretended to be reporters and said "I just came to show some support. It is tough because I was in the same position last year. I was trying to impress people, last man in the workout and show I belong. He is doing well so far." Here's the video



Photo from the Wizards blog

Friday, June 8, 2007

Carl Elliott invited to work out for the Wizards

Thanks to GWhoops.com poster rangwx for finding this one, Carl Elliott has been invited by the Wiz for a workout today. More news when I hear it.

This would be the third Colonial to be somehow involved with the home team - Mike Hall plays for them, Danilo Pinnock was invited to camp, and now Elliott's workout. Would be amazing to have all three on the team!

And my buddy cagwu notes that the university put out a release on this, noting that Carl will be working out with GW opponents Derrick Byars from Vandy, Jamon (which is "ham" in Spanish) Gordon from VT, and Nick Young of USC. The workout is going on now, starting at 1:30 pm at the Verizon Center.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Spotting Colonials: Pops, Mike, somebody else at McFadden's

A Colonial Hoops operative was spending some quality time at McFadden's on Penn and 24th a few days ago, enjoying the $1 Natty Light cans, and none other than Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall, and a "really tall white guy" walk in. The operative said it wasn't Dirk Nowitzki (who has been known to spend time at random bars, but unfortunately I can't find the original blogger). He also said it wasn't somebody on the Mavs roster, so let the speculation commence.

UPDATE: GWhoops.com poster BM speculates that it might have been recruit Filip Toncinic, who is 22 years old and thus allowed to go to bars, even crummy ones like McFadden's.

UPDATE 2: When asked if the photo of Toncinic resembled the guy at McFadden's, the source said "Very possibly. It's so close that I'm not able to definitely say no."

UPDATE 3:
other sources say it wasn't Filip. So who knows!

UPDATE 4:
another GWHoops poster who says he was there says the mystery tall guy was Rock Battistoni, a former player. Makes sense.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Cathy Joens gets some time in the WNBA

Looks like another pro from GW - former women's team star and two-time A-10 player of the year Cathy Joens got a few minutes in the Chicago Sky's opening loss. She got 6 points on 2-2 from behind the 3 point line (although the WNBA's own box score doesn't show her as playing). She's only played one game so far according to the stats, but it's good to see another GW player make a name in the pros.

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Best Location for the A-10 Tournament: Cumberland, MD

Not really. But Atlantic City is asking the A-10 to hold the conference tourney in the city until at least 2010, and that's spurred a little debate at GWHoops.com. I think A.C. is a good place for the tournament, as it's pretty close to DC, it's a neutral site, there are ample hotels and there's lots to do - namely gamble, although the Boardwalk is neat to walk around on and there's shopping too. The city is pretty grim, but I think that's a small price to pay. And Irish Pub is great.

But considering I am a mapmaker by trade, I decided to do some analysis of where the optimum location for the tournament would be - the place that's in the middle of all the conference cities. Whether or not you count Philly three times or one, the geographic center is in the panhandle of Maryland, and the town that's closest to the conference's geographic center is Hancock, MD (pop. 1725). The nearest bigger city is Cumberland, MD. Cumberland (pop 21815) is actually a pretty nice little town; it used to be one of the bigger cities in Maryland and it's got a quaint little downtown. The band Page France is from there too, and they're good (my fave is "Junkyard", give it some time). So anyway, there's a random factoid for you - Cumberland, MD.

If you're looking for a bigger city, the closest to the geographic center is in fact Pittsburgh, PA, followed closely by D.C.

Here's the maps of the A-10 and of the area around the geographic centers. The blue star is the center if you count Philly three times since there's three schools there, while the red is if you only count it once. Surprisingly, there's not much difference between the two. Click the images for bigger ones.



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