Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Seth Greenberg = Jerk

Welcome to the club, Seth: the GW pantheon of hated people. You'll be welcomed by the likes of A-10 commish Linda Bruno, former terrible coach Tom Penders (and son), Kevin Frey (former Xavier chump who would always play like Michael Jordan against GW), Ron Rollerson (Temple fatso who crushed Tamal Forchion's leg), and so on.

The reason: Greenberg, Virginia Tech's coach, is blocking Nigel Munson from transferring to GW. I've mentioned Munson before, he's a point guard who was a big time recruit coming out of high school, didn't get a lot of playing time for the Hokies, and wanted to come back to the DC area.

Greenberg's move makes total sense, being that GW and Tech are in the same conference and all. Oh wait, we're not. This isn't the years 1996 to 2000.

The Hatchet interviews GW's AD, Jack Kvancz, who says he was "surprised" and it's the first time he's heard of a school not allowing a player to talk to a school in a difference conference.

I really don't understand Greenberg's whiny baby move here. Maybe he's upset that Wynton Witherspoon transferred from VT to GW and that his brother Wesley is interested in GW. Or maybe it's that GW beat the Hokies in last year's BB&T Classic. Maybe he's worried that VT will start to be a GW recruiting pipeline when big time recruits realize they won't be getting much playing time in Blacksburg. Or maybe he's just a little bitch.

At least GW plays VT this season. It would be a great opportunity for a road trip to Blacksburg complete with signs and heckling.

But hey coach, how about keeping your players happy so they don't transfer? Just a suggestion.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pops and Mike to help out at Caribbean charity hoops camp

Brit Pop(s Mensah-Bonsu) invades St. Kitts and Nevis in early August along with former GW cohort and fellow "top NBA player" Mike Hall. Must be nice to have that PCUK (Pops Connection UK). This charity camp, run by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis’ Ministry of Sports (they looking for interns?), comes on the heels of July's Cricket sports tourism high season. The event also coincides with the Federal holidays of Emancipation Day on August 6 and the week-long Nevis Culturama festival's culminating "Last Lap" on August 7. Hopefully this means a good share of the unitary island nation's 42,696 inhabitants will be able to show up. Strangely enough, St. Kitts has steadily lost population to high rates of emigration over the years. Hard to imagine any draw of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Schedule out Saturday, well, sort of

UPDATED: As of Aug. 22, 2007
Hatchet blog is reporting a few scheduling hang-ups due to finalizing contracts. More to follow next week. Historically, the GW schedule is not released until nearly Fall. This is often the result of navigating the tricky waters of scheduling agreements and national television airtime. Credit to Thinker, Blue Seats, and Mailvan of gwhoops for helping us simpletons understand.

The following is the unofficial GW 2008 schedule of opponents to date. Will try to keep up-to-date as more information becomes available. Feel free to call attention to my egregious scheduling oversights in the comments section.

GW 2007-2008 Out of Conference Opponents

Opponent

Date

Time

Location

Alabama

Sat., Dec. 29

TBA

Away

Auburn

Sun., Dec. 2

2:30

BB&T

SUNY - Binghamton

Thu., Dec. 13

7 PM

Away

Boston University

Wed., Nov. 14

TBA

Home

Longwood University

Sun., Dec. 23

2 PM

Home

UCLA

Wed., Nov. 28

TBA

Away

Virginia Tech

Sun., Dec. 9

TBA

Away















A10 Home
Dayton
La Salle
...

A10 Away
Duquesne
...

A10 Home & Home (means we play these teams twice)
Xavier
Rhode Island
Charlotte

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Former Xavier coach Prosser passes away

Very sad news today, former Xavier and current Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser died of an apparent heart attack. This is one of those times that basketball doesn't seem so important.

Schedule coming out Friday

Good news from the Hatchet, the men's schedule is expected to be released tomorrow. Stay tuned.

The Hatchet also reports that GW will likely play Drexel and George Mason in the 08-09 season.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

GWear focus group

GWear, the athletic department's merchandise site, is having a focus group on July 31. If you have an opinion on GWear (which is wholly separate from the bookstore, which I think is part of the problem) then let them know! Here's the press release. It says for AD's Club members, but I say email them anyway.
Dear AD's Club Members,

You are invited to participate in a focus group reception, Tuesday July 31, at 6pm in the AD's club of the Smith Center, to get your opinions and ideas on how GWear (the merchandise tables at the basketball games, and soon to be your Team Fan Shop!) can serve you better.

The GWear branch of the Licensing and Trademarks Department has enjoyed much success in the past few years, thanks in large part to your continued support buying our fan merchandise at Men's and Women's home basketball games. With the great involvement that the AD's club has with the Athletic Department, we feel it is important to get your input on our upcoming year's new line.

We hope to get feedback on some artwork designs and sample apparel items that we have for the upcoming year.

We would greatly appreciate your time and hope to have 10 members in attendance to ensure we are able to gather helpful information. Heavy hors d'oeurves and refreshments will be served.


If you can participate or have questions, please email us at ltp@gwu.edu , or call us at 202-994-8383, by Friday, July 27.

Thank you in advance for your time. We look forward to hosting you on Tuesday, July 31 at 6pm.

Sincerely,

John T. Och
Coordinator
Licensing and Trademark Division

Titi Williams-Davies
Coordinator
Licensing and Trademark Division

Monday, July 23, 2007

A doctored Pops photo?

R, who is a Colonial Hoops frequenter and GW season ticket holder, runs the Aggie Sports Blog, covering Texas A&M sports, obviously. He saw my previous post with Pops dunking on top of somebody and thinks it might be doctored somehow. Here's his thoughts:
If this is a real picture, I cannot imagine how the play went down. The only thing I can think of is that either the dude who is getting a face full of D or 21(Pops of GW) was very confused about where the screen was going to be set. So Pops went hard, and the other dude stopped short. I will ask Acie how it all went down, he has great baseline seats for the game.

I am not sure the pic is real. Unless they are playing without a ball (not pictured) and Pops has had his arm amputated above the wrist.

The photo is from Mavs Moneyball (which has a few other Pops shots, like on the left side) and I've got to assume it's not doctored. For one thing, they don't make a big deal about it, just saying Pops's line and that he dunked on his own teammate.

To me, it looks like this is post-dunk, and the ball is either behind Pops and the dunkee, or it bounced somewhere. And the lack of fingers on Mr. Mensah-Bonsu's right hand could either be attributed to the motion blurring it out, or that his hand might be a fist, like when you grab a rim. It looks like a lot of the shot is in motion, like #4 Acie Law IV's face and leg. I'd guess it's an average digital camera, thus the blurriness.

What do you think?

Drew Wiseman from Georgetown

This is pretty odd. I'm Andrew Wiseman, and Georgetown's sports information assistant is named Drew Wiseman. No relation. Weird. Even weirder, the person who wrote this article mentioning Gtown's Mr. Wiseman is named Lauren Wiseman. No relation (to me at least). So rest assured, if you see Drew Wiseman from Georgetown, I didn't join the other side.

And Georgetown also has somebody on staff whose last name is Huge. That's like a "Who's On First" joke. "What's your last name?" "Huge." "Just tell me it." "It's Huge!" "I don't care how long it is, what is it!?"

Friday, July 20, 2007

Second Summer League underway

As I mentioned previously, there are a bunch of NBA summer leagues. The Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City has been going on for a few days, and three GW alums are playing - Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Regis Koundjia reprise their roles for the Mavs and Spurs, and Carl Elliott gets his first summer league action with the Jazz.

However, Regis is hurt, according to somebody at GWhoops.com, which is why he hasn't been playing. Pops had an OK first game, scoring 6 and getting 8 rebounds, but 6 fouls. And he dunked over his teammate (pictured). The second game was better, scoring 15 on 7-10 shooting and 6 rebounds.

Carl has averaged 4.2 points in limited playing time, about 9.8 minutes per game. I hope he gets a chance to play.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Colonial Breakfast Bits for 7-18-07

Who says you can't have breakfast after noon? I do it all the time.

The main news is that Josh Barr, the Post's recruiting blogger, says that Nigel Munson wants to transfer to DC area school. He got some verification of that later.

And here's a Pops slam for you.

Everybody likes Mike

Mike Hall has been playing well for the Wizards in the summer league. I tuned into a game (they're on TV for whatever reason) the other day and the announcers were big fans. He had a big game against the Bucks on the 15th, scoring 17 and adding 6 boards. The Wizards' website starts their article about the game with him, saying he made the most of his opportunity to start, DraftExpress gives him a big nod for that one, and the Post mentions Hall's performance that game too.

There's also a game highlights video at the NBA's website with lots of Hall highlights.

The Wizards' TV man also had praise for Hall, saying "no question in my mind he belongs in the NBA, somewhere." However, he adds "will make a team and contribute off the bench," which sounds like he won't be on the Wizards. NBADraft.net doesn't sound as positive about him.

Mr. Hall finished the summer league with averages of 9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Old School GW: Kentucky in Maui, 1997

It's a slow news day, so I thought I'd start a new series on GW history.

I found this, the box score and recap of the GW vs #9 Kentucky game in the Maui Invitational, when looking for pictures of GW star Yegor Mescheriakov. GW featured Mescheriakov and Shawnta Rogers, the 5'4" dynamo who led the nation in steals his senior season, and Antxon Iturbe got a (rare) double double this game. I think Mike King was hurt then, as he didn't play. Kentucky had Nazr Mohammmed, Jamaal Magloire, and Scott Padgett, plus Jeff Sheppard and Wayne Turner, who both had a cup of coffee in the NBA but whom I don't remember.

GW lost 70-55 on a Sir Valiant-esque shooting night from Shawnta, who went 6-17 from the floor, though he did have 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Yegor (whose brother Nikita is now on Gtown's basketball team) scored 12 and had 7 boards.

GW was 24-9 that season and made the NCAA tourney, losing to Oklahoma State, one of four A-10 teams in the tourney, plus Richmond, Charlotte, and SLU, which weren't in the A-10 at the time. Here's the full tourney.

That season, GW beat Boston College, DePaul, UPenn, #19 Maryland, and some others. The team averaged 4100 fans at home.

Also, check out the old school logo GW had back then:

Monday, July 16, 2007

GW launches great new Hobbs website

There's a new blogger in town - Karl Hobbs. GW has launched a great looking new website for the Coach, with videos, blogs, and so on. The 2005-2006 highlight video is great and new to me, and it's even got Hobbs' prostate cancer spot. Pretty cool stuff, and nice to see GW get something so new and high tech up.

More on his blog when I get a chance to read it (it's long).

Friday, July 13, 2007

Dan Steinberg talks with Pops

The Post's Dan Steinberg had a chat with Pops Mensah-Bonsu the other day for his DC Sports Bog, talking about his NBA chances and how things are going. He notes that the King Whale Killer is leading the summer league in rebounding, but that Pops considers this "a desperation situation" and that making the team is in his hands.

It's a nice talk with Pops, and Steinberg also mentions the other GW summer leaguers.

Colonial Breakfast Bits

Get out your bowl and some milk (no time for a spoon), its time to munch on some Colonial Breakfast Bits (trademark and box design pending)...

Jess Adair did not make the final cut (see bottom of page) on the USA Pan Am squad. Its never nice to hope for injuries, but perhaps she can ask Damian Hollis where he got his voodoo doll.

TJ Thompson is off the Celtics summer league team.

Hatchet chopping away. Mr. Alberg writes about our limited home scheduling options and a few other rumors/tidbits.

Eeek, looks like this morning's milk curdled a bit.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Clarification from the Daily Colonial

After Alex Goldstick's Daily Colonial article about scholarships, GWhoops.com poster Thinker's followup, and the confusion afterwards, I contacted the Daily Colonial for a clarification of the story. Here's what editor Alex Byers said:
Thanks for your interest in the story. I check out both gwhoops.com and Colonial Hoops quite frequently, and saw the post that thinker made. While I wasn't on the phone with Bower when Goldstick spoke with him, I did speak with Goldstick at length about the conversation afterwards.

After Bower confirmed Beatty, Edwards, and Alexander, Goldstick asked about the status of Katuka and Jared Cunningham (though we now know that Cunningham won't be coming). What I've heard repeatedly is that Bower said, "THEY have paperwork," which logically implies that there is more than one recruit remaining.

So there you have it. Could be Nigel Munson.

Greetings and the Morning Update

Greetings world of colonial hoopers! For reasons I am still trying to fathom, Andrew has invited me to contribute to his blog. As a colonial hoops newcomer, I look forward to continuing in the tradition of brief and broad reporting on as much trivial GW basketball minutiae as humanly reasonable.

GW Morning Update:

Rise and Shine, Colonials Time!

The Hatchet blog has been busy the last two days. Ms. Shapes reports that GW will be travelling to Binghamton for an OOC game next season, for reasons most likely related to Hobbs' former assistant Kevin Broadus.

Press Ad"kvancz": Mr. Alberg reports on a few tidbits, including the signing of Joseph Katuka.

Wizards Summer League. Mike Hall goes for 4/6 last night, including a couple powerful and-1s I caught between cheering the US U-19 Men's team to victory. Danilo drops 2. Box Score

Due to an injury to Darrell Arthur, Damian Hollis gets called up to the U-19 Men's Team competing in Serbia and assisted by coach Hobbs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Carl Elliott makes summer league team

As I hoped earlier, Carl Elliott has made the Utah Jazz's summer league team. The Jazz play in the Rocky Mountain Revue, which is a smaller summer league and starts July 13. The Mavericks and Spurs are also in the RMR, so Carl could face his former teammates Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Regis Koundjia, who play for the Mavs and Spurs respectively.

Good news for Carl, I hope it gives him a better chance to make an NBA roster.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Pops 1 - Oden 0

Pops Mensah-Bonsu's Mavericks summer league team played against Greg Oden's Blazers, and Pops dunked on the supposed phenom, as this photo attests. To be fair, the 35-year old rookie also dunked on Pops. The game film also shows the dunk, and at the very beginning Pops beats Oden for a rebound and gets a plus one in the process.

Stats-wise, Pops scored 10 and collected 13 rebounds, while Oden scored 13 and collected 5 caroms, as well as 9 fouls (obviously players can get more in the summer league). And former Pops foe Josh McRoberts got 0 points in 13 minutes. Way to go, big fella!

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

Friday, July 6, 2007

GW in the NBA summer leagues

The NBA summer leagues start soon, and some GW players are on various rosters. There are four different leagues, the (main) Summer League in Vegas, the Rocky Moutain Revue in Utah, one in Orlando and the Summer Pro League in Los Angeles. Not all teams play in each league, and the leagues usually feature young players, rookies, and free agents.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu will play for the Mavs' team, Danilo (JR) Pinnock and Mike Hall will play for the Wizards, and Regis Koundjia will play for the Spurs. No sign of Carl Elliott (yet, hopefully.)

That means the leagues I'll be following will be the main Vegas league (semi-updated rosters here), which has all three teams with GW players, and the Rocky Mountain Revue, which has the Mavs.

The teams for the Summer Pro League in LA haven't been announced yet.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

"Duquesne is to basketball what 'Manimal' was to the Emmys."

GWhoops.com head honcho Herve has posted his most recent A-10 preview/recap/random thing, and it's entertaining as usual. Check it out.

Cem Dinc does go to Harvard

Turkish forward and former Indiana hoopster Cem Dinc, who flirted with coming to GW, will enroll at Harvard to play for Tommy Amaker. Doh.

Previously: Rumor: Cem Dinc to Harvard

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Scholarship Clarification

GWHoops.com poster Thinker talked with GW's sports information director Brad Bower and cleared up a few things. For one thing, center Jermaine Middleton is no longer on the team, so he may have been the transfer Blue Seats talked about. Middleton transfered into GW from Central Connecticut State.

Also, Bower is only aware of one other recruit for GW, Joseph Katuka, and said that the Daily Colonial reporter was mistaken that he said there were two more.

I'm following up with the Daily Colonial to see what they have to say
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