Friday, May 30, 2008

Flight of the Conchords at GW

Not basketball, but hey, it's springtime. I found this video of the Flight of the Conchords playing at Lisner Auditorium.

If you don't know the group, they're a New Zealand music group with a hilarious TV show on HBO.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Finally. FAU hires Mike Jarvis

I feel like we'd been hearing about it for months, but finally Florida Atlantic University pulled the trigger and hired former GW coach Mike Jarvis. Jarvis had a lot of success at GW, getting the team to the Sweet 16, and also at St. John's (at first). He brought the Johnnies to the Elite 8, but then had some bad records and scandals. Hopefully things go well at FAU for him.

Here's Jarvis back in the day at GW.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

GW to play Maryland in 2008 BB&T

Guess Gary Williams couldn't continue to justify not playing GW. The Post announced that GW will face Maryland in this year's BB&T Classic. GW has won the last two against the Terps. Glad to see what should be a yearly rivalry back (as well as one with a school across Rock Creek Park.)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Congrats Graduates!

Welcome to the alumni ranks, class of 2008! I hope you consider buying some el cheapo season tickets now! They're only $60 or so.

CH blogger Max also graduated, and wrote a bit about it on GWHoops. He said he sat next to Keri Gonsalves at the ceremony, and that Gonsalves had some inflatable guitars. He said Sarah-Jo Lawrence was a Phi Beta Kappa, and Regis Koundjia also graduated. Pretty awesome.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Clay Travis Makes it Rain

This is only tangentially related to GW basketball, but hey, it's the offseason. GW alum, former basketball team manager, and current CBS Sportsline and Sports Illustrated writer Clay Travis makes it rain.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Two Dukes leave early for the NBA draft

Kind of weird news out of Pittsburgh, both center (and shot blocker extraordinaire) Shawn James and guard Kojo Mensah (not Bonsu) are forgoing their senior years to enter the NBA draft. Only James has a real shot at getting drafted, so maybe something else is afoot - grades, money? Who knows.

Best of luck, and too bad for Duquesne, which loses two of its best players. Mensah averaged 12.1 points per game, and James averaged 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and nearly 4 blocks per game - he had 111 last year. He averaged an absurd 6.53 blocks per game the year before at Northeastern, and NCAA record. Those are video game numbers.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rumor Time: Xavier Alexander, Isaiah Philmore

Couple of random rumors here and there.

A new GWhoops poster named Baller4Life said Xavier Alexander transferred to Chadron State in Nebraska, "He said he was angry at the lack of respect he was getting, and that GW campus laws didn't let him carry a gun around. he said that he 'hated the crap out of' KH." Obviously that sounds sketchy, and the guy had no source - the Hatchet jumped on it and called Chadron State, who said they are not aware of any transfer. Phew.

The other is that recruit Isaiah Philmore, a SF/PF who sounds like a beast, has committed to GW. No source there, so be skeptical.

Philmore is one the top 100 recruits in the country for 2009. - ESPN has him at #62 and Rivals has him at 69. He has a ton of offers, "is looking hard at GW," and has been called the "Prophet of John Carroll." Stay tuned.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pops, the Hero of Granada

Pops Mensah-Bonsu joined CB Granada of the Spanish league for the last game of the season. That game would decide if 15th-place Granada would be relegated (sent down the minors, basically) or remain in the top league. It was a must win, and it was against TAU Ceramica, one of the top teams in Spain which just finished 4th in the Euroleague.

So what's Pops to do? Fold? Or become "El Matador" and the "King of the Palacio de los Deportes"? The latter of course. Pops took to the air, scoring 22 and adding 9 rebounds, then got the final rebound and dribbled out the clock to help give Granada the 89-87 victory.

And check out the video, with lots of emphatic Pops dunks and fans doing the "we're not worthy" bow, like many a game at the Smith Center.

Pretty awesome that Pops became the hero for Granada; I think he was replacing the injured Curtis Borchardt. And Pops must like playing at places with lots of mascots. CB Granada has 4.

As posted previously, Pops has some workouts with NBA teams coming up.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Pops to Spain

Ole! Pops Mensah-Bonsu just signed with CB Granada of the Spanish league. He'll be able to play soon, since the Benetton season has ended. Hope Mr. Mensah-Bonsu makes a lot of dough in Espana, and makes it back to the NBA soon.

The team's article is in Spanish, obviously, but basically says he'll help the team.

Pops will also play for the English national team.

UPDATE: Pops' brother posted a comment saying this contract is only until the end of the season, and that Pops will be working out for a few NBA teams. Awesome!

Women's Update

A few women's hoops tidbits lately:

--Sarah Jo Lawrence was cut by the Washington Mystics. Doh.

--GW hoops alum Tajama Abraham-Ngongba (yes, Patrick Ngongba's wife) was named head coach of Radford University, a D-1 school in the Big South conference. TJ was a GW assistant under Joe McKeown.

--Temple coach Dawn Staley was named head coach at South Carolina. Too bad for the A-10, as Staley was a good coach and class act. She would even laugh at my (good-natured) heckles at the games.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Updated Scholarship Situation

After the dismissal of Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty, here's the updated scholarship situation. It includes schollies for all four of GW's new recruits - Dwayne Smith, Aaron Ware and Matt Allbritton, and Tony Taylor.

That means GW has a full compliment of scholarships - 13.

G Maureece Rice

G/F Cheyenne Moore (rising senior)
PG Miles Beatty (rising sophomore)


F Rob Diggs
SG Noel Wilmore
F Wynton Witherspoon (senior according to GWSports)

PG Travis King (could be redshirt sophomore)
F Damian Hollis
F Hermann Opoku


G/F Xavier Alexander
C Jabari Edwards (could be redshirt freshman)
F/C Joseph Katuka


PG Tony Taylor
SG Matt Allbritton
SF Aaron Ware
G/F Dwayne Smith

I haven't heard anything about Johnny Lee getting a scholarship, but it appears they're all taken anyway.

Wesley Witherspoon already took GW off his list, and I haven't heard anything about Nigel Munson.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Miles Beatty, Cheyenne Moore off the team

I guess that explains the scholarship situation. The Hatchet is reporting that Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty have both been kicked off the team. Coach Karl Hobbs said "Certain expectations are placed on our players both on and off the court. They did not meet those expectations. Both Cheyenne and Miles were given every opportunity to succeed here at GW. I wish them both the very best in the future."

It's too bad to see both of them leave, but it must have been for a good reason.

That means GW has room for next year's four recruits - Tony Taylor, Matt Albritton, Dwayne Smith, and Aaron Ware.

How do you say "not in my house" in Italian?

Ask Pops.

Il Papa is doing well for Benetton Treviso, averaging about 8.5 boards, second on the team, and 9.2 points per game, shooting 59% from the floor and 77% from the free throw line.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Kim Beck competing for WNBA point guard spot

Nice article on recent GW grad and A-10 player of the year Kim Beck, who's competing for a spot with the Seattle Storm. Cool photo too. Always good to see a Colonial in the pros.

photo by TerrenceVaccaro/NBAEGettyImages

Friday, May 2, 2008

Miles Beatty Not Currently Registered

Some good reporting by the Hatchet, who discovered from the registrar that Miles Beatty isn't currently registered for classes. They quote an athletic department staffer who says she'd expect an athlete to be registered fby now. Beatty's high school coach (Bobby Hurley's dad) told the Hatchet "where there's smoke, there's fire."

All of that to me mean Mr. Beatty is gone. Which is too bad, in that the kid had some potential in the few times I saw him, but he obviously had some other issues - getting suspended for violating team rules.

Assuming he is done with GW basketball, that would mean GW is one scholarship over the limit. That means somebody could transfer or maybe prep a year. A new GWhoops poster says Cheyenne Moore won't be playing, but who knows if that's true. I'm asking for more from him, so stay tuned.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Recruit: Barack Obama

This guy can ball.

He's a 6'1" guard/forward, originally from Hawaii by way of Indonesia, Los Angeles, and Illinois. Has some nice moves down low and good court vision.
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