Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer, Summer, Summer League

Seems like Mr. Mensah-Bonsu is the only former Colonial committed to an NBA Summer League team yet. He's hitching his hopes to Dallas. The team as an absurd amount of roster space this year, so here's hoping he plays well enough to make it back the Mavs.

Friday, June 27, 2008

No A-10 Players Drafted

Not really shocking, most of them were reaches. There were some local players taken, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing, Jr. (?), Maryland's James Gist, and Virginia's Sean Singletary. Some GW opponents were taken too, like UCLA's Kevin Love and Virginia Tech's Deron Washington.

Here's the draft board (and one I could find with school years).

There's also a GWHoops thread speculating on which A-10ers would get picked. Forbes? Calathes? Shawn James? Dunston?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Duquesne looking up?

They seem to think so, giving coach Ron Everhart a 3-year extension after the school's first winning season since 1993-94. ESPN notes some good signees, including the Connecticut player of the year. Maybe things are looking up on the Bluff.

Then again, Shawn James and Kojo Mensah are both suing the university over a lack of security, related to the shooting last year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Mascot!

No, this isn't an inflatable Martha Washington or something - it's a replacement for Little George, the kind of funny looking miniature father of the nation.

This George is "more aggressive" and does look better - it's the foam kind of mascot I've mentioned before, even though he kind of looks like he has a harelip. And sort of like a Quaker from outer space. But hey, I like it - he does look a bit tougher.

The Hatchet has more, with University folks saying it was done in part because of the bad press the mascot got - twice named one of the worst mascots in the country.

Hopefully this year he'll stop the St. Joe's Hawk from running around half court at the Smith Center.

Hatchet photo by Ryder Haske

New Women's Coach Today at 1pm: Is it Bozeman? and The Hatchet are reporting that the new women's head coach will be announced today at 1 pm, and Mel Greenberg from Philly says it's going to be GW assistant Mike Bozeman. Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Serving Gyros: This time with 100% more Pinnock

So we all knew JR/Danilo was pretty nasty stateside. Turns out the same is true in Greece. The research unit uncovered some prime video of the Hellas Hoopster. Along with what can only be described as a phenomenally melodramatic slide show set to the tune of perhaps the greatest Euro-trash track in decades. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pops gets another shot in Big D is back in Dallas. For a tryout at least. The Mavericks appear to continue to have interest after dropping him just before last season. The team could use more athleticism as they were bounced from the playoffs this year as last year by a younger, more up-tempo team. As at GW, Pops quickly became a very popular, if infrequently used, player. Good to see he's getting another shot at making his NBA dream a more long-lasting one.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hatchet on Allbritton

The Hatchet has an interesting piece on incoming recruit Matt Allbritton, the shooter from Florida via Texas. He's a very religious guy, as I mentioned before, and he says there may be a readjustment period from his 200 student Christian high school to GW's 10,000 undergrads of various religious beliefs. Obviously I hope he does well.

GWhoops has a thread on the article too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Who will replace McKeown?

The rumors for candidates to replace him are former GW player and assistant Lisa Cermignano, UConn assistant Jamelle Elliott, and current GW assistant Mike Bozeman.

(At first I thought it was Todd Bozeman, which would have sucked.)

There's a few more names here.

All seem like good candidates to me, anybody else have an opinion? I wouldn't mind looking at succesful coaches from smaller schools - after all, that's what McKeown was, he had success at New Mexico State before donning the buff and blue.

End of the McKeown Era

And a long, fruitful era it was. GW women's basketball coach Joe McKeown is moving on to Northwestern after 19 very successful years - top 10s, an Elite 8, Sweet 16s, 15 NCAA tourneys, WNBA players, and on and on. There's not much praise that can't be said for McKeown, who leaves as the winningest coach in school and A-10 women's b-ball history. I wish him luck up there. Stay tuned for potential replacements.

There's lots of news articles about Coach McKeown:

--Hatchet timeline of McKeown's career

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Miles Beatty and Tupac Shakur

I was perusing old posts, and noticing something odd: Miles Beatty cited Michael Jordan and Tupac as his biggest influences.

Of course, I'm sorry to see that it didn't work out with Miles, but I'm guessing Hobbs doesn't quote Biggie and Pac too much.
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