Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bower: No comment on Smith

I got in touch with GW sports information director Brad Bower yesterday about Dwayne Smith - "We don't have any further comment on his status at this time."

So, who knows! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

O Canada? Ware, Allbritton sign, no sign of Smith has an article about Aaron Ware and Matt Allbritton officially signing and mentions Tony Taylor, who signed earlier. It also says Jeff Alston, former team manager, will be on the team - no mention of a scholarship.

However, it doesn't mention Dwayne Smith. As linked in the comments earlier, Smith's admission status is still pending, so the University can't talk about him. Hopefully he'll get in with no problems, and then he'll join the team, but as of now I guess we have to hold our breath.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pops turns down Spain, looking at NBA

Looks like Pops is trying to stick around the NBA. The Times of London says he turned down a lucrative deal with DKV Joventut of Badalona, in the Spanish league, and is talking to four NBA teams, including the T-Wolves, and I assume the Mavericks. Good luck to Pops!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

GW "still recruiting" Dwayne Smith

The reason GW coaches haven't mentioned Dwayne Smith (see previous post) is that GW is still recruiting him - so said sports information director Brad Bower to me yesterday. So there you go - generally schools can't talk about players they haven't signed.

Although, as a commenter noted, the schedule press release mentions that there will be 4 newcomers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dwayne Smith prepping?

Some alert GWHoopsters have noticed that GW coaches haven't been mentioning Dwayne Smith lately, the most recent GW recruit - for example, an interview with assistant coach Roland Houston.

Some folks at GWhoops think Mr. Smith might be taking a year to go to prep school, though others say he is coming this fall. If not, let's hope Johnny Lee gets a scholarship.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pinnock gets props

He's the subject of an NBA-posted Youtube video of a nasty move.

He scored 30 in the game. I hope we see this picture a lot more.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Carl Elliott fights the Axis of Evil

Thanks to zaoem at for the link and quip

Carl Elliott led a team of D-League All-Stars over the Iranian national team on Thursday, tying the team lead with 11 points. The team, called the D-League Ambassadors, will be playing at the Rocky Mountain Review summer league. Maybe Carl can get some notice and become the fourth Colonial on an NBA summer league team!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pops not going to Spain?

Good news for Pops Mensah-Bonsu and the NBA? The whale-killer is on the Timberwolves summer league team, and his sister told a website that the offer from Joventut is still "on the table." He played yesterday for the Timberwolves against the Blazers, scored 11 points and 5 offensive rebounds (7 total) in 22 minutes. JR Pinnock played for the Blazers in that one too, scoring 9. Pops also played the game before against the Lakers.

The T'Wolves blog has more on his performance, as well as an interview with him, where he says he hopes to show what he can do to make the NBA, but he has no problems going back to Spain.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pops back to Spain

Looks like Pops Mensah-Bonsu is going back to Spain, where he was the hero of Granada earlier in the year. Pops signed with DKV Joventut from Bardalona in Catalonia, Spain, one of the best European teams. David Noel form UNC is on the team too - hopefully Pops makes big bucks and is successful over there, and makes it back to the NBA.

And randomly, DKV was one of the teams Paul Shirley played for - he wrote a really good and funny book about being an NBA and international basketball journeyman. I recommend it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pinnock is on the Trailblazers summer team

Just saw this, JR Pinnock is on the Blazers summer league team. JR/Danilo played for the Wizards summer league team last year, and made a splash with the Lakers in the summer after they drafted him, though he didn't make the team. He last played in Greece for Colossus Rhodes BC.

For those keeping track, that means Mike Hall and Pinnock are on summer league teams, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu is looking at Europe. Mo Rice had a workout with the Wiz but didn't make the summer league team.

Cool new GW stuff for sale

Got an email today from the bookstore, they have a lot of new stuff for sale - hoodies, shirts, etc. I like the "Blacksburg hoodie".

There's also #5 Rob Diggs and #22 Damian Hollis jerseys for sale (or you could say #5 TJ Thompson and #22, er, Darin Green?)

Monday, July 14, 2008

What's up with Pops?

I wrote that Pops was on the Mavs summer league team, but now he's not. Turns out the Whale Killer is pursuing offers from Europe, and even though he's not on the Mavs summer league roster, some sources say he hopes to join the summer league team soon.

Obviously I hope Pops can make the Mavs or some other NBA team, but if he can make lots of money in Europe, more power to him.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Donnie Nelson on Pops

As noted before, Pops Mensah-Bonsu is on the Mavericks summer league team. Here's what Mavs president of basketball operations said about him:

"Recruited heavily by overseas teams, so we’re competing against that. Energetic, rebounder, runs like a deer. He’s improved his low-post game."

The Mavs summer league games start the 11th and go til the 25th. Stay tuned for Pops coverage, as well as Mike Hall, who's on the Nuggets summer league team.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mike Hall Gets (Rocky Mountain) High

MH3 looks to get another shot at an NBA roster as he's signed on to the Denver Nuggets' summer league team.

Could we soon see Mr. Hall alongside The Answer and the Melo Man? Who knows. Either way, here's hoping for a standout performance we know he's capable of.
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