Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SirValiant Brown playing in Canada

SirValiant Brown, a high-scoring guard who played for GW from 1999 to 2001, is playing in Canada now, with the Premier Basketball League's Halifax Rainmen. The same league also hosts the Vermont Frost Heaves, where Dokun Akingbade plays now. Hat tip to Herve from GWHoops for finding the article.

If you don't know Sir Val, he was a character. Playing for Tom Penders' offense-focused teams, he nearly led the nation in scoring as a freshman with 24.9 ppg, and had a green light to shoot whenever - that means he had some spectacular misses, as well as some spectacular makes. He didn't play as well his sophomore year, and after that he left for the NBA draft, which some speculated was due to bad grades. He wasn't picked and has hopped around since then.

As for his name, his parents really liked King Arthur and stuff. His brother is named SirLancelot. Some guy even made a Youtube video of his highlights:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Disappointing. GW 71-Auburn 83

It looked like GW could run away with this one. In the first half, the Colonials were playing good defense and hitting tons of outside shots. The second half, Auburn made adjustments (going from zone to man-to-man, for example) and torched GW for 54 second half points. Coach Karl Hobbs attributed the 2nd half slump to toughness while Damian Hollis attributed it to low energy level. I think those were issues, plus not adjusting. That was the story, basically.

Wynton Witherspoon was 1-10 from the floor, and Damian Hollis scored 13 in the first half, but only 3 in the second. Auburn also scored 25 points off turnovers to GW's 7. GW shot 50% in the first half and 33% in the second and vice versa for the Tigers. In all, it was a disappointing game with some bright spots. Hermann Opoku looked Pops-esque at times, throwing down an alley-oop and such. Tony Taylor was good, quick and aggressive off the dribble and scored 13. Travis King had some nice moves and good shots - 3/4 from three. Noel Willmore was 4/6 from three.

More bad news - the team was beat on the boards, however, 27-36, and Xavier Alexander was nowhere to be found, racking up 4 fouls. Aaron Ware played like a freshman as well in limited minutes, and Rob Diggs only took 5 shots, hitting three.

There's been a lot of chatter on GWhoops about this - GW lost to another BCS team (the 14th straight, as the Hatchet notes), and it was a game the Colonials could have won. But at the same time, this is a new team, and we're still 2-1. Don't give up the ship.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

GW vs Auburn streaming online now

Sorry for the lack of posts, have been on the road. GW-Auburn is available through channelsurfing.net, just scroll to the bottom where the 2 pm games are. I think you have to have Internet Explorer.

Monday, November 17, 2008

MH3(7) Gets It Done, With a touch of Pops

Mike Hall, playing for Armani Jeans Milano, is tearing up the top Italian league. He was named the week 4 MVP of the entire Euroleague. Check the video in which Mike puts on a clinic in his team's losing effort.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who is out with a shoulder injury at the moment, was named week 2 MVP as he threw down serious dunks and blocks for his Spanish side DKV Joventut.

Type rest of the post here

Friday, November 14, 2008

Season opener tonight: GW vs Boston U

GW plays its market-basket buddy tonight in Boston, the Terriers. Herve has his preview up, as does GWSports.com, and BU is ranked 51 overall by the AP.

The game is apparently on the net in some form, according to BU's website, and it's also on radio, 1050 AM and radio over the internet here.

apparently channelsurfing.net might have it! Unconfirmed though.

UPDATE 2: Another watch link, via Herve.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hatchet basketball preview out

The Hatchet's basketball preview is out today, and as usual, it's good stuff. There's some nice videos and such too - they've been doing a good job with the multimedia stuff.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Four GW games to be televised on MASN

Here's a decent surprise. I got a press release from MASN, the network that shows Nats (and some Baltimore baseball team) saying they'll be showing 4 GW games this season - Maryland, Richmond, Bonaventure, and Charlotte. Of course, Maryland is the BB&T and the rest are home games, so that's not too exciting.

And another minus is that's less games than UMBC, Loyola, Mt. St. Mary's, American, Richmond, Lafayette (!?!) and Liberty. And no women's games. I guess you reap what you sow.

Here's the full release.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

GW 101-West Georgia 71

Originally uploaded by squidpants
It's just an exhibition game, but it looked good for the home team. Stats aren't up yet, but the Colonials executed well on offense and defense, with at least 5 players in double figures.

Tony Taylor started and looked good as point guard - he's very fast and made some nice moves and nice passes, with a few freshman mistakes. Xavier Alexander was big-time on both ends, scoring well and getting a lot of rebounds. Rob Diggs was Rob Diggs, scoring down low and playing good D. And Damian Hollis was solid too, making a lot of long jumpers.

The other freshman had their moments too, with Aaron Ware looking very quick, and Matt Albritton hitting his first three with a really nice shot (but missing two others). And rarely-used Joseph Katuka looks like he's developed some nice post moves, scoring 6 quick points when he was first in, though he got beat a few times on defense.

Defense was solid too, with lots of quick hands getting steals. There were some lapses in the lane and on the perimeter, but for the most part I really can't say much bad about this game - there were good plays, solid D, and not many mistakes. The tempo was up, as the score indicates, and the team scored well from inside and outside, and was decent from three. Free pizzas were to be had for making 7 threes.

Once stats get up I'll write a bit more. But if the team plays well and plays together like this, they might surprise some people.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Mo Rice makes D-League training camp roster

Maureece Rice looks like he's still trying. He attended local tryout camps for the D-League Erie BayHawks and made it through all three, and was named to the team's training camp roster. No guarantee he'll make the team, of course, but it looks like he's working.

Some GW players have been in the D-League before, notable Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who was D-League All Star Game MVP (and also got brought up to the Mavs), Mike Hall, and Danilo Pinnock.

GW vs West Georgia on Saturday!

I'm getting excited. The game is at 2 pm and I'm looking forward to seeing how the team gels, who starts, which freshmen look good, etc. And of course, hitting up some drinking establishments before and after. For example, Tonic has "white trash mimosas" - Tang and Miller Lite.

As for West Georgia, the GW players (Tamal Forchion, Darnell Miller) who transferred there have graduated. Majestic Mapp used to play there too, remember that guy?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

GW stuff on sale

In honor of Obama's win (or maybe not) the GW Bookstore has a lot of neat stuff on sale.

Check it out.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ukraine Train Update

Last week I bumped into 2005-2006 GW Basketball Alumnus Alex Kireev at Chef Geoff's. I didn't want to bother him but a few super-mugs deep I was able to conjure up the courage. I annoyed him and his family just long enough to find out that Alex played overseas last year but was back in DC working for a non-profit organization. Best of luck to him.

I still remember when Alex drained that deep 3 pointer from the top of the key to start-off Senior night for what would eventually become one of top GW basketball games of all time and cap the magical 16-0 A-10 season. Hope to see you at Smitty this season.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rumor: GW plays well in Nova scrimmage

Don't know much about this, since it's a scrimmage, but GW apparently fared well against Villanova the other day.

Herve reports:
whispering bird(s) say:

Apparently Damien went off for 30 points in two 12 minute sessions. Also heard Taylor started (with Spoon, Hollis, Diggs and Herm). Herm was also impressive.

Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher handled the GW traps and pressure quite well.

Uh oh, Pops is hurt


And in other news, did you vote?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mo Rice makes D-League roster

Maureece Rice survived the cuts to the D-League's Erie Bayhawks and made the final 11 man roster. Rice first made the team from try-outs held in the area, and he impressed. He also seems to be buckling down, which is good - "I tried to impress the coaches so they won't be able to second guess keeping me around," he said. Good luck to Mo.
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