Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Meet the Freshmen: Aaron Ware

So I'm doing a reprise of last year's Meet the Freshmen series, where I ask each incoming freshman the same questions.

Last year's was pretty good, and gave us tidbits like Xavier Alexander eating Flintstones vitamins for breakfast, Joseph Katuka being a big fan of National Treasure, and Miles Beatty's biggest influences being Tupac and Michael Jordan.

This year's first interview is Aaron Ware. Enjoy!

Aaron Ware
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Sneaker size: 13
Best part of your game: driving to the basket
Still need to work on: jump shot
Game day superstition: tying both shoes double-knotted
What you like about DC so far: the history and culture
College team you'd love to play: UCLA or USC
First thing you'd buy after signing an NBA contract: a house
Favorite athlete and pro team: Kobe Bryant; Lakers
Favorite class in high school: American History
Planned major: Journalism
Class you're looking forward to at GW: Jackie Robinson Class
Typical breakfast: Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice
Favorite musical artists: The Game, Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z
Favorite movie: Scarface
Favorite video game: NBA 2K8
Last thing you read: The Jordan Rules
Your best sports moment: Winning 2007-08 section championship
Biggest influence in your life: mother, grandmother

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mo Rice on Sixers training camp roster

Kind of a surprise huh? Maureece Rice has been named to the Sixers training camp roster.

Maybe it's just a nod to a local legend (in high school for breaking Wilt's record) but hey, maybe he will make it. To be honest, I don't really feel like wishing him good luck. There's that old Simpsons line: "I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish you any particular harm." He did a lot for the team for a few years, but I think the end of his career left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. Obviously I hope he does well for himself, but I won't be following his career nearly as much as Mike or Pops or Carl or Danilo.

Pops, GB make European Championship

Not bad! For the first time since 1981, the Great Britain national basketball team are in the European Championship, thanks to Luol Deng, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, and some others. The Brits beat the Czech Republic on the 17th. Pops has been all over Basketball24/7, a British basketball site, and has been doing well for the Brits, usually one of the top 2 scorers.

Glad to see Pops doing well, and I hope he gets more notice during the Euros.

Here's a couple other articles.

Monday, September 22, 2008

What a tease: Hippo not being phased out

Man, that sucks. Turns out the bookstore folks thought the university was phasing out the Hippo, but they weren't, just wanting to use it less on merchandise. Just when I thought GW did something smart for once.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

All our prayers have been answered

Because GW is phasing out the Hippo mascot. Thank god.

The Hatchet has the story - it won't be on any merchandise, won't be at games, etc etc. They also have former university President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg saying the Colonial is "a lame mascot." Get bent, SJT.

I always thought the Hippo was a stupid mascot. It had nothing to do with the school, SJT invented a fake legend for it, and it was ridiculous. There was always the story (unverified) that Trachtenberg bought the hippo sculpture at 22nd and H at an auction when he was drunk, and Mrs. Trachtenberg wouldn't let him keep it, so he donated it to the university. No idea if that's true, but it's funny. And some guy I used to be on the trivia team with claimed he had personally seen or taken part in putting a number of various bodily fluids in the hippo's mouth. For the sake of probity, I won't mention the ones he hadn't.

In other actual news, they're also changing the color used on some things from "athletic yellow" to "sparkly Vegas gold." Here's what Vegas gold looks like. Vegas gold is already on men's and women's basketball uniforms.

Little George was already updated a few months ago to be less terrifying.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Alexander Koul: Still around

Back in the 90s, GW had a poster that said "Washington's New Monument," with Alexander Koul on it. Koul was a 7'1" center from Belarus, and he was pretty good. He averaged 13.3 points for his 4 year career at GW, as well as 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

He's still career GW's leader in consecutive starts, field goal percentage (.610, 635 of 1041) and blocked shots. Unfortunately his draft stock dropped each year, from possible lottery pick his sophomore year to not drafted at all, though he still got a lot of hype - Sporting News listed him as better than Tim Duncan!

I was looking up heights for the GW Basketball Facebook application and discovered that Koul is still playing professionally - he's been in Turkey, Poland, Greece, and now Belarus. Glad to see he's still making money playing hoops.

Pictured is Koul vs Marcus Camby of UMass.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cool Smith Center video

Just stumbled on this, GW posted a video about the Smith Center on the Smith Center Renovation page. Pretty cool stuff, with interviews with some old timers, Karl Hobbs, Joe McKeown, and with a bonus Noel Wilmore sighting. It also has a lot of cool drawings on the interior and exterior.

Check it out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mario's old school GW site

I remember reading this site years ago, and Herve from GWhoops.com cites it as one of the first (if not the first) GW basketball websites. It's Mario's site from something called boo.net. I didn't know it was still up until GWhoops.com poster BM linked to it. It's got tons of interesting old stuff, like records, season previews, all kinds of things. It's outdated, but fascinating.

Enjoy.

Richmond men's, women's assistants quit over texting

OMG! Some Richmond assistant coaches have resigned over some possible text messaging and phone violations with recruits. 2 BAD 4 RCHMND, who have been trying to rebound from some bad seasons lately.

Richmond also released some statements about NCAA violations. O NO.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Brits love Pops

No surprise, who doesn't like the King Whale Killer?

There are a bunch of articles about Pops recently, such as these from the London Telegraph and the Basketball 24/7, a British hoops site.

Monday, September 8, 2008

GW fundraiser Dan Rocha at GWHoops

Dan Rocha, the main fundraiser for the Smith Center upgrade, has a post on GWHoops explaining how he's doing his plan. He says he always reads the site, and it's good to see him post there.

Here's the thread. Your thoughts? Seems like a decent plan to me, though as some posters say, if GW had a better schedule and actually released it, it might make it easier to get big donors.
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