Thursday, December 31, 2009

Harvard 66-GW 53

Well, you can't win em all. GW played pretty crummy the whole game, which was more like Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season than Good Will Hunting, minus the end part. Harvard has read books we haven't even heard of yet:



GW only scored 18 points on 25% shooting in the second half to let a 3 point deficit balloon to 13. The team shot 36% for the game and a miserable 13% (2/15) from behind the arc. At least they shot 75% from the foul line. GW was also out rebounded by the Ivy-ers, 38 to 27, and nobody on GW had more than 4, to go with 8 assists versus 18 turnovers. Yucky.

Damian Hollis had 11 on 5/14 shooting, Tony Taylor had 10, Lasan Kromah was only 1/7 from the floor. I believe "lack of effort" about sums it up.

Harvard's Jeremy Lin, however, looked like Magic Johnson out there, leading the Crimson in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals (with an absurd 7). Or he looked like whoever the best Ivy League basketball player was. Bill Bradley? Michael Jordan? (No, the other Michael Jordan).

Here's the GWSports box score and recap, plus the Hatchet's. I would post the Washington Times' recap, but they don't have a sports section anymore!

At least Howard is at the Smith Center Sunday. Hopefully GW can recover for that game. Hobbs said on Twitter "Tough one last night. At the airport in Boston. Have to keep the players spirits up. More challenges are ahead."

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tonight: Harvard

Today GW travels up to some school called Harvard, populated by these guys at right (as seen in Good Will Hunting - "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth...").

However, this year, Tommy Amaker's Harvard is a pretty good team. They're 8-3, beat Boston College, played Georgetown and UConn tough, and have a good RPI and strength of schedule. Most GWHoopsters are predicting GW loses, plus Tim Johnson will miss the game.

It's streamable on the Internet for money.

Here's Herve's preview. My boy's wicked smaht.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Let 'em shoot threes

Some chatter over at GWHoops.com about how GW lets teams get back into games from the three point line. Even with some of the recent close games, I have to say I'm pleased overall with the start to this season, seeing GW stay focused on the road, and hoping they can keep up the intensity as things start to get tougher.

To the three point accusations. Over the years it appears Hobbs prefers opponents shoot from deep. Kenpom defensive style stats show that Hobbs encourages opposing teams to live and die by the three. I don't know how much our annual two games against the Lutz long-bombers skew these numbers but the 3PA/FGA ratio indicates that opponents have tended to take significantly more 3s than 2s against us over the last 6 years compared to the D1 average. Gotta wonder the role this may play in Hobbs era BCS blowouts when teams tend to not only live, but thrive from downtown. The Providence game is the most recent and visceral memory.

Year - GW Defense 3PA/FGA [Rank] - D1 Defense 3PA/FGA Avg.

2010 - 40.5 [331] - 32.6
2009 - 39.9 [325] - 33.1
2008 - 42.9 [332] - 34.4
2007 - 38.7 [298] - 34.2
2006 - 35.3 [241] - 33.2
2005 - 37.4 [294] - 33.0
2004 - 34.8 [237] - 32.7

Is forcing (allowing?) opponents to take far more shots from three point land a good strategy?

Source: www.kenpom.com

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tonight: Holy Cross

GW plays Holy Cross today. The Crusaders are pretty crummy this year, 2-9 overall with their only wins over Marist and Brown (in overtime). The game is in Worcester (the home of Holy Cross) but since they're only 1-3 at home, that's not saying much.

And Bob Cousy went there so... that's something.

GW ought to win this one, but who knows with a young team. The game is at 7 pm and it looks like you can watch it online a number of places: maybe here, maybe here, here for money, and you can listen here.

Here's more on GWHoops.com from Herve and from the rest.

Image from here

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alumni tailgate for Xavier game

This is pretty cool: the Alumni House is hosting a tailgate for young alumni for the Xavier game on January 10th, with food and discounted tickets. You have to sign up here, and you can just get food if you already have your tickets. It starts at 10:30 am and is at the Alumni House, 1918 F Street NW.

Sounds like a good event, and since I think school is not in session for the X game, we'll need a lot of alums to come!

They also have discounted tickets for the rest of the games as well, in the alumni seating section.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Whither Fire Karl Hobbs?

As you may recall, a Fire Karl Hobbs blog started up during the particularly dismal times last season. I didn't agree 100% with the blogger, but I was pretty mad. However, probably thanks to the promising freshmen and hot start this season, the blog has been pretty quiet. In fact, the last post was in September, and the blogger claimed "If we win 9 games this year, FKH will nominate him for coach of the year." I guess he had better get that nomination ready.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GW beats Navy; Tonight: Providence

In the BB&T non-tourney, GW came out flat but turned it on to beat the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. The seamen kept in the game by hitting a broadside (see, nautical term) of open three after open three, but good games from Damian Hollis and Lasan Kromah torpedoed them in the end. GW held Navy to 37% shooting, forced 21 turnovers and had 11 steals, and scored 21 off those turnovers. Tim Johnson also scored 12 off 5/9 shooting. Bryan Bynes, David Pellom, and Daymon Warren were suspended for the game, something about overspending their student accounts.

As for the crowd and such, it wasn't very large, though Navy did bring a big contingent of cadets. I discovered that sometimes girls in uniform are pretty darn cute. Also odd was that the Navy mascot is not an admiral or a ship or something, it's a goat. However, the goat looks nothing like a goat and more like a ram.

At one point the goat came over to the GW student section, hung around the dance team for awhile, and then came up into the student section to a chorus of boos. One GW girl started hitting it with her foam finger, then the goat head-butted her, knocking her backwards and making her yelp, which was pretty lame. Then another GW kid tried to pull the goat's shorts down, and the goat pushed the kid back. After that, and more boos, the goat beat a retreat to calmer waters. Pretty bad form -- what mascot goes to the opponents' fan section to taunt them?

Anyway, today is Providence. The Friars are 6-3 with wins over no one in particular and losses to Alabama, Boston College, and Rhode Island. Interestingly, the team is recruiting GW style players, long, athletic types to run. They actually named GW in an article. Should be a good matchup.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Season tickets are really cheap. You should buy them.

By Max

Young Alumni tickets are eye-poppingly inexpensive for the end zone seats behind both baskets. Even the woefully underpaid, non-profit volunteer post-grad with a metro-checks stipend should be able to afford $40 for the season. That works out to about $2.67 per game. Hard to beat 30+ hours of live entertainment in DC for $40 bucks. Individual games can be had for as low as $9 a pop. Contact the athletic department for more info.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mason blogger deleting comments about GW

This is pretty lame. The blogger over at George Mason Basketball posted about the GW-GMU game. In the post, he included this:
The NCAA banned schools like GW from recruiting players from these high school "diploma mills" that had helped the school produce a winner. Left having to recruit locally against others GW hasn't adapted well and have recently been in the basement of the A-10 conference. Guys like Pops Mensah-Bonsu who starred for the Colonials would not be allowed to play in today's NCAA rules.
Now GW (and other local schools like Georgetown) did recruit players from schools that were called diploma mills. Those players were all ruled eligible by the NCAA, but it was kind of shady and I think it's fine to bring it up. However, Pops Mensah-Bonsu was not one of these guys -- he went to St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey, a legitimate school.

My fellow blogger Max responded on the blog a couple times in a very reasonable fashion denying that. One commenter had a reasoned back and forth with Max, but Ryan, the Mason blogger, responded saying "Info about Pops came from a few GW fans, so I don't know what to tell you." Max then responded with this:
Thanks variaban [the other commenter]

If you want to replace Pops with Omar Williams or Maureece Rice to rub salt in old wounds, that's your call.

I'm not sure how else to communicate the fact that Pops attended a legit high school. Maybe you should ask Rich Stone, senior on the George Mason soccer team, what he thinks about his alma mater St. Augustine being called a diploma mill.

http://gomason.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/stone_rich00.html
However, soon afterwards, Ryan deleted the comment. Max posted it again, and Ryan deleted it again. That's lame. It's a reasonable argument and worth discussing. You can see where variabian responded to Max's deleted comment also.

Max then posted something to the effect of "My last two comments have been deleted and I don't know why, so I'm not going to post any more. Good luck in the game." and Ryan, not surprisingly, deleted that also.

I've deleted comments here, but only if they are offensive -- for example I deleted a racist one recently. But legit discussion is legit discussion, and it's incredibly lame to flat out delete comments that disagree with you. I don't want to pick a fight here and I was hesitant to post, but I think it's unfair and I want to set the record straight on Pops.

Either way, I'm looking forward to the game.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

GW versus Mason today! Are you going?

It's the Battle of the Orange Line, with GW facing off against George Mason at the Smith Center tonight, 7 pm.

GW's been pushing the game (see beatgeorgemason.com) and it's gotten press elsewhere too, like the DC Sports Bog, Mister Irrelevant, and Dan Steinberg's chat. There's also talk about it on a Mason hoops blog, with Max challenging the blogger.

The game is also a Buff Out, so wear buff (i.e. don't be naked).

GW vs Mason -- are you ready?

NBC4 interview with Coach Hobbs tonight

Just got this in my email:
LUNCH WITH THE COACH
Has George Washington University's basketball team turned a corner? There's a lot of excitement about the current squad, and no one is more hopeful than the coach, Karl Hobbs. So does he think this team can make it to the Big Dance? Find out when Lindsay Czarniak sits down for lunch with Coach Hobbs tonight on News4 at 5.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Obama family at the GW vs Oregon State game

In case you were under a rock (or out of town) this weekend, GW faced Oregon State at the Smith Center on Saturday with the President and family in attendance. Michelle Obama's brother is Craig Robinson, the Oregon State coach.

The Smith Center had a big line about 30 minutes before the game, with folks going through metal detectors run by the Secret Service. I got in late due to standing in line, but spirits were high among everybody waiting. The only negative was that a lot of folks in line hadn't been to a game before, even if they had season tickets. But then again, it's good to have newcomers at the games.

The Obamas (Barack, Michelle, Michelle's mother, Sacha and Malia) sat in the first row behind the OSU bench (that's the President leaning forward in the picture) and they and watched GW play pretty badly for most of the game.

GW came out very flat, turning it over and making dumb plays to go down 14-0 to start the game. Finally they snapped out of their funk and improved, closing the gap to 8 at half time, thanks to a 10-0 run to end the half. The team, however, looked a lot like the team of the last two years, passing it around the perimeter and not really doing anything, then making bad passes and taking wild shots. In all, GW turned it over 18 times, including 6 from Tim Johnson and 4 from Damian Hollis and Tony Taylor. Taylor, however, did get 4 steals, 4 assists, and 7 points.

GW looked good only towards the end, where they brought the game from a 15 point deficit with 4:30 to go to 2 points with :33 to go, thanks to the usual Hobbs offense -- steals, traps, and points off turnovers. The crowd, small due in part to the Thanksgiving break, got rowdy. Other than those few minutes, however, there was no sustained solid play.

The team as a whole shot only 36.8% and 23.8% from three, due in part to a lack of actual plays run. The refs were also pretty quick to call fouls. Lasan Kromah played well again, scoring 15 on 6/10 shooting, while Bryan Bynes had an off game, going 1/7. Travis King looked lost, while Damian Hollis scored 13 on 4/13 shooting. Hermann Opoku played pretty poorly, going up soft, losing the ball, etc, and for some reason Joseph Katuka only played 2 minutes.

GW did force 23 Oregon State turnovers, but not many of those got converted into transition baskets, due to quick OSU resets and a pretty weak fast break game from GW.

The president seemed interested in the games, and clapped for good plays and for the half court shot contestants at halftime. He also spoke to folks sitting near him, and the whole fam looked pretty happy. One GWHoops commenter said Sasha or Malia was rooting for GW, which is cool, and all the players seemed thrilled after the game.

After the game, the players shook hands with the President, and Karl Hobbs spoke to the crowd about how great it was for the President to come to the game.

Here's the GWSports article, box score, Post article, and DC Sports Bog. The Hatchet had lots of coverage too.

Friday, November 27, 2009

What to do if the Secret Service join us for the Oregon game?

Post by Chris
To answer the previous post by Andrew I thought that I'd give it a shot. First of all if the President of the United States goes someplace (not that he's going to the Smitty or anything) there is significant activity before the event. That should mean that the doors will open early to get everyone in and through security. But they probably won't. That means long lines, and I mean long lines. Just hope that the students are all away for the Holiday.

I would guess that any entry to the Smitty will be manned with metal detectors, and nice guys just doing their job, dressed very nicely. They'll bring you through, and if you buzz, they'll run a wand over you to check you out. When you're cleared, you get to go to your seat. My guess is that there will be a lot of guys and girls around the Smith Center giving you the eye. Don't worry, they aren't looking at you THAT way. Sit down, and enjoy the game.

Now for a couple of do's and don'ts:

If you're one of those funny people who make funny jokes...don't. They don't have much of a sense of humor. You can be locked up for a "threat", and there's no where in the law that gives you a walk because of your sense of humor.

If you are impatient, don't be. You can't make it go any faster than it is. It's one of those situations that you just have to sit back and let it work it's way out.

If you generally carry lots of metal things, I suggest you don't. Leave it in the car, or at home. Don't bring little knifes either. Think of it like a plane trip. You might even want to leave your belt in the car!

If you have anything that is explosive, or had something explosive in your clothes, wear something else. They'll probably have dogs that sniff out gun powder and explosives. If you last wore your GW sweatshirt at the gun range, and forgot to wash it, you probably shouldn't wear it.

And last (though I'm sure that there's a lot more I could say...but if you're smart enough to be a Colonial fan, you're smart enough to figure it out!), remember if they ask you to jump on one leg and quack like a duck...do it. You can never win with them in any way, shape or form. They've got one of the toughest jobs in the country. They don't get the chance to have a bad day. If they do they've screwed up the country and the whole world. Just say, "Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am", and do it. And feel lucky enough that you get to see a game with the POTUS or the POTUS's wife.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What if the President or First Lady come to the Oregon State game?

There's a rumor on GWHoops that Pres. Obama and/or the First Lady might come to Saturday's Oregon State game, as the OSU coach, Craig Robinson, is Michelle Obama's brother. The Hatchet blogs quote GW types who say he's expressed interest.

That would be great, but what if it happens? Would people need to get there early to go through metal detectors or anything? Anybody attend the games where Pres Clinton was there?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tonight: Princeton

Hoping to improve to 4-0, GW faces a 2-1 Princeton team tonight at the Smith Center. The Tigers have beaten Western Michigan and Manhattan but lost to Army. They go about nine deep and play a pretty slow game, averaging about 61 points per game. Interestingly, Princeton leads the all-time series with GW 2-1. Let's hope we can even it up today.

If GW plays their game, I think the Princetonians will have a hard time keeping up. Then again, if the Tigers play a disciplined half-court Princeton-style offense, it could be trouble for the Colonials.

I am famous (not really)

Got interviewed by the pretty cool Princeton Basketball blog about the team. Take a look. (Scroll down to see it)

Monday, November 23, 2009

GW now 3-0, clobbers UMBC

The Colonials are off to a good start, winning two road games and crushing UMBC in the home opener, 94-51. The team dominated the Retrievers from the beginning, scoring 9 and forcing 4 turnovers before UMBC even took a shot. Freshman Lasan Kromah had a monster first half, scoring 20 in just ten minutes, including four treys in a row over less than 2 minutes, driving the Smith Center crowd wild. He was 6/9 from three for the game.

The team played the GW ball of old, forcing a lot of turnovers and converting them (27 points off 15 turnovers), getting good transition play and lots of alley-oops, and playing harassing, trapping defense. UMBC shot only 30.6% for the game. All around, it was a great time, especially the first half.

Everybody contributed, with every non-walk on player scoring. The team had 8 blocks and outrebounded UMBC 57-27, with David Pellom leading with 11 rebounds. He added 2 blocks, while Hollis had three. Jabari Edwards played well on both sides, and Kromah had a nasty block from behind, thanks to his speed. The entry passes were good, Tony Taylor controlled the game well, and Joseph Katuka had some nice post moves.

Like the West Georgia game, GW overmatched the opponent, but this time the Colonials had a better idea of their roles on the court. Something else nice to see was that Hobbs had a couple nice moments where he took players aside and taught them something (like with Opoku) rather than yelling at them or yanking them. I wonder if that's due to assistant coach Brian Ellerbe's involvement.

The new Smith Center looks great, and they have cool new player intros. The atmosphere was great too -- the students were loud, they turned off the lights in the upper seats, which was cool, and it was just a good energy. Hobbs even thanked the students in a letter to the Hatchet. Food-wise, I tried the chicken sandwich, which was pretty solid.

Here's the box score and game articles from the Post and two Hatchet articles.

Previous GW Home Openers

After the UMBC win, according to GWsports.com, GW has now won 21 consecutive home openers dating back to 1988. Here's a look back at 12 previous excitement-generating home openers:

Year - GW home opener attendance, Score of game over opponent

2009 - 1924, 94-51 over UMBC - LINK
2008 - 2650, 71-57 over Binghamton - LINK
2007 - 3644, 77-62 over St. Mary's - LINK
2006 - 3261, 94-49 over Dartmouth - LINK
2005 - 2217, 87-42 over Kennesaw St. - LINK
2004 - 2352, 94-70 over Morgan St. - LINK
2003 - 3452, 76-67 over Florida International - LINK
2002 - 2330, 68-54 over Mt. St. Mary's - LINK
2001 - 3216, 69-52 over Binghamton - LINK
2000 - 4289, 94-74 over Texas A&M - LINK
1999 - 3000, 80-74 over Indiana State - LINK
1998 - 3360, 92-89 over Old Dominion - LINK
1997 - 3143, 74-47 over American -
LINK

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New GW player intros

GW beat UMBC big time, 94-51. I'll write more soon, but for the time being, here's the player intros from the game. Pretty cool new thing this year, they turn off the lights and played music.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Season opener Sunday afternoon!

It's that time again, GW's season is nearly underway. The Colonials face UNC-Wilmington in Wilmington at 4:30 pm. Wilmington lost to Appalachian State earlier in their season, and this is the first time GW and UNCW have met since GW's come from behind win in the 2006 NCAA tournament. GW was down by 18 points, and thanks to an emotional Mike Hall who yelled at the team to do better, GW came back and took it.

This is not the UNC-W of old, however: they were 7-25 last season and 3-16 in the CAA, and they have 7 newcomers. That alone lets me hope GW will win, but hey, who knows. The Seahawks leading scorer last season is injured and may miss the game as well.

The game will be on 1500 AM, 820 AM and www.FederalNewsRadio.com, plus a game tracker on GWSports.com and I assume other sports websites.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Recap of the GW-West Georgia game


Well, all in all it wasn't bad. GW's offense was questionable, but having 6 freshmen could do that. I'll write about the game itself, then the Smith Center upgrades.

First off, GW won easily, 78-44, which is good. The offense for both teams was sluggish at first, but towards the second half GW started to heat up and score a lot. GW's defense was solid, getting a lot of turnovers and holding W. Georgia to 22.8% shooting, and it improved as the game went on -- more trapping and such. Damian Hollis, Joseph Katuka, Tony Taylor and freshmen Tim Johnson and Dwayne Smith started, which was a bit of a surprise.

It's hard to judge from one game, especially when so many players are new, but I noticed a few things. Joseph Katuka had some nice moves down low when he got the ball (mainly on high lob passes, some of which were inaccurate). Freshman Lasan Kromah led all scorers with 14 -- he was quick and made some nice moves to the basket and also hit two 3s. Freshman David Pellom played well on the boards and on defense, getting three steals; I liked what I saw from him. Damian Hollis only played 14 minutes but had 9 points and 8 boards. Freshman Bryan Bynes had 8 points and 6 boards, though honestly I didn't really notice him, despite him playing 26 minutes, more than anybody else -- maybe he'll be an Omar Williams type, getting it done but without being ostentatious. Jabari Edwards played, somewhat surprisingly, and scored 8 as well. Tony Taylor was 0/4 shooting, but did have four assists. Travis King was 1/6 and played 20 minutes and looked kind of off. Tim Johnson looked confident, and the other players didn't make too much of an impression on me.

They tried a few different alley-oops and big lobs passes without success, but the transition game was pretty good -- 15 steals and 20 points off turnovers, although GW committed 18 turnovers. The defense seemed to stiffen and play more trapping as the game went on. GW was only 5/20 from three (with Kromah hitting 2/5) and free throw shooting was also somewhat suspect, 13/25. It also looked like new assistant Brian Ellerbee was doing a lot of coaching on the floor.

I'm interested in seeing more, and seeing how the players integrate with the team.

As for the Smith Center, it's nice looking. The new seats look good, the luxury box under the end seats is pretty cool, and the painted the other wall opposite black, so it doesn't stand out as much as the old white wall. It looks like they made the seats above where the student section used to be at a lower angle, so there are more. The baskets are now attached to the wall rather than the ceiling, which means better views for those in the end seats (like me).


Individually packed dogs and chicken sandwiches

Food, however, hasn't improved much. They have chicken sandwiches now, which I haven't tried, but the hot dogs are still kind of bad. The meat was ok (supposedly it's Nathan's, but didn't taste like that) but the buns were simultaneously hard in some parts and mushy in others. It was also $7 for a dog and water, which used to be cheaper. But still, not too pricey.

They also had King and Hollis jerseys for sale, plus lots of other merchandise. Finally, the band played the alma mater at the end of the game, instead of a Karl Hobbs radio interview. Kind of cool to see.

Here's the box score and recap from GWSports.com, and from the Hatchet, plus two Hatchet blog posts.

Friday, November 6, 2009

GW vs West Georgia tomorrow! What I'll be looking for:

GW plays West Georgia tomorrow at the Smith Center at 1 pm, the first exhibition game of the season. Here's what I'll be looking for:

--The freshmen! Who plays where, and how they do. It might be tough to keep track of them at first, considering there are 6.

--The returnees: how everybody fits in. Does the offense run through Damian Hollis? How is Katuka? How about Aaron Ware and Tony Taylor? Does Opoku play?

--Travis King: how does he look?

--What's the story with the updated concession stand? It can pretty much only get better.

How about you? What's on your mind?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

GW gear on CBS Sports web shop

Just saw this on the CBS Sports store -- they have some GW gear for sale. Not a lot, but nice to see GW stuff in places other than the bookstore.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GW vs Georgetown: Midnight Madness

Despite not playing since 1983, GW and Georgetown are rivals. At least from GW's point of view.

However, let's take Midnight Madness for example. At GW's Colonial Invasion, the players put on white suits and dance to "Thriller."

At Georgetown, a kid steals a Park Police officer's gun and shoots a toilet in the McDonough Arena bathroom. No, seriously.

What the hell?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tons of cool GW hoops videos now on the interwebs

Pretty awesome -- there's a new Youtube account called GWFanVideos with tons of videos -- highlights from the Sweet 16 team, meet the players videos, and this one: are you buff enough?



I think this is great, GW is really doing a lot of work to embrace new technologies and get themselves out there. For example, GW officials use Twitter more than any other university. Nice to see!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mike Hall in Milan

Mike Hall from the 2002-2006 seasons (and tri-captain in the 27-3 05-06 season) is currently playing professional basketball in Milan, Italy. While there are those of us would would give everything for that opportunity, it seems as if the realities of professional sports aren't the same as the fantasies of sports fans. Mike posted this on his Facebook page today:

"Im taking it back 10 years to '99 where I could play this game without any politics, contracts, or scouting reports..Taking it back to a kid that would go to every park in Chicago with the "family" & kill everybody & talk sh*t ...while doing it then go to Burger King & pay in all quarters...Im going to find a Burger King in Milan right now then watch my Jordan dvd all night".

I guess that being a pro isn't all that it's cracked up to be, though maybe this is just remembering the old days for him. I guess we all long for a return to simpler times. In any case I know that Colonial fans all over the world wish for the best for our friend Mike Hall.

While we're talking about the "glory days," Danilo "JR" Pinnock is playing in Israel. He's mentioned in the past that he wasn't paid his full salary while he was playing in Italy. It seems as if the "foreign" players in the European leagues don't get treated as we would think that basketball pros would be treated. I haven't heard from JR of late (meaning he hasn't Twittered lately), and I hope that all is well in Israel for him.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wanna play for GW? Try out!

Want to be the next Mark Lund, Lewie Helton, or Monty Singh Johnny Lee? Try out for the team! Here's the full details:
The George Washington men's basketball team will hold a one-hour open tryout on Monday, Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Charles E. Smith Center. The tryout is open to full-time undergraduate male students. Individuals who plan to try out must have had a physical within the last five months and must complete the required paperwork which includes a walk-on eligibility form and waiver of liability form. For the required forms that must be completed prior to the tryout, contact Tyrone Lockhart, Director of Basketball Operations at (202) 994-1475.

Friday, October 9, 2009

This Year's Freshmen: Bryan Bynes

Post by Chris

This 5th edition of This Year's Freshmen is on Bryan Bynes, a shooting guard from south Florida. See the rest of This Year's Freshman here.

Bryan Bynes
Fort Lauderdale, FL, Boyd Anderson High School
6'3” 170 to 185 lbs

According to ESPN, Bynes can provide highlights in transition. He sprints the wing and will finish over defenders as he attacks the rim with great speed and explosiveness. He is wiry and has the ability to drive and slash both ways to the rim although he seems to like to go left. Bynes has a nice mid range pull up jumper. He has great elevation and smooth release. He is a good ball handler and decent passer. He can beat he man with a quick first step and can find the open man when he draws a crowd in the lane.

The offensive glass is another area that Bynes scores a bucket or two. His long arms and athletic ability help him keep the ball alive and get it back on the rim. Defensively he has excellent foot speed when defending the ball and quick hands to keep the ball handler at bay. Bynes plays with urgency and can make winning plays late in the game. Bryan is capable of playing either guard position.

The Bad: Bynes is very thin and will need to add strength but is stronger than he looks. From behind the arc Bynes can knock down the open three when he has his feet set but is still considered streaky. He doesn't often create his own shot and is consequently someone who needs to be surrounded by other good players in order to be effective.

According to MaxPreps, Bynes averaged 15.6 points a game, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 Turnovers per game, with 6 games over 20 at Anderson. The Miami Herald gave him 17 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. The Herald went on to say that “while he has become a dangerous three-pointer shooter, Bynes will be remembered most for an exciting dunking style that earned him the nickname ''Kobe''. His signature play came in the Kreul Classic last December when he threw down a tomahawk dunk over Montverde Prep 7-foot center Ruslan Pateev, while being fouled.”

Miami Tropics Live rates him as the 12th best graduating player in Florida. Here's his GW profile.

He was actively recruited by Charlotte, UAB, FAU, South Florida, Marshall, Old Dominion and George Mason.

Friday, October 2, 2009

See the new Smith Center soon!

Got this in the email today, sounds cool.
Dear Season Ticket Holder,

Are you unsure about which section to request in the newly renovated Charles E. Smith Center this upcoming basketball season? Here are some opportunities to check out the new arena before the renewal deadline on October 9:

Friday, October 2:
7pm

Join us for the “Smith Center Court Debut” to watch the GW Women’s Volleyball team take on Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island. Print the attached coupon and bring it to the Smith Center for free admission to this exciting volleyball match. This event has been highlighted as part of Athletic Alumni Weekend. For more information, please visit http://alumni.gwu.edu/aw/athletics. Please note: Only lower bowl and end zone seating options will be open at this event – for a complete view of all available seating options, please read below:

Saturday, October 3:
11am-3pm

Stop by the Charles E. Smith Center from 11am-3pm on Saturday, October 3rd for a complete view of all available seating options for the upcoming men’s basketball season. Meet some of our Fan Services Representatives in person and get your questions answered about Club memberships and season tickets. This is a great opportunity to view your seating section before making your final request.

If you have any additional questions regarding the events listed above, please contact your Fan Services Representative or call 202-994-6650.

For up-to-date news and information on all of your favorite GW teams, please visit www.GWsports.com.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GW season ticket brochure is out

Many in the GW fan world have already received their hard copy of the season ticket brochure. As a whole, it's clear that the basketball program is trying to pro-actively court fans following the last two disappointing seasons. For that, major kudos. Here are some of the views from the community at gwhoops.com.

If you haven't seen it, you can also find a digital copy of the brochure on the website.

Now scoop up those tickets!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New commitment for 2011: Erik Copes

Looks like GW's already got an oral commitment for the 2011-2012 freshman class: Erik Copes, who happens to be assistant coach Roland Houston's nephew.

Apparently he had schools like Temple, West Virginia and Providence after him. Apparently he's a defensive specialist who averaged 2.5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks as a sophomore.

Here's another article on him, and a recruiting roundup which also lists UConn and Wake Forest as being interested.

Copes goes to Imhotep Charter school in Philly. Their mascot is pictured.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New blog by women's hoopsters

This is pretty cool -- some GW women's basketball players are blogging on the GWSports.com site.

So far there's only been two posts, but I really do think GW is doing a good job with publicity and such lately -- blogs, Twitter and Facebook, getting the schedule out, articles about recruits, letters to fans, and so on. Really glad to see it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I got interviewed at a Dayton blog

Mr. Obrien from the pretty funny Dayton blog the Blackburn Review interviewed me a couple weeks ago about the program.

Have a look here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tony Taylor: a sophomore to watch

College Chalk Talk, a good A-10 blog, has a list of 10 sophomores to watch, and GW's Tony Taylor makes the list. Here's what they have to say:
Tony Taylor (GW): Taylor returns for his second season in Foggy Bottom, this time as a ‘veteran’ presence on a team that will welcome six freshman to the mix. Taylor scored 6.6 points, grabbed two boards and dished out 2.8 assists per contest last year as a frosh. With the graduation of Rob Diggs, the guard will be asked to score more, while also being charged with creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. Last season Taylor shot just 32% from the floor, a stat which he must improve. And with the Colonials lacking an inside presence open jumpers will be tough to come by, so he’ll need to do it the old fashioned way - via the drive. Last season, he reached the stripe 89 times. Look for that number to increase considerably as a comfortable Taylor truly takes the reins this season.
I hope they're right. Tony had moments of strong play with other times where he kind of disappeared. Of course, being a freshman point guard is never easy, so I look forward to seeing how he does this year.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Coach Hobbs on Twitter

Looks like GW coach Karl Hobbs now has a Twitter account: @GWCoachHobbs. GW has done a good job with outreach lately (letters, etc that I've been meaning to post about) and I'm glad he's on Twitter.

Hopefully this won't go like the Hobbs Blog, which had about 2 posts before it stopped getting updated.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Women's basketball championship to PG County


According to the GWSports.com, the 2010 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship will be held March 5-8 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Prince Georges County, Maryland.

The Show Place Arena features stadium-style seating for over 4,500 fans and is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation/Prince George's County, Md.

You can have a virtual tour of the arena here. The arena hosts quite a few equestrian events, having indoor and outdoor stables, it also hosts rodeos, concerts, wrestling (the fake kind, not the real kind), as well as boxing events.

The first round of the A-10 Championship is scheduled to tip off on Friday, March 5, with the top four teams earning a bye. Quarterfinal play will continue on Saturday, March 6, with the Semifinal round on Sunday, March 7. The Championship game will be held on Monday, March 8, and televised live on ESPN2 at 5:00 pm. This is the first time in the 28-year history of the Championship that the tournament will be held at a neutral site, though it’s just 17 miles away from GW.

Could this be the toes in the water for the A-10 to have new venues? Venues that are in a “neutral” territory? Could the next move be to Newport News or Norfolk Virginia, where the A-10 will be headquartered?

Friday, September 4, 2009

This Year's Freshmen: Tim Johnson

Tim “TJ” Johnson is a 6'4” to 6'5”, 180-pound guard from Harvey, IL.

According to ESPN Insider, Johnson has very explosive leaping ability and good length. Johnson uses his quickness to drive past opposing defenders on his way to the rim. He also uses his leaping ability when he gets into the mid-range area of the floor by leaping high enough on his pull-up jumper to see over the out-stretched arms of perimeter defenders for shots. Johnson really excels as an on-ball defender, using his length and quick feet to hound opposing ball-handlers into frustration and fatigue, which ultimately leads to turnovers. He plays with great passion and energy and cheers on his teammates very well.

The bad: He will also hit the 3-point shot, though he needs to improve his consistency from 3-point territory.

To me this is the first recruit who fits in well with Karl Hobbs. He sounds to me, dare I say it, like another JR.

If you check out his Lee Academy year, you can see that he seems to always be part of the game, and perhaps as a good sign, he played with an international group of players. He was considered a leader of the team, and you put everything together, and I think that this might be the diamond in the group of recruits.

Here's the announcement from GW.

Here's a couple YouTube videos of Johnson in a dunk contest and his team playing in a tourney:



Monday, August 31, 2009

Smith Center renovation photos up

Nice! GWSports.com posted a bunch of photos of the Smith Center renovations, showing the court, locker room, workout areas, and more. All of it looks pretty nice. Here it out here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CBS Sports preview of GW

CBS Sports has a preview up for this year's season, and it's pretty decent. They make points I agree with, like Katuka having a big role this year, but don't mention the freshmen too much. But like Reading Rainbow, don't take my word for it, take a look.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This Year's Freshmen: Dwayne Smith

By Chris

The next in our This Year's Freshmen series is Dwayne Smith from Toronto, Ontario. Smith went to Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine, and is 6'5” to 6'6", from 185 to 215 lbs.

Smith was thought to be coming to GW last season, but due to NCAA rules and the fact that he is from the Canadian school system, he was required to attend a prep school before his was allowed to join us.

ESPN reports that he has very good athleticism, quickness, and leaping ability, and good body control adjusting well in the mid-air for lay-ins when faced by an interior defenders. His shooting range extends out to the 3-point line. He also runs the floor well and finishes off plays in transition. Smith has the length and the lateral quickness to become a dominant wing defender.

Shortcomings noted by ESPN are that Smith needs to improve his ball-handling skills, and that he does not exert maximum effort at the defensive end at all times.

According to DCMetroSports and Comcast Sportsnet, Smith averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals a game as a senior at Bridgton Academy. They say that he is noted for his rebounding and court vision. According to his coach at Bridgton, “He’s a gifted scorer but could become a tough defender. Very good rebounder for his size and plays bigger than 6-6. He is perfectly suited for GW’s tempo and style. Great kid on and off the floor, very well-regarded by his teachers and peers alike.”

Coach Hobbs on Smith: “Dwayne is a very mature, physically strong player who is very athletic and runs the floor well. He will give us some maturity in terms of his basketball experience.”

According to Pat Stevens' 2008-09 rankings of all prep school players, Smith was listed as #27. Pretty solid! Here's his Bridgton profile.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mid-major Scheduling Woes

Interesting piece on the scheduling woes of successful mid-majors and how Siena is dealing with it. Luckily we're playing low major ball these days.

http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=977709

Might lend a bit of credence to the "we were too good no one wanted to schedule us" line circa 2004-2007 and partially explain the anticipated majors (one specifically comes to mind from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations) who've returned to the docket for GW's true 'rebuilding' in 09-10. As a side note, did it take a recent mid-major coach from Drake to make it happen? At any rate, the 09-10 schedule certainly beats any I can remember from the last 5 years.

During the 2004-2007 era, do you think think a GW assistant "...called or at least left messages with each Division I school as he searched for potential non-conference opponents. Even when a school said it had completed its schedule, [did he] call again just to make sure [?] " Would have been nice to hear more details other than the standard "of course Duke won't come to the Smith Center" dismissal. Maybe the Coach/AD are worried about 'bad-mouthing' the big boys who won't play nice once GW can compete so that we'll still be able to schedule them when we can't compete? Hopefully the paranoia runs deep enough that there are secret tape recordings that someone can sue to acquire and publish. We have some GW fans at the Post, right? Steinberg? Maybe Colucci can be "Deep Threat". Okay that's enough...

Also interesting: The coach mentioned trying to lock in multi-year contracts for next season before the NCAA tournament starts. How long does it take for a middling program to cross over to perenial mid-major contender (Memphis, Xavier, Gonzaga, Butler) and drop the mid-major tricks of the trade? Win your league (or league tournament) each year and make some noise in March year-in year-out for...... 5 years? 10 years? Survive key personnel departures like coaches and players? Reach the final four?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pops comes to verbal agreement with Rockets

Nice! Pops and the Rockets have reached a verbal agreement. Glad to see it! Not sure on the details yet, stay tuned.

This Year's Freshmen: Lasan Kromah

Post by Chris

Next up in our This Year's Freshman series is local recruit Lasan Kromah from Prince George's County, Maryland.

Lasan is 6'4” to 6'6”, 175 to 185 pounds and went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.

The good: According to Keith Stevens, a director of Triple Threat (an AAU
team) Kromah has displayed an ability to shoot and finish craftily around the basket. Kromah has said that he will play as a guard in college, though he played the three position in high school (a sign of his willingness to put team before his own desires - seemingly a necessity with GW). Brenden O'Connell from Roosevelt said "He is definitely a Division I prospect. He is hitting nearly 45 percent of his 3-point attempts, but mostly he is just a flat-out scorer. He can shoot deep, get to the rim and he has a good mid-range game. I think he has the skills to play wing guard in college, though as he gets bigger and stronger, I think he can also play small forward at the next level." Good, because GW will need scorers.

The bad: According to Lasan himself, to prepare for college, he needs to improve his ball handling in traffic and the overall consistency of his game – particularly on the defensive end of the floor. Let's hope his consistency has improved, as we all know what happens on this team when you're inconsistent!

Why is he coming to Foggy Bottom when he had offers from VCU, GMU, UNCW, among others? He spoke to the Post's Recruiting Insider blog:

"Other schools were recruiting me and calling sometimes, but George Washington was the most consistent, staying in contact and showing a lot of interest," Kromah said. "There's a bond there that I feel comfortable with."

"I felt comfortable with [George Washington's] coaching staff, their style of up-and-down, fast-break play."

And awesomely, Kromah has lots of videos on the interwebs:

--Shooting in a 3 point contest
--Interview after a game
--Highlights
--Capitol Hoops interview

Photo by Chris Gregory/GW Hatchet

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Smith Center photos up!



Thanks to the new GW Sports Facebook page and Twitter, I've seen these new Smith Center renovation photos. The first thing I notice is the luxury box where the blank white wall used to be, which is awesome, and overall it looks pretty cool. (Click the photo for the full version).

They're using the new logo and installed seats to replace the benches (which appear to be pulled back in the photos below).



Not sure who took the top photo, but the four bottom photos from the GW Sports Facebook page.

GW Sports now on Facebook and Twitter

I've already written about GW Sports on Twitter, and now they're on Facebook too. And it's already proved useful -- they posted photos of the Smith Center renovations. Check them out!

I'll post the photos here soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New GW athletics photo store

Pretty cool, GW just launched where you can buy photos of GW sports. Here's the link to the store and the basketball stuff. Looks like it starts with about the 2005 season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A-10 headquarters moving to Newport News

he news this week is that the Atlantic 10 headquarters is moving from Philadelphia to Newport News, Virginia. While Philadelphia holds three A-10 teams (St. Joseph's, Temple, and LaSalle), they are moving to a state where there is only one team (The University of Richmond, a good hour drive from Newport News).

According to Chas Rich of NCAA Fanhouse, “the move is apparently driven by economics, as the city's development office actively courted the A-10 to move” to the City Center at Oyster Point, which is described by them as “premier Class A office space.”

The Philadelphia Daily News quoted the A-10 Commissioner, Bernadette McGlade, as saying "Moving the office to a new region of the Atlantic 10 footprint is an opportunity to further brand the A-10."

But as noted on GWHoops, the new City Center is near a major airport (Norfolk), has a number of potential “recruits” (Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Hampton University, as well as nearby William and Mary and Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University). Many of those schools have been thought as possible A-10 members if the A-10 decides to grow some more.

In addition, there are at least 3 basketball arenas in the area, that could be utilized for an Atlantic 10 tournament, if the A-10 decides to leave Atlantic City, which is probably also costly. One such arena is the Hampton Coliseum, which used to house the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association (the team that first drafted Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts). In addition to basketball, the Hampton Coliseum hosts concerts, including Elvis twice, and the Grateful Dead 21 times. Word is that Elvis has left the building though.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pat Joyce highlights!

Remember Pat Joyce? He was one of the walk-ons everybody loves from 2004-2005 ago playing in a beat down against URI. Former GW coach Mike Jahvis is doing the commentary.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Smith Center update: benches gone, replaced with seats

Via the GW Spirit Program Twitter page: "bleachers are gone in the GWU Smith Center, replaced by nice chair-back seats." I've also heard the center court logo has been replaced. Sounds like the renovation is coming along.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Traffic record for Colonial Hoops!

Whoa!

I was checking my Statcounter today and we crushed the previous Colonial Hoops traffic record, which was about about 700 unique visitors or 800 page loads -- currently there's about 1,300 unique visitors and 1,500 page loads! I expect the number to go up, since we're still pretty early in the day.

The reason for the surge is my scoop (yeah, I'm calling it that) about the new logo got linked from UniWatch, a cool blog about sports uniforms and logos.

This Year's Freshmen: David Pellom

This is a new series from new blogger Chris on the incoming GW freshmen, talking about how they play and more. The first up is David Pellom.

David Pellom 6' 8” (6'7” low), 210 lbs. (190 lbs. low) Hails from North Carolina, a state with a couple of universities that have basketball teams, including one in the Atlantic 10. He graduated from high school last year, and choose to take a year in Charis Prep School. ESPN said the reason was to increase his chances for college “opportunities”.

ESPN describes him as having good ball handling, passing and outside shooting abilities, and say that he's a finesse player with a lot of “upside”. They say that he can become a significant player for the Colonials.

Karl Hobbs described Pellom as "another in the mold of the long, lean athletic forwards we've had. He's a runner and a terrific shot-blocker who will give us instant energy on defense. He's also an above-average scorer around the basket."

The bad is that ESPN says he needs to add weight and muscle, does not like physical contact, prefers playing on the perimeter (potentially a problem as on this team, you play where Coach Hobbs wants you to play. Period. And at 6'8” he could end up as a Center), and was suspended a couple games in high school for yelling at the coach, but for what it's worth, the coach apparently left after that season. Lastly it appears as if he was a part-time starter at Charis Prep, though Charis was the champion of the National Prep School basketball tournament.

Here's his Scout and Rivals pages.

What do you think?

This post by Chris

Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome to a new blogger!

We've got another blogger here at Colonial Hoops named Chris, who you may be familiar with as ChrisW at GWHoops.com. Chris has been a GW fan for awhile, moving back to the area in 2005 just in time to catch Pops. Aside from work, he's written 4 unpublished novels, 7 feature-length screenplays and a sitcom pilot, including an indie film called The Fig Garden.

Welcome! Chris has some posts about the new recruits coming soon, so stay tuned!

Anna Montañana joins WNBA team

Former GW women's b-ball star Anna Montañana joined the Minnesota Lynx on Monday, and played against LA. Pretty cool to see, Montañana was my favorite women's player back when I used to go to all the games -- she was a do-anything forward and I believe had a triple double.

Before the Lynx, she led her Spanish pro team to the league title, was on the Spanish national team in the Olympics, and had lots of success at GW - a bunch of A-10 West championships and NCAA tourneys.

I bought a Montañana jersey at that jersey sale earlier in the year, and her number was 21, same as Pops.

Here's the WNBA press release.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New GW logo!

I posted about all the GW Twitter pages the other day, and on the one for the GW Spirit program I noticed something: a logo of George Washington's face I'd never seen before. I emailed the Spirit Program, and GW Spirit director Nichole Macchione-Early said this is in fact the new logo for athletics, replacing the current one of George's face, like on the back of this cap.

I like it!

It looks like they also changed the color of the GW logo too, to make it more buff, and that one's being used on GWSports.com, like in this article. I emailed GW sports information director Brad Bower to learn more about the logos, so stay tuned.

What do you think?

Weird Matt Albritton highlight video

Found this on Youtube awhile ago, pretty weird: it's Matt Allbritton's video announcing his transfer, I guess meant for other schools to watch. Not a bad idea, but the video's highlights aren't really highlights -- he catches the tip off, makes a couple shots, misses a 3, then does stuff like dribble. And they repeat the highlights later, interspersed with quotes from Hobbs and athletics officials. Kind of odd. But hey, he signed with Texas Pan-American, and best of luck to him.



I guess part of the reason I think it's weird is because there was always this strange Matt Allbritton hype team, they'd come onto any blog post I wrote about him or on GWHoops and just say ridiculous things -- I was going to eat my words after I asked who he was, because he's going to lead GW to the NCAAs, that he was recruited by all these Big East schools, etc etc. It was strange. But like I said, best of luck.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Following GW basketball on Twitter

So I've known about Pops Mensah-Bonsu's Twitter for awhile, and recently found out that Danilo (JR) Pinnock has one, so I decided to look for as many GW basketball-related ones I could find. Check them out:

*Pops (which is pretty funny)
*Danilo Pinnock
*Dokun Akingbade (rarely used)
*The Hatchet (more than hoops)
*Colonial Army
*GWSports (official)
*GW Spirit Program (pretty useful)
*GW Cheer Team
*GW Dance Team (the First Ladies)
*GWTweets (the official GW news office)
*Atlantic 10 Sports
*WRGW News
*and me - since I do blog about it

and semi related:

*GW Swimming

If you know any others that might be of interest, post them in the comments!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Recruits announced on GWSports.com

Been meaning to post this, but GW released some info on the recruits -- nice to see this.

The six players are guards Bryan Bynes, Tim Johnson and Lasan Kromah, and forwards David Pellom, Dwayne Smith and Daymon Warren.

The guards all sound pretty impressive. As for big men, where I'd argue we need the help most, Warren sounds like he might be a Dokun type, Smith sounds like Omar Williams, and Pellom, dare I say it, a bit like Pops. But like Highlander, there can be only one!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Raptors make offer for Pops

Good! About time.

The article says "As a restricted free agent, Mensah-Bonsu can sign an offer sheet with another team, but Toronto now owns the right of first refusal."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

GW hires former Michigan coach as assistant

This might be good news - GW hired Brian Ellerbe, former head coach at Michigan and Loyola, as an assistant. Apparently he's a good Xs and Os guy and a good recruiter, both of which can help GW. Some at GWHoops debate whether Hobbs wanted him and what's wrong with him that he's coming here. Ellerbe has been out of coaching for 8-10 years after Michigan was hit with violations due to payments by a booster. Apparently Ellerbe wasn't involved, as he came to Michigan after the violations happened.

Of course, this is GW, so people always look at the glass as half empty. One poster says it was 100% Hobbs' idea to bring him in, and others speculate that maybe he just didn't want to coach again for awhile. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt - he seems like a good fit.

Michigan fans apparently hate the guy, but they're mostly lunatics who hate everybody who hasn't brought them a national championship.

Picture from back in the Michigan days, when he had more hair

Friday, June 19, 2009

Follow Pops on Twitter

Looks like Pops Mensah-Bonsu has joined the newest web sensation, Twitter. So far he only has one post, but hey, it's early.

And I saw it on his Facebook page, so it must be legit.

Also, Shaq has one, and it's pretty funny.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mo Rice to play for Cavs summer league team

Pretty good news for Mr. Rice, who played last season for the D-League Erie Bayhawks, where he averaged 18.7 points per game. The NBA Summer League plays in Vegas from July 10-19.

Here's Bayhawks coach John Treloar on Rice:
"(The Cavaliers) feel like he had a very good first year in the D-League"...

"I'm sure they want to continue to evaluate his growth as he goes along. It's just part of the process of him continuing to work and try to get better to at some point make an NBA roster."
The Erie newspaper has more.

Photo from the D-League website last season

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Danilo Pinnock playing in Puerto Rico

Thanks to Spanish 9 at GW and Google, it looks like Danilo Pinnock has moved from Argentina to play for the Capitanes of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, after some health issues with his dad. Here's what Google translator has to say:
Fortunately, it seems, is the father of improved U.S.-Panamanian Danilo Pinnock, since it reappeared in the Superior League of Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 17, hired by Captains Arecibo in part in Santurce Cangrejeros.

It is recalled that he left in a banda Liberty in the midst of the semifinals, as claimed, because his father had heart problems.

Now, a question that appears from this situation and the way he is: Freedom of Sunchales given transfer or unlawful Pinnock's playing?
Another article seems to say he was released.

Monday, June 8, 2009

GW to face Navy in BB&T

Well, not the greatest matchup, especially since Maryland gets Villanova, but hey, it's a game.

Too bad Georgetown, Mason, and AU aren't involved.

Monday, May 25, 2009

GW cheerleaders in competition

So I've always heard that the GW cheerleaders did pretty well in the various cheerleader competitions you see on ESPN2 at random hours. I think it's also why all the girls on the team are 5 feet tall (or smaller). Found this clip of them on Youtube. Interesting, but weird that they don't do that stuff at games.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Johnny Lee joins Lipscomb U team

Looks like Mr. Lee has found a new home, at Lipscomb University (formerly David Lipscomb, as of 2005). Hope he does well. Hat tip to the Hatchet for finding this via the AP. The Hatchet had a nice article about him a few weeks back.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rumor: Hofstra to A-10 in 2 years

So this is just a rumor and could be totally bogus, but this is what a GWHoops.com poster has to say about the Hofstra to A-10 rumors:
One of my fellow AAU girls coaches here in Philly area told me that Hofstra is joining A10 in 2 years. Why should this matter. His daughter is the prized recruit for Hofstra and will be Frosh this upcoming year. The coach calls from time-to-time to check in with her as she gets ready to graduate and was told this weekend the A10 move is definite.
Of course, prior to this message, other posters say it would never happen.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hofstra to the A-10?

Looks like Hofstra is looking at leaving the CAA, and the A-10 is their first choice. Seems ok to me -- it's not a super-well known school, but hey, neither is St. Bonaventure. And I'd definitely be in favor if we can kick out Fordham or Bonaventure.

Hofstra is Long Island's largest private college, meaning this would be the A-10's second Long Island school. The first, of course, is GW. Ha!

Monday, May 4, 2009

GWHoops.com down, Herve's working on it

Got this email this weekend from Herve, the GWHoops.com owner/moderator/founder etc.

gwhoops.com is down as the server has some software issues and I can't get to it. I'm 95% it will be fine and hopefully will be back-up this week.

it is, in fact, the off-season.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nice Hatchet article on Johnny Lee

The Hatchet has a nice piece on Johnny Lee, talking about his rise from regular student to walk-on to fan favorite to starter. He's thinking about going to grad school at Lipscomb or Stony Brook and playing one more year of college hoops there. I guess that means academics are taking priority over basketball here, which is pretty cool to see.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oregon State, Obama(?) to the Smith Center next year

Looks like Oregon State, where Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is head coach, will be playing at the Smith Center next season. Good to see, as for one, this is a team from a big conference, and two, maybe that means the Obamas will show up. It was big news when Bill Clinton came to GW in 1993, and this would be big news also. Hooper at GWhoops.com says they will be in the house.

Of course, maybe not. Oregon State played at Howard this past season and the Obamas weren't in the house. Plus, Howard won and the Howard fans stormed the court, including a guy in a Howard cape. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Also in Oregon news, former GW recruit Jared Cunningham, who was from the state and didn't qualify, won't be playing -- Oregon State has a player with the same name, but it's a different person. Odd.

Picture of a t-shirt from UNDRCRWN

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pops vs. the Wiz yesterday in DC

Pops Mensah-Bonsu and the Raptors were in town yesterday against the Wizards, and the Whale Killer had a good game, with 9 points, 12 boards, and 5 steals in 20 minutes. The Raptors came from 13 down with 6:30 left to win it, with Chris Bosh hitting a three with a couple seconds left. Good game, and both the TV and Verizon Center announcers talked about Pops a lot. Check out the photo in the Toronto Globe & Mail. He's all over Google News too.

There was also some kind of on-campus event for Pops, but I don't know much about it.

In other Pops news, the Raptors will make a qualifying offer to him, meaning if another club makes an offer for him, they have a right to match it. Nice.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

10 minutes of Sir Valiant Brown

I may have posted this before, but it's too good to ignore - a 10 minute Youtube video on Sirvaliant Brown, who was a star at GW and the nation's 2nd-leading scorer his freshman year in the 1999-2000 season with 24.6 ppg.



Brown scored a lot, but he also had a green light at all times from Tom Penders, so he shot all the time at around a 30% pace. He struggled his second year, and then left school, entering the NBA draft - supposedly because of bad grades and bad advice. He didn't get drafted and has been bouncing around overseas and in smaller leagues in the US.

Anyway, there's 10 minutes of him. And here's Sports Illustrated on him.

Vintage Colonials gear for sale tomorrow

Just got this in a press release, sounds pretty cool. Unfortunately, it's in the middle of the day, and there was no advance warning.

On Sale Tomorrow!

What: Blowout Sale on Vintage GW Athletic Apparel
* This includes team jerseys, warm-ups, and more!
* Prices range from $5-$25
* We accept cash, check, and credit card (no GWorld)

When: Wednesday, April 8th, 2009,
10am-2pm

Where: Box Office of the Charles E. Smith Center (please use 22nd Street entrance)

GO COLONIALS!
You can get college basketball tickets here.