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.
You can get college basketball tickets here.