Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day off tomorrow? Go see GW play Holy Cross!

I'm going to pretend the GW-UAB game didn't happen.

So let's move on! GW is playing the Crusaders of Holy Cross, Worcester's finest (suck it, Clark and WPI) on Friday at 3 pm. It's kids day, so if you have little kids, bring them at 2 and they can meet the mascots and get free stuff.

Holy Cross is 1-10, so this might be a good game to check out. Let's hope.

Monday, December 20, 2010

SER-BI-A! Mikic named A-10 freshman of the week

And for good reason. Mikic scored 19 against Oregon State on Saturday, hitting 6 of 10 threes. Nice to see him getting some props.

Here's the GWSports article.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wow, we won! GW 87-Oregon State 79

I certainly didn't see this coming: GW winning on the road against a BCS team. Sure, not a great BCS team (300+ RPI) but hey, I'm happy.

Tony Taylor had a great game, 19 points and 11 assists, while as predicted by OSU fans, Nemanja Mikic had a big game, scoring 19 as well on 6 threes. Dwayne Smith and Bryan Bynes (who has gotten a lot of crap lately on GWHoops) also scored in double figures.

Sounds like GW played its game, forcing 20 turnovers and frustrating Oregon State's offense. The team finally shot well, hitting 58% in the first half and 54% overall, plus 47% from three, making 11.

I wonder if this is GW turning the corner on the season? Or just a fluke game? Your thoughts?

Here's GWSports on the win, and GWHoopsters wringing their hands.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oregon State tonight: I got interviewed by a Beaver blog

GW plays Oregon State tonight. Last year, of course, the Obamas came to the Smith Center to see Mrs. Obama's brother, who coaches the Beavers. This year, we will probably lose big time.

I also got interviewed on Building the Dam, an Oregon State blog. Check it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So we beat Towson: now what?

GW returned to the strategy of old against Towson: press, trap, force turnovers, get transition buckets. Of course, Towson is a bad team, so they probably could have run the usual Hobbs-wheel or run the triple option and done ok.

But is this the future this season for GW? Can the good guys do this new/old style of play ("GW Basketball" as Hobbs calls it -- he even has a video about it) and win some games? They also need to stop the three, get penetration (which they did against Towson) and find some go-to scorers. A tall order.

And I don't think GW can do that against Oregon State. Your thoughts?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cool interactive media guide for GW

Maybe all isn't lost. I recently discovered this interactive guide to the GW team, which is pretty cool. It's well-designed and has cool videos in it, as well as some neat facts and nice photos.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Fire Hobbs chatter heats up

It looks like, for maybe the first time in history, the residents of GWHoops are unanimous about something -- displeasure with Hobbs' performance. Many of the GWHoopsters are calling for him to be fired now or at the end of the season. There are threads asking for Mike Jarvis to come back, new head coach candidates (including my 2 cents), a poll on if he should go, and suggestions to write to the Board of Trustees demanding Hobbs and the whole AD leadership go. More on that in a future post.

In addition, the Fire Hobbs blog has started up again.

Tonight: GW vs Towson at the Smith Center

In a normal year, Towson would be an easy win. Of course, in a normal year Hampton and Navy would be easy wins. Herve gives Towson the edge by 2. Towson is 2-4 with wins over Coppin State and Western Michigan, and losses to Navy, Hofstra, Buffalo and Miami (OH). They sound pretty bad.

I have a feeling if GW loses this one, there might be people with torches out on Eye Street calling for the head of Hobbsenstein's monster. Or maybe people will just cry into their beers.

Here's Towson's preview and GW's preview.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Navy recap: GW torpedoed by inability to make short shots and defend threes

Stephen Decatur burning enemy frigates in Tripoli. That, or GW's offense.
Well, that was not very much fun. At the BB&T, GW played the role of the Spanish navy in the Spanish-American War, and it did not end very well. 

As has been noted previously, GW has some major deficiencies: namely the lack of anyone who wants to score, the inability to defend the three-pointer, an offense that mostly involves passing it around the perimeter, and the stunning ability to miss short shots. We're talking lay-ups and shots from two feet away. They missed so many. 

This game really should have been a blowout, but Navy, which shot 45.5%, also missed a lot of open shots and easy drives. If they could finish, they would have shot 60% easy and this game would have been even uglier.

GW shot 31% for the game. This is the second game in a row that GW shot 31%. That is really terrible. GW actually did better when the team stopped shooting and tried to draw fouls, then pressed-and-trapped on defense. Hopefully the Colonials do more pressing and trapping going forward, since that seemed like the only time GW got any stops and any momentum and wasn't dead in the water (another naval reference for you).

There really were no bright spots from the game, except we got to do lots of naval heckling: "Nimitz was overrated." "The Coast Guard is better." "Remember the Maine." And so on.

The Navy mascot. What?
Plus we figured out that Navy are called the Midshipmen. But that's what they are, it's not really a team name. It'd be like calling GW the College Students instead of the Colonials. Kind of dumb. 

And speaking of dumb: the Navy mascot is a ram. Not an admiral or a sailor or a battleship. I have never seen a ram on a boat.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Where are they now? The great 2005-2006 team

Pretty cool article from the Colonial Cable, the GW alumni newsletter, which has a where are they now feature for the 2005-2006 men's team. That team had a fantastic season, going 27-3 and undefeated in the A-10, rising as high as #6 in the AP poll and making the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney (getting shafted by facing Duke in North Carolina in that round, in one of the worst-officiated games I've ever seen).

Most of the players from that team are still playing ball, overseas or in the NBDL, or in Pops' case, in the NBA. The Ukraine Train (Alex Kireev, now called Kireyev) lives in the DC area, as does Dior Toney and Dominic Green. Regis Koundjia played for the Central African Republic national team, which is pretty cool, and Montrell McDonald popped up to play for Arkansas, briefly. 


The school is also hosting a men's and women's basketball reunion Feb 25-27, which is pretty cool.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Basketball" rapper Kurtis Blow busted for weed

Instead of writing about GW losing again, here's something only tangentially related the GW basketball, but amusing. The TSA found less than an ounce of doobies in rapper Kurtis Blow's pocket thanks to one of the scanners. (Maybe he was on his way to Thurston, or Georgetown.)

Blow is most famous for "The Breaks" but also did my favorite basketball-related song of all time, which is surprisingly called "Basketball." I listen to it before every GW game, no joke.



(Apparently Lil Bow Wow covered it, but screw him.)

Here's "The Breaks."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

GW versus Mason tonight at GMU -- get ye there.

Kind of a lame memorial if you ask me
GW faces George Mason in the 2nd Battle of the Orange Line tonight at the Patriot Center, 7 pm. I hope you go, but it might not be close -- Herve, for instance, gives this bronze dude above the edge in every category: "GW has a about as much chance staying close in this game as Charlie Sheen has of completing the Four Loko factory tour." 

Then again, GW is 10-1 versus Mason, including a win last year. If we win, great, if not, oh well.

Here's GWSports on the game, which is a bit more cheery.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

That sucked. GW 69-UNCW 73

GW is bad at three things: scoring inside, defending the 3, and rebounding. The Seahawks (which apparently is a thing) shot 54.5% from beyond the arc, and while freshman Nemanja Mikic had a Lasan Kromah-esque game, scoring 23 on 7-12 from three, GW couldn't keep up.

The Colonials had trouble all day scoring from inside, going 14/38 from 2 while 11/27 from three.I'd be interested in seeing a shooting chart, there'd be tons of X's around the basket and tons of O's around the arc. The Colonials missed lay-ups and short shots like crazy, and were slow on rotations, allowing the Seahawks to shoot the lights out, 12/22 from three.

If you look at the stats, the game actually looks pretty good for GW, 19 assists versus 12 turnovers, 17 offensive boards (mainly due to missed short shots), 22 points off turnovers. However, the team only shot a combined 38.5% from the floor, and 32.3% in the second half, allowing UNCW to walk away with it. 

The rebounding numbers don't look too bad (38 for the bad guys vs. 35 for the good guys) but a lot of those UNCW boards were uncontested, and GW seemed to miss ones they should have had.

Joseph Katuka had an ok game, though he missed some shots off nice post moves, while Aaron Ware seemed to be the only consistently energetic player, grabbing 7 boards. Dwayne Smith had 10 points and 9 boards, while the Taking of the David Pellom 1-2-3 had 9 points.


Tim Johnson played sparingly after getting pulled for turning it over two possessions in a row, and Tony Taylor fouled out, going 1/5 from the floor.

Blah. The recap is on GWSports.com and lots of stats are on Statsheet.

If you want to see more hand-wringing, check out GWHoops.com.  GW next faces George Mason at the Patriot Center on Wednesday.

On the bright side, Mikic played very well, reminiscent of Lasan Kromah's coming out game last year. Mikic was one three short of tying the school record (held by Greg Collucci and somebody else). Former players Mike Hall and Dior Toney were in the crowd as well.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that Mikic basically kept GW in the game.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Basketball tonight! GW men vs Nevada in Preseason NIT

Nevada's old logo is a ripoff.
Do you like basketball? Good! Get to the Smith Center at 8 pm tonight as GW faces Nevada in the consolation round of the Preseason NIT. Earlier in the P-NIT, GW lost to Boston U to open the season and then beat Marist (Karl Hobbs' 150th win) behind big games from Tony Taylor and freshman Chris Fitzgerald.

Nevada s 1-2, beating Montana then losing to Pacific and Pepperdine. Unfortunately GW doesn't start with a P, but considering those losses, I think the Colonials have a chance.

Here's GWSports on the matchup. If you really like hoops, BU faces Hampton at 5:30 as well.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More from the game: fans, Smith Center, food, funny stuff

So now, the non-game portion of our program.

Mac n cheez
The first thing was, of course, the updated Smith Center. The outside looked sleek and modern, and the ticket booths had nice wood above them, not quite as functional as they used to look. The corner areas are all white and modern now (and empty), and the concession stands moved downstairs. They still have the people walking around selling food, which is good, and the hot dogs were fine. One addition though: mac and cheese. I figured I had to get it, and it was not bad. Not amazing, but not bad either, I'd get it again. No chicken sandwiches though.

The downstairs concession stands also have seats where you could conceivably sit and eat, though nobody was doing that. There were also two trophy cases in the concession area, which included the game ball from the 1957 Sun Bowl, GW's only bowl game, where GW beat Texas Western, which is now UTEP.

Back upstairs, there's a new jumbotron, which was cool, and it seemed like the scoreboard operator could keep track better of who was in, which is good to see. There were times last year when nobody on the scoreboard was actually on the court. There was decent student turnout for an exhibition game, and the noise level was pretty good during Tim Johnson's run and Mikic making good plays.


Buy this stuff
 I also noticed some other random stuff: Big George was walking around with two guys who had shirts that said "Mascot Secret Service." There was some kind of scout sitting behind the basket too, he had drawings on the lane and was charting something on it. He was an older guy, maybe he'd volunteered to keep stats or track plays or something. I should have asked.

They had clothing and such for sale too, including new blue foam tricorner hats. A bit more tasteful than the bright yellow ones. They only had #20 jerseys that I saw, but maybe they'll get more in. They usually do.


Concession area downstairs. Trophy case at right.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Recap: GW clobbers Bowie State

The season started! And it was good for GW. The Colonials took the lead early but couldn't pull awway until about 15 minutes had elapsed, and then they outran the Bulldogs for the rest of the game, 82-64. Lasan Kromah was out with an injury while freshman Nemanja Mikic started, so it was a pretty different lineup. Here's my thoughts:

It's going to be an interesting year. To me, there aren't a lot of assigned roles really. There's a lot of tall guys (Mikic, David Pellom, Dwayne Smith, Jabari Edwards, Chris Fitzgerald), a bunch of point guards (Taylor, Tim Johnson, Bryan Bynes, Dan Guest?), and then some other miscellaneous, but solid, guys (Aaron Ware, Joe Katuka, Lasan Kromah). It almost seems like it doesn't matter who's doing the damage, and at times, it was tough to notice who was in and who was scoring. But it worked.

The new guys: I liked Mikic, who played 31 minutes, the most of anybody. He shot from outside, shot from inside, and got 6 boards to go with 11 points. Pretty solid outing. Dan Guest was in briefly (9 minutes) but seemed pretty steady, getting 4 assists in that time, tied for most with Aaron Ware. My first impression of Chris Fitzgerald was that he looked like me as a freshman, aside from being big (listed at 6'8", 235, which I buy). He's maybe the palest guy ever but had some good defensive stops, though he was 0-4 from three, his only shots. Daymon Warren only got a few minutes and didn't do much.

The old guys: Ware was his usual athletic self. Tony Taylor had some nice offensive moves, and Bynes looked lightning fast. Tim Johnson was pretty quiet until about 10 minutes to go in the second, when he went off, getting two steals and hitting two 3s and a layup over about 2 minutes. He just took over, and finished with 19. I really liked his attitude, he was encouraging other players and looked good out there.

Joseph Katuka apparently played 22 minutes, but I didn't really notice, though he scored 10 and got 6 boards. There weren't many entry passed to him to make post moves, though he did one that worked pretty well, as I recall. David Pellom quietly got 11 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks -- reminiscent of Omar Williams, who'd have good games and you didn't really notice. Dwayne Smith got 6 boards and 7 points in 13 minutes, but it was sort of subtle too. Maybe that's the idea, it doesn't really matter who's doing the damage. A lot of threes were taken and made too.

Stay tuned for more about the atmosphere at the game, the Smith Center, and other non-basketball stuff I noticed.

All in all, an enjoyable game, and it made me look forward to the season. Here's the article, box score, and quotes, and the Hatchet's coverage, with lots of photos.

Friday, November 5, 2010

BASKETBALL TOMORROW!!!! Exhib vs Bowie State 2 pm!!!!

Hey, just a usual day in Colonial Hoops land... oh wait!

BASKETBALL TOMORROW!!!!!!!

That's right, it's GW vs Bowie State tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm at the Smith Center. Be there! See the freshmen! See how Big Joe Katuka has progressed! See Mark Lund! (Sorry, he graduated 10 years ago)

Here's something to put you in the dunking mood!



And something else!!

6 AM workouts: I'm glad I'm not a college basketball player

Spotted these two messages on Karl Hobbs' Twitter: 
You just can't help but get better at this hour. #riseandshine (posted at 6 am)

Early practice tomorrow. I love the 6 AM workouts. Gives players the whole day for school and to receive any injury treatment they may need.
 Oof.  I had a tough enough time waking up for my 2 pm classes when I was at GW. I would have gotten kicked off the team in days. Assuming I wasn't already kicked off for being bad at basketball.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I got my season tickets: did you?

The envelope with season tickets arrived in the mail the other day, which is always a good day. Did you get yours?

If you aren't a season ticket holder, DO IT! It's inexpensive as heck. Plus you're helping out GW and putting butts in the seats. Even if you can't make all the games, it makes a good present, or something fun to do with friends.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

GW Cribs: Looking at the new Smith Center

GW is getting more involved with web 2.0, social media, and all that jazz. I like it. As one example, here's a pretty cool video on the new Smith Center upgrades, called "GW Cribs," like that MTV TV show. It features Aaron Ware and Sara Mostafa. Enjoy!



Surprisingly, GW is no stranger to MTV. For example, here's Xzibit wearing a Chris Monroe jersey on Pimp My Ride. Apparently a producer or something went to GW.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

GW: Best college team in DC

Suck it, UDC Firebirds! We're number 1! 

So says the Express newspaper's Best of 2010, where readers vote for their favorite things in DC. GW won for best college team, thanks in part (I hope) to this humble blog. Got to love the photo they picked too of Hobbs being his crazy old self. 

This is actually pretty cool, considering we beat out much bigger schools like Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia (great campus, btw), American, Mason, Catholic, Trinity, Strayer, and that one where the Exorcist guy lived.

Karl Hobbs almost made it a sweep, getting 2nd place in best coach to Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, but hilariously beating Mike Shanahan.

Hail to the Buff!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Buff and Blue Game, an intrasquad scrimmage, tonight

Got this from the department today, check it out. Sounds pretty cool.
Don't forget to join us this evening at 6pm for the 1st Annual Buff and Blue Game.  This men's basketball intrasquad scrimmage will include two 15 minute halves, a post-game Q&A session with Head Coach Karl Hobbs, and complimentary concessions fare for all 2010-11 season ticket holders.  Fans can RSVP by emailing GWpromos@gwu.edu.  All 2010-11 Athletic Director's Club and Colonials Club members are also invited to a special dessert reception after the game in the Colonials Club. If you have any additional questions, please contact 202-994-7325.  We look forward to seeing you at the Smith Center!
To clarify, season ticket holders get the free concessions. Other fans can get in but don't get free concessions. Students must be in the Colonial Army to go.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gary Williams quits coaching, joins Air Force


Check it out, above.  Maybe now they'll play some decent teams. Not sure if there's any danger to being extremely sweaty while flying an airplane though, as Gary is wont to do.

He also likes being drunk and eating chicken wings with girls.

Hey Gary: play GW. And Georgetown while you're at it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pops joins Hornets training camp

Everyone's favorite Whale Killer has another shot at the NBA, joining the New Orleans Hornets' training camp. He gave an interview to MVP Basketball, including this:
“I’m 27-year-old now and I’ve been at this stage before. I’m a bit older and wiser. But I have a chip on my shoulder and when I played for GB in the summer, it definitely helped that I was playing with a bit of anger. It made me focus in a little more and it made sure I brought the same intensity to every game. I just wanted to show the best of my abilities. I did that this summer. And I want to continue to do that.”
I didn't know Pops was 27. He had a deal with Spanish league champions Caja Laboral Baskonia, but it fell through after they learned about an apparently well-known knee injury which doesn't seem to be bothering him. Pops played well for the Great Britain national team lately, being the team's leading rebounder during Eurobasket qualifiers. He also gets a mention on Hoops Fix, a British basketball site.

Interestingly, the Hornets GM was the GM for the Austin Toros, the D-League team Pops dominated for before getting called up to the Spurs. He's up against Joe Alexander, Daryl Watkins, Michael Washington to be former Xavier player David West's backup. I've only heard of Alexander, so maybe that's a good sign. And the MVP Basketball article says the Hornets need energy and rebounding. Sounds like that English guy from GW. Let's hope he sticks.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Colonials Run is today: run with the players and eat what Karl Hobbs grills

Sorry for the lack of lead time on this, just saw on the GW Sports Facebook that today at 4 is the Colonials Run, where you can run with the players around the Monuments, then go to a cookout where Karl Hobbs is grilling. Sounds fun. Too bad I have to work.

Here's the registration form with more info.

There are prizes too. If you beat Greg Collucci you get a free car. (Not really).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

No, really. Vote for Hobbs and GW and see Aaron Ware's Hobbs impression

Aaron Ware as Karl Hobbs
GW is really pushing the Express Best of DC poll, and I'm glad!

You can vote often, so do it. Click on Sports and vote for Karl Hobbs for best coach and GW for best college.

Also check out Aaron Ware's Karl Hobbs impression on the GWSports Facebook page. Pretty funny.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Best of DC: Vote for Karl Hobbs and GW

The Express newspaper has its best of 2010 poll up, and among the choices are best coach and best college team. Karl Hobbs is a choice for best coach (suck it JTIII) and GW is up there for best college team.

Click here to vote!!!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jonathan Davis to join Colonials in 2011


YouTube Highlight Reel

While his name might appear to be more musically inclined, this Jonathan Davis is a stand-out 6'8" 215 lbs. forward with a handle who averaged 16 and 10 last season for Simi Valley High School in Southern California. Jonathan verbally committed to GW after a visit during labor day weekend. He also held offers from Hawaii, Pacific, SMU, Utah, and UTEP as well as reported interest from other major programs. Jonathan will join ESPN top-100 commitment Erik Copes in the frontcourt next season as part of GW's class of 2011.

LA Times Report

ESPN Profile Link

Rivals Profile Link


Scout Profile Link


Additional sources: gwhoops 1, gwhoops 2, Sports Hawaii

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What's on eBay today? Kwame Evans, Mike Brown, Pops cards

Every now and then I check out eBay to see what kind of GW stuff is on there. Sometimes it's kind of awesome, sometimes it's just the same stuff they sell in the bookstore. Today though, I found some cool basketball cards:

A Pops game worn uni card
A 1996 signed Kwame Brown card. Kwame was the star in the mid 90s when GW beat #1 UMass in front of Pres. Clinton. Dig the sweet couch the picture was taken on.
Signed Utah Jazz Mike Brown card. Brown was a star in the 80s and played in the NBA until 1996, plus some overseas time. Here's his Wikipedia.
Another of Mike

Friday, September 3, 2010

Song of Roland: Houston named associate head coach

Roland Houston in action
Looks like Karl Hobbs likes French epic poems: assistant coach and big man expert Roland Houston has been promoted to associate head coach.

Nice to see for the big guy, who was also an assistant at Rhode Island after playing there in the 70s and 80s. He also played in France, Spain, Italy and Argentina -- kind of ironic (if you are a literature nerd) in that Roland became the French national hero after some Basques killed him in a battle in 778.

Monday, August 23, 2010

GWHoops users don't understand how the Internet works

Every few months, a couple of posters on GWHoops.com, namely Longing for Oscar and MV, post these long, insider-y screeds purportedly for each other's information. They generally talk about some business stuff or a trip somewhere, with initials in the place of people's names, while name-dropping some sports personalities. For example:
WJiv has gotten others involved including WK, TR and DR and he's also got big corporate sponsors committing time and money including his own company.  Mrs WJ is also working tirelessly to increase awareness and told me that the wife of MB will soon be getting involved. She asked me to send you her very warmest regards as did MT, who I spoke with about the Revis negotiation.
It's completely bizarre. The tone is sort of a professional email, and yet it's on GWHoops.com. A previous message had something to do with taking a limo around New York and Lebron James. It's almost like they're trying to brag to everybody else on the board that they're bigwigs who rub elbows with famous people. People always ask them what the hell they're doing, and they never respond, other than to say it's not meant for them or something equally stupid:
And, since I am posting again to this thread....to all you knuckleheads who think the MV is the only one in our circle this is written for, I say... wake up! There are a more than a handful of others that visit this site (you might call them lurkers) that benefit in a variety of different ways from my postings.

I don't get it. I mean, there's this thing called email.You can even send it to multiple people at once.

Maybe they get some perverse joy from pissing people off/thinking they're cool. And of course, there's always the theory out there that LFO and MV and most trolls on the board are actually the same person. But the weird thing is, sometimes LFO actually has some useful information, so you can't just ban him.

But it's the off-season, so hey, I'm ok with that.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Out of conference schedule released

Nice! More good stuff coming from the athletic department, this time the release of the out of conference schedule.

GW will be at the preseason NIT against Boston U. at Villanova, then either Villanova or Marist, plus more teams if they go farther. After that it's basically the same as last year, which is the CAA and Patriot League: UNC-Wilmington, at George Mason, Navy in the BB&T, Towson, at Oregon State, East Carolina, at UAB, Holy Cross, at Howard, and Harvard.

But hey, I'm fine with that kind of schedule, as it's better to play smaller teams I've heard and that are in the area instead of, say, Savannah State and Sacramento State. Oregon State is a return game, while UAB could be a good one as well, they were 25-9 last year and did well in the NIT, though they lost a couple of seniors.

What do you think? Better schedule, or crap? 


Last year, if you recall, it was about the same schedule plus Providence, UMBC, and Princeton

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pops, the Mensah-Bonsus in a video about Backing British Basketball

There's a new campaign out there called Back British Basketball, and they're putting out a lot of cool stuff. This video, sent to me by Pops' bro Benson, has a good overview of the hoops scene, plus interviews with the Mensah-Bonsu family and Pops. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Video: Pops is good at basketball



In case you didn't know, Pops Mensah-Bonsu is good at basketball: specifically dunking, blocking, and fast breaks. He had 4 of the top 10 plays for the UK at Eurobasket 2009, and he's doing well in a friendly tournament in Tel Aviv, scoring 27 one game and getting a 14 and 18 double double in another.

He's also got some interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maybe he'll play against Danilo Pinnock!

Monday, August 2, 2010

GW announces recruits: Guest, Mikic, Fitzgerald

Mikic be dribblin'
Always nice to see when GW puts out some news! The athletic department announced they've signed the three recruits for next year, namely 6'8" forward Nemanja Mikic and Chris Fitzgerald, and guard Dan Guest.

They all sound pretty great in the release, and interestingly, the two forwards are both mentioned as being really good shooters before anything else. Maybe Hobbs got tired of being burned by the tall shooters from St. Joe's like that jerkstore Pat Calathes. And Donyell Marshall is also a tall shooter.

Guest is described as a leader on the floor, so he could be the point guard after the current guys move on, or just a supplement. Either way, looking forward to seeing these guys. This sort of stuff always increases my excitement for the coming season.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Want to buy a GW iPhone or Blackberry cover?

Who doesn't!?
Check them out here. I actually think they're pretty cool. If Sir Valiant and all those other guys had these, maybe Bernard Barrow, Mike King, Darnell Miller and Marquin Chandler wouldn't have used Tommy Penders Junior's phone card!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rumor: Donyell Marshall is the new GW assistant coach

That's what folks on GWHoops have to say, it's going to be former NBA player and UConn Huskie Donyell Marshall. The GWHoopsters say it's mainly for recruiting, he has a lot of AAU contacts and his son is a good prospect. I'm ok with that, though I really think GW needs an Xs and Os guy to replace Mike Ellerbe, who left to work at DePaul.

I don't believe Hobbs recruited Marshall, who played for 8 different NBA teams from 1994 to 2009, and later worked as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet.


Let's hope Marshall remembers his clothes this time:





Of course, he also hit 12 3-pointers in a game once, so he knows how to shoot.



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Because it's pretty hard to find assistant basletball coaches

Question from GWHoops.com: why hasn't Karl hired an assistant basletball coach?

I love typos. I suppose it's a valid question, but this is also June. Relax and go play some basletball. Which is an awesomely fun sport. Not many results on Google for it however, nor is there a Wikipedia page. It's fun to say though, try it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cool photo gallery of the Smith Center renovations



Looks like they're at work on the Smith Center, and GWSports has a gallery. Looks good!

Right now we're on Phase III of the renovations, which have their own snazzy website, and a phase III page:
Phase III will announce the arrival of the new Charles E. Smith Center with:

* Renovated exterior fa├žade
* New hall of fame and box office entryway
* Concessions concourse
The hall of fame entryway is, I believe, what's pictured above.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mike Hall writes about life in Europe. Also he is The Man.

Mike Hall has been writing periodically about playing ball in Italy, and he has a new one up on GW's Facebook page. Pretty interesting stuff about flights, comparing Europe vs NBA basketball, fans lighting fires in the stands, and more. Mike is a real credit to GW.

Pictured is Mike dunking on some fools.

Hat tip to Herve at GWHoops for finding the link.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memories of GW football

NJ Colonial posted some fascinating stories about GW football on GWHoops the other day, about the last few years of the program, which stopped after the 1966 season. The team was pretty decent for awhile there, and was also one of the first to integrate in the Southern Conference, which is cool. Something else interesting is that Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, who played for GW in the 1930s, later became an NFL hall of famer.

Check out the article here, and some great photos.

Here's more on GW Football from the (great) GW Encyclopedia. Fun fact: GW is 1-0 all time in bowl games, beating Texas Western (now UTEP) in the 1956 Sun Bowl.

Photo of Garry Lyle.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mike Hall and Chris Monroe on the same team in Italy

Cool to see this: both Mike Hall and Chris Monroe now play for Armani Jeans Milano in Italy. Monroe has been all over Europe in his career, including Greece, Hungary (where his team won the championship) and France.

Mike Hall also has quite the following on Facebook, which makes sense, considering he's a very nice guy -- I ran into him once near the Verizon Center with my parents, and we had a brief chat about how things were going. I had never met him before, but afterwards my parents both assumed we were old friends.

Good to see two GW guys having success and playing together.

Monday, May 24, 2010

This year's A-10 schedule released

Looks pretty good! GW will face Charlotte, La Salle, and Richmond twice, which is a decent draw. Here's the press release.

At home, GW plays Charlotte, Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, and Temple, while the away games are and Charlotte, Duquesne, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Joseph's, and Xavier. Too bad to see Xavier away, though I can live with Dayton at home.

The news item says the team will release its full schedule in September. Hopefully they'll do it with some fanfare.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Travis King sits on stage with Michelle Obama, will transfter to UMBC

Nice to see this story in the Hatchet: Travis King was chosen to sit on the Commencement stage with First Lady Michelle Obama, thanks to his community service at Miriam's Kitchen, where he cuts hair for people. Here's more on the graduation ceremony, which was also written about in USA Today and elsewhere.

And something I missed, he graduated but still has eligibility left, so he'll be transferring to Maryland-Baltimore County to play and to pursue a master's in sociology.

Too bad to see him go, and I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Damian Hollis works out with Wizards

Following in the footsteps of Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall, and Omar Williams, Damian Hollis works out with the Wizards. Here's hoping he makes the cut. Post-workout interview video:


Monday, May 10, 2010

Kvancz, Hobbs haven't talked about Ellerbe's replacement: symptomatic of a lack of desire to push GW athletics?

This is kind of odd. In the Hatchet's article about Ellerbe leaving, athletic director Jack Kvancz said he hasn't yet talked with Hobbs about finding Ellerbe's replacement: "I don't know what the hurry is at this time," he said. "But that's just me."

Maybe there isn't any hurry, but wouldn't earlier be better than later? It's not the most confidence-boosting quote I've heard.

I don't want to call out Kvancz, who by all rights is a good guy and I don't know the office politics or anything, but I just don't get the sense that the athletic department has a burning desire to push GW basketball and athletics. It seems like everything positive that happens comes after everybody asks for it for years: the Smith Center upgrades, getting better outreach and marketing from the sports information department, selling better merchandise, and so on. The school is making steps to improve (like having the sports information department doing a lot more and the GW-Mason game) but change comes slowly and there's a general lack of creativity.

One anecdote that I remember is from years ago when GW didn't sell basketball jerseys. I was asking around to see why not, and eventually I got a hold of a high-ranking person at the bookstore (this was also before they sold merchandise at games, another missed opportunity). I asked why they didn't sell jerseys, and the response was something along the lines of "why would you want a jersey? You'd have to ask the players for one of theirs." No one saw the potential to sell these things? Where's the creativity, the desire to do more? Eventually they started selling jerseys, and years later started selling merch at the games. Another example is how the school didn't do much to market the team after the fantastic 2006 season, it just sort of faded into the ether.

Yet another is when Scott Van Pelt used to talk about Pops Mensah-Bonsu on ESPN all the time, apropos of nothing. I emailed the department saying they should send him a foam hat, and they then did that. He wore it on the air and later came to a game at the Smith Center. I'm not trying to toot my horn, but a random blogger shouldn't need to come up with these marketing ideas. Of course, there has been some good news: the Obama visit got a lot of press, as it should. But there's still room for improvement.

And when changes do come, there isn't much transparency of them -- they don't get much publicity and cause confusion, like the various student section changes and the proposed change to the seating plan back a few years ago. That's improved, but still, transparency is lacking: some schools have a lot of hype when the schedule is released, or when new recruits are signed. For GW, the news sort of comes out piecemeal and late to GWSports.com and nowhere else, always after GW fans have been asking about it for months. Why not have a big event for the schedule, or for the recruits? Build some excitement?

Anyway, this turned into quite a rant. I'm not questioning people's loyalty or anything, I just think more could be done. I believe GW can be more.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Brian Ellerbe leaves for DePaul

Doh. Looks like we need another Xs and Os guy. Maybe, like Ellerbe, a former big time coach who's fallen on some hard luck or was fired unfairly? Providence/Hofstra's Tim Welsh? Former UVa coach and Hobbs homie Dave Leitao? Hopefully not Kevin Broadus!

Here's the story from GWSports. He'll be an assistant there. Good luck to him. Not sure it was all his doing, but the team was markedly better and more together this last season.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NCAA tourney expanding to 96 teams -- good?

As you may have read, the NCAA tournament looks like it's going to expand to 96 teams.

While this may be good for GW, as the team would have a higher chance of getting in, I don't like it too much because it lessens the cache, and thus the excitement, of getting in. It would also arguably make the regular season less important -- although for mid-majors and the like, stronger schedules and quality wins could mean more are included.

GWHoops has a big rundown on it too.

Thanks to rushthecourt.net for the image

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nice article on Danilo Pinnock in Israel

Just found this article from Haaretz, a major Israeli newspaper, about Danilo Pinnock's success -- they credit him with helping his team, Barak Netanya, to a surprising 4th place in the league. Pretty cool.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On the Road with the GW Colonials


From GW Sports:

"This past weekend, Colonials Sports Marketing New Media Planner, David Earl traveled with the GW men's basketball team to Richmond for their February 20th game against the #25 Spiders. For an insiders look at what goes on behind the scenes during a road trip and game prep, read his blog from the trip here:"

http://www.gwsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/On_The_Road.html

Enjoyable read. Always good to see this type of outreach from the athletic department.

Friday, February 19, 2010

What's the best moment in GW basketball history?

Just saw this via GWHoops: the athletic department is holding a poll and contest for people to pick the best moment in GW history. There are five choices: GW beating #5 West Virginia (and Jerry West) in 1960, the 1993 NCAA tourney run, President Clinton in the audience as GW beats #1 UMass, Shawnta Rogers' buzzer-beater against Xavier to make the NCAA tourney, and the end of the Charlotte game in 2006 to keep GW undefeated in conference.

Pretty cool stuff! Check it out.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Pops Mensah-Bonsu song

So GW has lost a bunch of games lately after leading for most of both halves, only to collapse in the end. Here's something amazing to take your mind off that.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tonight: SLU

GW plays Saint Louis University, and it should be a close one. the Saint Lunatics have some good guards and ok perimeter shooting. They're 12-6 and 3-1 in conference wins their best wins over Richmond and a mediocre Nebraska team. They have three guys scoring in double figures, including newly-eligible Cody Ellis. Herve's preview has GW winning by 1, which could mean anything, and SLU folks are split. The Post has a preview too, which is pretty cool.

The main things I think GW needs to do to stop this losing streak (to Xavier, La Salle, Richmond and Dayton) is get some scoring and a functional offense -- they've reverted to the old pass-it-around-the-perimeter-and-hope-somebody-does-something offense, which never works. Hopefully Damian Hollis gets more time today

Plus SLU fans include this guy, who is hilarious. Max thinks it's not a real guy at all but a joke at the expense of SLU fans, while I just think he's an idiot.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Remember Nigel Munson? He's going to UDC

Doh. Nigel Munson, the Dematha star who tried to transfer from Virginia Tech to GW but was barred from doing so by Tech coach/jerk Seth Greenberg, has ended up at UDC.

Greenberg had already lost Wynton Witherspoon to GW, so maybe he just got fed up. Some Tech fans claimed tampering, but no evidence ever came out. Too bad for Munson, who had a promising basketball future and basically seemed to get the shaft from Greenberg, as UDC is a struggling program -- they only had 5 players suit up last game, and one got hurt, meaning they played with 4.

Interstingly, there's no mention of Tech on his UDC profile.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Want to see Karl Hobbs tape his TV show?

This is pretty cool -- Karl Hobbs has a new TV show on MASN, and the tapings are open to the public. They're every Monday at 4:30 pm at the ESPN Zone downtown (12th and E NW) and they air Friday at 1 pm -- set your DVRs. Here's the press release:
George Washington’s head basketball coach, Karl Hobbs, will be taping his new show “The Karl Hobbs Show” at ESPN Zone today at 4:30 p.m. Colonial fans are invited to attend the taping while Coach Hobbs talks about the team and discusses upcoming games and strategies. Players will make guest appearances at the upcoming tapings which are scheduled for Monday, January 25 and Monday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 15, 2010

GW dropping close games

It's been a crummy week for GW basketball fans -- after being up as much as 11 on Xavier, the Musketeers go on a 20-1 run to beat GW at the Smith Center.

Then after leading for most of the game against LaSalle, the Explorers went up late. GW forced a five-second violation to get ball back down 1 with 8 seconds to go, but then Travis King got the ball and dribbled out, missing a three to win it. I believe this GWHoops thread says it all "What kind of play was that!?!" Something else odd was that Lasan Kromah wasn't on the court towards the end, and Hobbs was angry when a reporter asked him why, despite Kromah going 4/9 from the floor.

The Xavier game is disappointing but not too surprising, considering Xavier is always a strong team. GW just fell apart inside towards the end, unable to rebound or stop them down low, and that was that.

The La Salle game, however, is tougher. GW probably should have won, and there's nothing that really sticks out from watching on TV and the box score -- in fact GW leads in most things -- which to me means they just got beat, a lack of effort. La Salle was without one of their best players, yet GW allowed them to shoot 46% for the game. Aaron Ware and Damian Hollis played well, otherwise, nuttin.

Hopefully the Hatchet headline is a sign of things to come: Hobbs hopes to learn from close losses. And at least there was a Post article about the La Salle game.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pops off the Raptors, but sings "Oh Canada"

Too bad for Pops, who was waived by the Raptors. It's as we thought with Sporstnet.ca says "I'm told there are European clubs dangling contracts in front of him that may prove to be lucrative and there is a chance other NBA teams might have some interest." On GWHoops.com, poster buffandblue_2 said "talked to the big man today, said that Memphis and Atlanta are looking at him right now. Hopefully he latches on somewhere." -- so let's hope!

Before then, he had a good time during the singing of "O Canada."



We wish the best for Pops. With a personality, work ethic, and talent like his, he'll do alright.

As he tweeted, "It's a business." You can't say any more than that without wasting your breath.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Take that, Saint. GW beats Bona 78-71

Just when I was readying a post on Lasan Kromah's slump (below), he explodes for 23 points as GW beats the Oleanders 78-71. Kromah hit 5/7 from three and 9/11 from the floor total. Damian Hollis added 12 points and 7 boards while Opoku, Katuka, Bynes and Ware all had 8 points. Looks like everybody performed well, as I've seen kudos on GWHoops for Katuka, Opoku, and Jabari Edwards (especially defensively). Folks are calling those three the "three-headed monster" and together they had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.

It sounds like an exciting game, as GW was down 67-63 with 3:33 to go. GW played solid defense all around (42% from the floor at 4/20 from three) and GW shot nearly 70% in the second half.

Here's more from the Hatchet, GWSports.com and GWHoops. There's a bunch of photos from the Bonaventure site.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lasan Kromah -- slump no longer

As you may have noticed, super freshman Lasan Kromah had cooled off quite a bit. His points and shooting were down -- in fact, he hadn't made a three since the 12/12 game against Towson, going 0/12 from three and 6/31 from the floor until the Bonaventure, where he scored 23 and 5/7 from three. Below is a chart showing his minutes, points, and FG and 3pt percentages until before the Bona game.

This kind of reminds me of Greg Collucci in the 2001-2002 season. He started off super hot, hitting 8 threes against Yale and 7 against Navy in the BB&T Classic, where he was named to the all-BB&T team. Then teams started to focus on him and his scoring dropped precipitously. Kromah, however, is a much more complete player, and now (knock on wood) he's out of the slump.

GW clobbers Howard; Tonight at St. Bona's

As is frequently their wont, GW played down to Howard (pictured right) in the first half, with the Bison helped by some crazy three point shooting (including one shot clock-beater from almost half court). However, in the second half GW turned it on, making good stops and playing much better offense to run away with it, 81-63.

In the first half, the Colonials shot 37%, scoring 36 and in the second 65%, scoring 45. All three point attempts came in the first, so maybe that was a halftime adjustment. They forced 20 Howard turnovers to go with only 9 themselves, and GW was 27/35 from the free throw line, mainly on fouls during driving the lane. Nice to see that.

Damian Hollis, as usual, had a good game with 18 and 8, while Tony Taylor scored 13. Dwayne Smith had 9, Katuka had 8, and Opoku had 7. Lasan Kromah continued to slump, scoring 3 of 1/6 shooting. Hope he gets out of the funk.

The main negative was that Howard shot 12/24 from three and outrebounded GW 32-31. But hey, GW kicked butt, so who cares. Here's GWSports and the GWHoops crew on it.

As for St. Bonaventure (pictured left), this isn't the cupcake of old. They're solid at home, only losing by one to St. John's and beating everybody else. On the road, not so much, but we'll see. GWHoopsters are divided on if GW wins or not, so we'll see. Here's Herve's predictions.

First conference game!
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