Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hajj Turner hired as associate head coach

Hajj Turner, an assistant under Lonergan at Vermont, has signed on as an assistant at GW. GWSports has an interview, sounds pretty good to me.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bio, interview and press conference on Coach Lonergan

The GW Youtube channel has a bunch on new head basketball coach Mike Lonergan recently, including this video with his bio and an interview, and the one below of the press conference introducing him. Check them out:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lonergan press conference today at noon, open to the public (and free food!)

Get yourself to the Smith Center:
Dear Colonials Fans,

On Monday, May 9, at 12:00 pm a new era of Colonials Basketball will begin. We would like you to join us as we welcome the newest member of the GW family, Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Lonergan.

Mike joins us after six successful seasons at the University of Vermont where his teams won four conference championships and averaged over 20 wins per season. His teams advanced to the post-season in four of his six seasons.

Mike has lived most of his life in the Washington, DC area, growing up in Bowie, MD, attending college at Catholic University and serving many successful years as Head Coach at Catholic University including winning a Division III National Championship. After his tenure at Catholic, Mike was an Assistant to Gary Williams at University of Maryland.

Mike's teams have consistently won.  In 18 overall seasons they have won 377 games and 10 of his last 12 teams have advanced to the post-season.  It is this type of success that brings Mike to GW.  

In his tenure at Vermont his basketball student-athletes had a graduation rate of 100%.

The press conference will be held in the Charles E. Smith Center and we hope that you can attend and join us in welcoming Mike. Following the press conference, we invite you to a welcome reception in the Colonials Club.

I look forward to seeing you on this exciting day as we move into the future and "Raise High the Buff and Blue".

Warmest regards,

Patrick Nero
Incoming Athletic Director
The George Washington University 

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Official: Mike Lonergan will be the new GW head coach

It looked like GW might have its man, but then Sweaty Gary Williams retired from Maryland, throwing the coaching carousel into a loop -- GWHoopsters wondered if this meant that all the Lanegan, Dooley and all the guys GW was after would look at Maryland instead of Foggy Bottom U.

It all worked out in the end though, as Vermont's Mike Lonergan, formerly coach at Catholic, will be GW's next head coach. I'm pretty happy about it. More to come.

But in honor of this, here's a song by Mark Lanegan (almost Mike Lonergan) and the Screaming Trees, titled appropriately enough, "Nearly Lost You."

(If Kansas assistant and GW alum Joe Dooley became the coach, I would have posted "Tom Dooley.")

Thursday, May 5, 2011

GW Basketball All-Stars, Episode 1: GW Basketball All-Stars Vs Robot Stephone Paige

Written by Don Pitz.  Illustrations by Seth Melton.  Seth Melton is available for hire.  You can find more of his work at

The George Washington University Men’s College Basketball All-Stars work every day to spread the joy of basketball.  They encourage others to live an active lifestyle with proper nutrition.  The League of Bad Guys is dedicated to bring chaos and evil.  They know the power of basketball is the greatest force of good in this world, and could bring us peace and prosperity.  Who will win this struggle?

Early one morning, the GW All-Stars are relaxing in the Fortress of Basketball-tude.  They’re eating a plant-based, high-fiber breakfast.  Their neighbor Gary enters without knocking.  “Hey, GW All-Stars!  It’s your crrraazy neighbor!”  They all cheer, excited to see their friend.  “Say, Pops, I’ve got a problem.  My piecost has really been acting up lately.”

Pops Mensah-Bonsu asks, “What’s a pie cost?”

“Five dollars for cherry, three dollars for apple”, says Gary.  They all laugh together.  Gary exits.

The ghost of Yinka Dare appears before them.  “GW All-Stars, the world needs your help!  I’ve arranged a celebrity basketball game to benefit children who are living with cancer.  You’ll be matched up against some washed-up has-beens from UMass.”

“Sounds great”, says Mike Brown.  “Who’s the celebrity?”

“I’m glad you asked”, says the ghost of Yinka Dare.  “As if a fundraiser for children with cancer wasn’t awesome enough, the really great news is you guys will be teamed up with Stephone Paige.”

“Wait a second – THE Stephone Paige?” asks Mike Hall.

“What’s a stephone paige?” asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

“Oh, Pops.  Stephone Paige isn’t a thing.  He’s a person”, says Shawnta Rogers. “He’s a former wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs.  He’s my all-time favorite Chiefs player.”

“I knew you guys would be excited about it,” says the ghost of Yinka Dare. “You guys won’t have to wait long.  The game is set for tomorrow.  You guys should practice on the fundamentals of basketball right after you’re done with your well-balanced breakfast.”

Meanwhile, at the lair of the League of Bad Guys:

“The thing I hate most about the GW All-Stars is their culture of winning”, says Comrade Chaos, in her thick Soviet accent.

“I hate GW All-Stars because they bad for business”, says Mr. Kim, who is throwing ninja stars at a target with a picture of Pops Mensah-Bonsu on it.

“Grongo smash GW”, says the mindless oaf Grongo, as he drools over his gruel – which is full of empty calories.

“Yes, well… the GW All-Stars will be a thing of the past,” says Number One Bad Guy, seated on a throne at the head of the table.  “I’ve got a plan that will finally bring them down.  I just found out that they’re scheduled to have a basketball match tomorrow, some sort of fundraiser for kids with cancer.”

“That’s terrible”, says Comrade Chaos.  “If they teach these children about basketball, that might just cure them.  Or at worst – it would bring a whole new generation of basketball fans.”

“The good news is they’re slated to play with Stephone Paige”, says Number One Bad Guy.  “I’ve kidnapped Mr. Paige and replaced him with a robot that looks just like him.”

“What good that do?” asks Mr. Kim.

“What good will that do, Mr. Kim”, corrects Number One Bad Guy.  “I’ve programmed the robot Stephone Paige to be a poor sport and to teach the kids that basketball is a vile game.  It will completely discredit the GW All-Stars, and that will be the end of our little problem.”

The next day, the atmosphere at the Smith Center is electric.  The place is filled to capacity (of course) with dedicated fans (of course).  Much of the crowd is children living with cancer and their parents.  The GW All-Stars are warming up, and the UMass has-beens are bungling through haplessly.  The announcer heralds the arrival of the great Stephone Paige, and the crowd goes absolutely bananas.  Stephone Paige grabs the microphone.  He tells the crowd that they shouldn’t exercise and junk food cures cancer.  The audience isn’t sure what to make of this.  The GW All-Stars greet Mr. Paige and bring them into their huddle.

“Mr. Paige, it’s really a pleasure meeting you.  We’re all huge fans.  Thank you so much for supporting this charity”, says Mike Brown.

“I don’t care about charity and you shouldn’t, either”, says Stephone Paige.  “These kids are just a pay-check to me.  If I teach them anything today, it will be that basketball is a sport for losers.  Now, let’s go hard-foul these U Trash players.”

The game starts off ugly.  At tip-off, Stephone Paige shoves the UMass player instead of jumping for the ball.  He takes the ball and throws it hard into the face of one of the players.  The ref calls for a flagrant foul and Mr. Paige gets in the ref’s face and yells at him.  UMass inbounds the ball and Mr. Paige throws an obvious elbow and then dunks it.  He gloats and showboats to the crowd.  The adults start to boo, and Mr. Paige eggs them on.

“Something’s up, All-Stars”, says Shawnta Rogers.  “This isn’t the Stephone Paige I know”.

“I agree,” says Pops Mensah-Bonsu.  “Plus, I’m pretty sure that junk food doesn’t cure cancer.”

Stephone Paige takes the microphone again and starts yelling at the audience.  Children start to cry.  Just then, Mike Hall notices a metal rod sticking out of Mr. Paige’s elbow.  It must have been exposed from his hard foul.

“Look, All-Stars!” says Mike Hall.  “It isn’t Stephone Paige at all.  It’s a robot!”

How will the GW All-Stars get out of this one?  Will Number One Bad Guy’s robot destroy them all?  What will happen?  Tune in next time to find out!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pops blogging on his career at the GWSports Facebook page

How about some non-Abbottabad-related news? Pops Mensah-Bonsu has been blogging at the GWSports Facebook page about his career in Europe.

Nice to see -- it's interesting stuff and well-written, although he was somewhat unlucky: he had a double-double in a preseason game for the Hornets, but then got an elbow infection and was later cut, moving to Europe, where he's been doing well, being named the player of the month the first month he joined his team in Lyon, France. Here's the link to the GWSports Facebook page.
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