Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lots of love lately for Lonergan, 'lonials, 'lantic 10

Like that alliteration? The media is giving lots of love to the Colonials, Mike Lonergan, and the Atlantic 10.

To wit, Sports Illustrated has an article about how transfers have become more important, starting with a photo of coach Mike Lonergan and talking about Maurice Creek and Zeke Armwood. The article begins:
WASHINGTON -- A few blocks from the United Nations D.C. offices on K Street, George Washington University has emerged as the free-market face of college basketball. A program picked 10th in the 13-team Atlantic 10 has catapulted out to a 12-2 start and is on the cusp of the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 2007. 
The dim expectations appeared justified. The Colonials stumbled to a 13-17 record last season, and two of their top players transferred -- Lasan Kromah to UConn and David Pellom to Memphis. But thanks to Indiana transfer Mo Creek and former Villanova captain Isaiah Armwood, George Washington has defeated Creighton and Maryland and become an archetype for building a modern college basketball program. 
"We're Transfer U," said GW assistant Maurice Joseph, who fittingly jumped from Michigan State to Vermont as a player.
No idea what UN offices they are talking about, though, and how that actually applies to this argument. Maybe they are confusing the UN with the IMF and World Bank, as in they support free trade? I dunno -- and also this is a very GW discussion to be having. In any case, nice to see such praise in a big article. There's actually a lot more too about how Lonergan worked to find these guys, how well they fit in here, and how they're building national prominence.

CBS's Jon Rothstein points out Maurice Creek as a player not getting enough national attention, while also arguing that the A-10 might get more NCAA bids than the Big East

Then, ESPN has an article about how good and wide-open the A-10 is this season with a nice mention of GW.

Great to see the good guys getting this much press this year. Let's hope it continues, and keeps leading to bigger things!

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