Friday, June 23, 2017

GW signs Illinois transfer DJ Williams

Here's some good news: GW signed former Illinois wing DJ Williams, who left that program in May. He was a former 4-star recruit but played sparingly for the Illini, appearing in 4 games. He'll sit for a season then play in the next one and has two years of eligibility.

He's a 6'7" guard from Chicago, so it's nice to see Maurice Joseph getting some talent from there -- former star forward Mike Hall is from the Windy City as well, he played on the great mid-2000s teams and played a bit in the NBA, later starring in Europe.

There's a big GWHoops thread on him, and here's his Illinois profile. He earned a lot of praise coming out of high school (see below) but his minutes dropped each year at Illinois on a stacked team. He did seem improve towards the end of the year. I hope he gets an opportunity to shine here!
  • #11 small forward nationally as a senior
  • Consensus national top-100 recruit
  • Second-team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
  • Special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette
  • Second-team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Ranked No. 78 on the recruiting services consensus index
  • Ranked No. 46 nationally by Scout, No. 64 by ESPN and No. 91 by 247Sports
  • Participated in USA Basketball U17 Training Camp in the summer of 2014
  • MVP of the MPAC Sports Elite International Tournament in Dubai in the summer of 2014, leading Simeon to the title while averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists
  • Averaged 10 points, six rebounds and four assists as a junior, earning special mention All-State honors by the IBCA
  • Member of Simeon teams that won IHSA Class 4A state titles his freshman (2012) and sophomore (2013) seasons
  • High school coach was Rob Smith
  • Played for the Meanstreets AAU program, coached by Tai Streets

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Awesome interview with Maurice Joseph on NBC's College Basketball Talk: check it out

GW head coach Maurice Joseph recently joined NBC Sports' Rob Dauster's College Basketball Talk podcast -- it's a great interview and Mojo seems like an awesome, smart guy. Check it out. He talks about recruiting, Canadian hoops, GW and more.

As Thinker said on the GWHoops site:

  • If you want to understand why GW picked MoJo to lead the team - listen to the podcast. 
  • If you are skeptical that someone so young can lead the program - listen to the podcast. 
  • If you wonder whether MoJo will likely be able to recruit well - listen to the podcast.
  • If you are excited about the future of GW basketball with MoJo at the helm - listen to the podcast regularly. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wanna be the Colonial Army President? GW is taking applications

The Colonial Army's, GW's student fan club, needs a new president as Kate Bell is graduating this year. Check it out, and apply yourself!

Apply for Colonial Army President

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Colonial Army President. If you are interested in leading @GW_Sports biggest fan group on campus, submit your application today! The deadline to apply is Friday, April 7th.

Friday, March 3, 2017

GW vs Dayton this weekend: relive buzzer beaters from past years

The Colonials face Dayton this weekend, and these games have been awesome in the past few years -- big turnouts and close matchups. GW has won three at the buzzer, let's see it happens again. Here's a few videos of those awesome endings.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice USA Today article on Maurice Joseph

This is cool -- USA Today has a profile of Coach Mojo, talking about hitting the ground running after being named interim head coach a day before practice started. In this case, it was literally, he immediately went to East Lansing, Michigan to meet with his mentor and former coach, Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

Mojo played for Izzo (see above) before transferring to Vermont, and he got a lot of advice from him before the season.

The good guys are currently 13-12 and 5-7 in conference, though that was almost 6-6 with a near-win over VCU. Nice to see this article, and nice to be in the news lately for something other than that painful game.

Photo from the AP via the USA Today article

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Want some cool GW hats? Lids and the GW Bookstore have some awesome ones

The other day I was goofing around online and spotted some cool GW caps from Lids -- I didn't know they carried them. That got me browsing more and I found a few nice designs on other sites like the GW Athletics Department's official store. (The GW Bookstore seems to carry the same ones as the department.)

They're also not too expensive, and some of the ones on Lids are on sale.

There's some cool designs on both sites -- any other places you'd suggest to find GW hats or other gear?
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