Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LeBron James talks about playing against former GW star Maureece Rice in high school

This is cool: LeBron James talks to the Philadelphia Tribune about his battle with former GW star guard Maureece Rice in high school. Rice is the all-time leading scorer in Philly high school history, topping Wilt Chamberlain's record. He was a key cog in the Colonials' 2005-06 and 2006-07 NCAA tournament teams.
“He’s [Maureece Rice] the all-time leading scorer in Philadelphia history past Wilt Chamberlain,” James said. “We knew we had our hands full trying to shut him down. We didn’t want to lose. We knew all about him.”
LeBron's St. Vincent-St. Mary's High in Akron visited Philly to play Strawberry Mansion, one of the top teams in the country. LeBron's team won but Rice is remembered for an ankle-breaking crossover on King James. Check out that crowd!

Here's some more highlights from the game.

Rice was kicked off GW towards the end of his senior year. He later played in the D-League and overseas.              

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Today is Giving Tuesday: help support GW athletics

Today is Giving Tuesday, the yearly tradition to donate to charity (as opposed to Black Friday, etc.) And donating to GW is tax deductible! So help out! Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Support the GW Student-Athlete Experience with a gift to GW Athletics or a specific team at Your gift helps us give 520 varsity athletes the best possible experience as competitors, students, aspiring professionals, and human beings. These are amazing young men and women empowered to do amazing things. For real.

2. Spread the word on FB, Twitter, text people, forward this email, whatever. Just encourage them to join you in supporting us on Giving Tuesday, and include the link.

3. Do both 1 and 2!

Here's a nice video from the school about how your donation helps student athletes:

GW Athletics Buff & Blue Fund Playbook for Student-Athlete Success from GW Alumni and Development on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

GW signs three recruits; home opener Friday!

Busy week for GW hoops fans! The Colonials played their exhibition game last week against Fairmont State, coached by freshman guard Justin Mazzula's brother! And now there's more good news: the home opener is Friday against Howard at 7 pm, and the Colonials signed three recruits.

The trio is point guard Shandon Brown, power forward Marcus Littles, and wing forward Mezie Offurum. Here's more from GW:
GW Men’s Basketball Signs Three to Letters of IntentColonials land a point guard, power forward and wing
WASHINGTON – GW men’s basketball head coach Maurice Joseph announced on Thursday the signing of Shandon Brown, Marcus Littles and Mezie Offurum to National Letters of Intent to join the Colonials for the 2018-19 season.

The trio provides GW with a point guard in Brown (Boston, Mass.), a power forward in Littles (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a wing in Offurum (Germantown, Md.). They’ll join a team which was already set to have 11 players with at least two years of eligibility remaining, giving the Colonials a strong core for the future. 

“This class will join a group of experienced players and will have an opportunity to grow with them,” said Joseph. “The fact that they will spend at least two years with the nucleus of guys we have now makes me feel great about the future of our program. We feel that we have added the pieces moving forward that will provide us with the depth, talent and experience that will be necessary to compete at the highest level.”

Shandon Brown5-10 | Guard
Boston, Mass. | New Hampton School

A Boston native, Brown plays his high school ball for New Hampton School in New Hampshire, a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). He was named the NEPSAC Class B Eastern Independent League player of the year in 2015. As a junior last season, he averaged more than 11 points and three assists per game as the Huskies went 22-9.

Brown has played AAU for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club since 2014, helping the team win the 19-and-under national championship this past July. He also holds a 3.6 GPA and intends to major in business at GW.

Joseph on Brown: “Shandon is a talented guard who has innate leadership qualities. He has the ability to both score the ball and run a team at a high level. His outgoing personality and infectious energy will be tremendous for the future of our program.”

Brown penned a letter on his decision to choose GW which can be seen here.

Marcus Littles6-9 | Forward
Philadelphia, Pa. | Neumann Goretti

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Littles has helped lead Neumann Goretti to a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A Championship in each of his three seasons playing varsity. Last year, the Saints went 24-7.

Littles is rated as the No. 124 recruit nationally by 247sports, and the 31st-ranked power forward. In the state of Pennsylvania, he’s the third-ranked prospect. He’s played on the AAU circuit since seventh grade, first with Team Final and this past summer, with WER1.

Joseph on Littles: “We are thrilled to add a frontcourt player with the size, mobility and skill set that Marcus possesses. The combination of his ability to score around the rim while having a good shooting touch will make him a tough matchup for opposing forwards. We look forward to having Marcus be our anchor for years to come.”

Littles on choosing GW: “When I began researching the university and all that it offered, I found it met both my academic and athletic needs. When I arrived on campus for the official visit it just felt right. The staff was very welcoming. My family was very supportive and also believed that GW was the right fit. I trust the vision that Coach Joseph as well as the assistants have for me. I’m very excited to begin the next phase of my career at GW.”

Mezie Offurum6-6 | Forward
Germantown, Md. | Georgetown Prep

At 6-foot-6, Offurum provides GW with an athletic and versatile wing who helped Georgetown Prep to a 20-6 record and a share of the 2016-17 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) title. He averaged more than 10 points and four rebounds a game his junior season while earning All-IAC honors. On the AAU circuit, Offurum plays for the D.C. Blue Devils.

Joseph on Offurum: “Mezie has the size and versatility to become an impact player in the Atlantic 10. Recruiting locally is a high priority for our program and this addition is one that we are all excited about. Mezie's work ethic on and off the court will allow him to thrive in Foggy Bottom.”

Offurum on choosing GW: “I felt GW was a fit on all levels. The academics are really good and the A-10 is a conference where I can develop into the player I want to be. I believe campus life will be great because from what I've seen people are very nice and the student atmosphere seems very lively. I also enjoy hanging out in this part of the city and I also like that I will be joining the culture of our nation’s capital. But most of all, I chose GW because I wholeheartedly trust what Coach Joseph and his staff have going, and I want to be a part of it. With his youth, passion, and knowledge of the game, I know and believe that this recruiting class and this team can accomplish something special.”​

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tyler Cavanaugh signs with Atlanta Hawks

Awesome! Former GW star forward Tyler Cavanaugh has signed a partially-guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks. That means he'll attend training camp and will get some dough no matter what. Chatter online suggests he may spend most of his time with the Hawks' D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

Pretty awesome to see another GW player in the pros! He joins recent NBA players like Patricio Garino, who played with the Magic last year and a bit before that Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Mike Hall.

Photo from GWSports

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Whoa! GW alumni game on Aug. 12: Shawnta, Sir Val, Pops, Tyler, Mike Hall, Mike King, more!!!

This sounds incredible. GW is organizing its first basketball alumni game on Saturday, August 12 at 11:30am, part of their GW Men's Basketball Reunion.

Coach Maurice Joseph tweeted out the rosters, and they're full of awesome names from the past: Shawnta Rogers, SirValiant Brown (who almost led the nation in scoring as a freshman), Mike Hall, Tyler Cavanaugh, Carl Elliott, Isaiah Armwood, and on and one. There's even some old timers there -- Don Ardell graduated in 1963!

There's a lot of NBA experience in there, stars from the past, fan favorites, and more. A few of these guys transferred to other schools, so it's cool to see them back to GW.

Here's more from GW. This is so awesome.
Dear Colonials Fan,

The GW Men's Basketball Program is about family. Whether in the Smith Center, the Tin Tabernacle, Uline Arena or Conmy Hall, if you were once a Colonial, you're forever a Colonial.

That's why I'm inviting you to join us to watch our alumni game on Saturday, August 12, at 11:30am, as part of the GW Men's Basketball Reunion. Players from across all eras of GW Basketball will come together on Tex Silverman Court and relive some of their best memories. I hope you'll cheer them on in the stands.

Tickets are free, but we ask that you RSVP by clicking here. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for updates on who's expected to play. I look forward to seeing you in the Smith Center.

Raise High,

Maurice Joseph
Head Coach, GW Men's Basketball

Thursday, July 13, 2017

See GW players this summer: 10 Colonials in the Kenner Summer League

If you need your hoops fix soon, or just want to see some of the new guys in action, you're in luck -- there are 10 Colonials playing in the Kenner League, a summer exhibition league that takes place at Georgetown's McDonough Gymnasium (i.e. where the Hoyas should play.)

GWSports has the news and which players are on which team. The league is usually fairly disorganized but this year they have a full schedule posted, which is nice. The games are underway and run until July 30.

I've been before, the games are pretty fun. Here's who is playing for GW:

2017 Nike Pro City Jabbo Kenner Summer League - GW Assignments

Darren McClinton All-Stars: Armel Potter and Justin Williams

Ballaholics University: D.J. Williams and Javier Langarica

Clydes: Jair Bolden and Terry Nolan Jr.

Higher Level: Maceo Jack and Justin Mazzulla

On Point: Yuta Watanabe and Arnaldo Toro

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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