2017 recruit Goanar Mar commits to George Mason
Otis Livingston and Jaire Grayer shining in Kenner League
George Mason extends Dave Paulsen through 2021
Bryon Allen collects 7 steals in summer league debut

2017 recruit Goanar Mar commits to George Mason

marLast night head coach Dave Paulsen got a great start to his 2017 recruiting class, a commitment from four star forward Goanar Mar. First reported by Evan Daniels, the news brings a bold start to Paulsen’s second year at George Mason. Mar (6’7″) is known as a versatile wing with good fundamentals and a lock-down defender. He is currently attending De La Salle high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Otis Livingston and Jaire Grayer shining in Kenner League

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Sophomores Otis Livingston II and Jaire Grayer seem to be having a good summer playing in the Kenner League at Georgetown:

The development of these two guards is something that will be pivot to next season’s success. Both were starters last season and played a ton of minutes by freshman standards. They were streaky shooters at times but when they got hot Mason’s offense was rolling.

From HoyaReport.com:

Otis Livingston, Jr. – Higher Level, 5’11”, 180 pound sophomore point guard, George Mason – A good driver, Livingston was on the controls. Ran the show. Scored 14 points.

Should become more of a knock down shooter.

Now with confidence and some the development of their outside shooting I think they will soon be able to hang with any guards in the Atlantic 10.

George Mason extends Dave Paulsen through 2021

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Some good summer news to post, George Mason has extended head coach Dave Paulsen’s contract through 2021. A move that clearly shows the confidence athletic director Brad Edwards has in Paulsen’s direction, even after just one season. The move shows me that Paulsen has already exceeded early expectations of most and given the magnitude of the rebuilding project he took on here it’s well deserved. It’s also a strong move by the university to put of a stamp on the fact that “this is our guy” for our men’s basketball program. All that being said, Paulsen still has his work cut out of him making this team a contender in the Atlantic 10.

[Photo by Bill Bride]

Bryon Allen collects 7 steals in summer league debut

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Mason alum Bryon Allen took advantage of big time Ben Simmons absence in the Sixers’ summer league game against the Spurs yesterday. He did not appear in the teams first game but finished with 10 points and 7 steals in this one. Hopefully Allen can continue to get minutes and stand out among the young guards on the Sixers.

Bryon Allen to play on Sixers NBA summer league team

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While Shevon Thompson is trying to catch on with the New Orleans Pelicans in this year’s NBA summer league, another former Patriot is getting a shot with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryon Allen, seen above second from the left, has popped up on the Sixers summer league roster and could be one of their new guards to watch this summer. If he has developed his outside shot while playing overseas I like his chances of possibly catching on with this young Sixers team.

The Sixers first game is tonight at 7 pm and will be on NBA TV and also streamed on ESPN3.

Lebanon Valley College added to the schedule

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For the second time in three years George Mason will have a non-Division I team on the schedule and not as an exhibition game. In 2014 they hosted Division II Catawba at the RAC and yesterday news broke that Lebanon Valley College will be coming to play at Mason November 15th.  The home opener against Towson is set for November 12. LVC is a Division III school which makes this a bit of a head-scratching move at first glance but given the young roster heading into the season and the need to fill game slots it’s understandable. Also, the last time LVC played a DI school it was against Bucknell and Dave Paulsen has a prior relationship with their head coach:

“The Patriots are currently led by second-year coach Dave Paulsen, a former headman at Bucknell. It was during Paulsen’s time leading the Bison that he came to know McAlester, as well as Terry Conrad, then a colleague and also the father of current LVC rising senior Travis Conrad.

Through these connections and brief scheduling negotiations, the historic date was set.”

Not an exciting home game to look forward to, although I would enjoy seeing another game at the RAC. With few upperclassmen and a lot of freshmen and sophomores it makes sense to get some games like this on the schedule to help the team build and grow before their tough Atlantic 10 slate.

Shevon Thompson to play on New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league team

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Shevon Thompson wasn’t selected in the NBA draft but we knew he’d most likely be on someone’s summer league squad. News today just broke that he will be playing on the New Orleans Pelican’s summer team:

Thompson will join New Orleans draftees Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Cheick Diallo (Kansas) on the team which starts play next week. The first game will be televised on ESPN July 8th at 10:30 pm.