Official practice for college basketball begins in 10 days.
First look at the full team, as photo day is in the books ✅ Inching closer to basketball season 📸🎬🏀 pic.twitter.com/v5uzniNnBr
— Mason Basketball (@MasonMBB) September 20, 2016
George Mason released their full schedule today. The last non-conference game added is December 22nd versus Prairie View A&M. The Atlantic 10 also announced the TV games for this year on their site. The Patriots will have nine of their conference games nationally televised this year.
Point guard prospect Javon Greene visited George Mason campus this weekend and apparently didn’t need to take any other visits. He announced on twitter last night that he will commit to George Mason and be apart of the 2017 recruiting class:
Honored to announce my commitment‼️ pic.twitter.com/DUcm1RKnyd
— Von™✨ (@_javon23) August 30, 2016
It was important for Dave Paulsen and his staff to get another point guard in this 2017, as Marquise Moore is getting ready to play his final season. Greene is known as being able to create plays and having excellent court vision. Some have mentioned him as one of the best point guards in the state of Georgia. He looks to be an excellent back up to Otis Livingston and will be another solid ball-handler in Mason’s future back court.
This is another smart, high basketball IQ guard, that Paulsen has added in his short time here in Fairfax. Mason’s back court is quickly getting more talented and deep as the days go by under this coaching staff. The program has struggled for over four years trying to find some stability at the point guard position and Paulsen has already seemed to have righted the ship in that area.
Late addition to the 2016 recruiting class AJ Wilson will redshirt this season, according to Corey Evans of Hoop Seen:
Missed it yesterday but solid, late add for George Mason. AJ Wilson will enroll this fall and redshirt. High energy and versatile forward
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) August 10, 2016
Given all the young players on this team it makes sense that someone would be redshirting this season. Wilson was considering an extra prep year of school before heading to college anyway. Now he gets to come in this fall and develop his game with the coaching staff before stepping up to the college ranks. In 2017, he and Goanar Mar will definitely help to revamp the front court and overall be tougher on defense.
Dave Paulsen, who said he wanted to make a point to recruit local when taking the George Mason job, has landed local recruit AJ Wilson. You may remember me mentioning recently on twitter that Wilson was undecided between coming to George Mason as a 2016 recruit or doing a year of prep school. Mason just won that recruiting battle and they will add immediate help up front and on the wing with Wilson.
— AJ Wilson (@Justdewit12) August 9, 2016
We mentioned recently about Otis Livingston II doing well in summer league action. Here are two GIFs that will make you wish the start of season was a bit closer.
Last 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.
2017 Goanar Mar of D1 Minnesota has committed to George Mason. Versatile wing, lock down defender, good shooter w/a high ceiling #VaHoops
— Jack Herron (@jwherron10) July 26, 2016
Sophomores Otis Livingston II and Jaire Grayer seem to be having a good summer playing in the Kenner League at Georgetown:
— Nike DC Pro City (@kennerleague) July 24, 2016
— Nike DC Pro City (@kennerleague) July 23, 2016
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.
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.
Great shoes Coach!