Atlantic 10 conference schedule released
RealGM previews the Atlantic 10 in ’14-’15
2015 Ahmad Gilbert commits to George Mason
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2015 forward Charlie Thomas has George Mason on final list

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Paul Hewitt and his staff picked up their first 2015 recruit with Ahmad Gilbert verbally committing to the program last week and they could be close to another. If you attended the open practice two weeks ago you might have noticed a potential recruit watching in the corner with assistant coaches. That was 2015 forward Charlie Thomas IV from River Hill (MD). Today Thomas stated his final list that includes George Mason:

Thomas is a 6’7″ power forward who may appear undersized by college standards to play the position but that doesn’t seem to matter as he is usually the toughest and strongest guy on the court. Some say he projects as either a power or small forward at the college level and looks to be in the mold of a Jalen Jenkins. He led his team last winter by scoring in a variety of ways, three-pointers, lay-ups, foul shots, and mid-range jumpers. Looks to be another player the staff is going after that can play multiple positions and has a lot of versatility.

RealGM previews the Atlantic 10 in ’14-’15

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RealGM gives a lengthy preview of the upcoming 2014-15 Atlantic 10 basketball season based on statistical projections and historical data. They have George Mason in the “Hoping for the NIT” category and give a pretty accurate assessment of this upcoming season’s team. It certainly is one of the more detailed season outlooks we have seen so far as they point out strengths, weaknesses and question marks.

First they talk about the front court:

“George Mason has incredible depth in the frontcourt. It starts with former Top 100 recruit and Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal who is debuting this season. But don’t overlook the slightly undersized Jalen Jenkins and Eric Copes, who were outstanding shot-blockers and rebounders last year, though Jenkins is the better offensive player. And while ESPN, Rivals, and Scout had mixed reviews, Scout gave a very high ranking to freshman Therence Mayimba. The difference in recruiting ranking probably comes down to potential vs ability. Mayimba is a great athlete and rebounder who is raw. Meanwhile Top 100 JUCO recruit Shevon Thompson is a true 7 footer who should make an impact right away. I honestly keep waiting to hear that incumbent junior forward Marko Gujanicic has transferred. That’s what tends to happen in these situations. And I don’t know why three star forward Trey Porter chose George Mason over George Washington when he’s almost guaranteed to redshirt at GMU.”

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Short recap of the team’s first game in Barcelona:

2015 Ahmad Gilbert commits to George Mason

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Paul Hewitt looks to have received his first commitment of the 2015 recruiting class. Ahmad Gilbert, a 6’6″ wing from Philadelphia, has announced on twitter and others have confirmed that he has chosen George Mason:

Hewitt loves taking athletic 6’5″ – 6’7″ small forwards and turning them into shooting guards at the college level and this looks like another one of those situations. ESPN has him as a 4-star kid and shows that Wichita State had offered him as well. Temple and USF were also in his final eight. 

Our friends over at City of Basketball Love have shared some praise for him:

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More from yesterday’s game:

And here are the highlights mentioned on GoMason.com:

Mason defeated Units pel Basquet Gandia in the first game of the trip, 85-61. Patrick Holloway led the Patriots with 18 points, while newcomer Shevon Thompson posted a double-double behind 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Trey Porter recorded five blocks and five steals.

“I am very happy with the energy level of the team considering the travel challenges and time adjustments,” commented head coach Paul Hewitt.