Matchups for the 2015 Charleston Classic were announced a few days ago and George Mason will face SEC opponent Ole Miss in their first game. The winner of that game will face either Oklahoma State or Towson. The tournament games will be on ESPN’s network of channels.
These early season tournaments are always a great test and will give us a clearer picture of what to expect this season.
Now that George Mason is officially an Adidas school (personally not a fan) we will see the team in new uniforms this season. If they look like the ones Rhode Island and Bucknell have worn the past couple of years I’m fine with it. Freshman DeAndre Abram posted this picture recently of the new practice jerseys.
George Mason released their non-conference schedule yesterday and it features six home games including Northen Iowa:
The previous staff did not leave much for this season’s non-conference slate so Dave Paulsen and his crew probably have to scramble to fill dates. However it is great to see old rival James Madison back on the schedule.
The Atlantic 10 schedule pairings are set for the 2015-16 season:
Dave Paulsen and his staff added two more 2015 recruits to fill some of the roster vacancies, 6’7″ small forward DeAndre Abram and 6’0″ point guard Otis Livingston. Livingston seems to be the more talked about player on the recruiting trail and is being viewed as a steal for George Mason. He’s labeled as a pass-first guard who has the ability to finish well at the rim.
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Isaiah Jackson and Eric Lockett were granted their releases yesterday leaving more vacant spots on the roster following the transfer news of Trey Porter. Lockett was supposed to be a promising back court player but battled injuries and Jackson really developed into one of the team’s top scorers at the end of the season. However both were small forwards in high school and were transitioning into back court player roles in Paul Hewitt’s system.
Here is a breakdown of the scholarship situation from Verbal Commits’ site.
George Mason president Dr. Angel Cabrera mentioned last September that the university was seeking a naming gift for the Patriot Center and it was announced yesterday that it will become EagleBank Arena. The sponsorship deal is worth $6.6 million over 10 years and has an option to be renewed for another 10 years. The naming rights change is effective July 1 and it means more funds coming to the athletic department. This is another one of the first big changes new athletic director Brad Edwards and Cabrera have made and it certainly won’t be the last. Bringing money into the basketball program has always been a tough task and this is a step in the right direction.