Late addition to the 2016 recruiting class AJ Wilson will redshirt this season, according to Corey Evans of Hoop Seen:
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.
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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.
[via Kenner League]
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.
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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.
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.
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]
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.
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.