2017-18 Schedule Update
Schedule update: George Mason to open Cancun Challenge vs Louisiana Tech
Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter commits to George Mason
Greg Calixte at signing day

Auburn added to non-conference schedule

Schedule update, George Mason will be traveling to Auburn this season as another addition to their non-conference schedule:

The Tigers will host George Mason this fall in the first ever meeting of the teams. George Mason is Auburn’s third home non-conference opponent announced publicly along with UAB and UConn.

“That’s your classic, who we play,” Pearl said. “That classic team that’s been in the tournament, that’s got a good team coming back.”

 

2017-18 Schedule Update

I’ve been hearing a rumor for awhile, now from multiple people, that George Mason will be playing at Louisville this November. [Enter Luke Hancock joke here]. It appears to be a buy game, in which Mason will receive money to play in the game and their won’t be a return trip. The program hasn’t done a buy game like this since December of 2006 when they traveled to Cameron to face Duke on ESPN. Perhaps they are doing this for added exposure and recruiting reasons or maybe they just want to have headliner on their non-conference schedule. We’ll have to see if this all turns out to be true but I’m always excited at a chance to see Mason knock off a power five school. With still a relatively young team, having no seniors, this could be a valuable road trip for the squad in the long run.

In other scheduling news, the Atlantic 10 announced their conference pairings for the 2017-18 season. Here who Mason will be facing this year:

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Schedule update: George Mason to open Cancun Challenge vs Louisiana Tech

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George Mason just released the schedule for the games related to the Cancun Challenge tournament this November. It starts off with Mason hosting two games on campus; Binghamton (11/16) and Cal State Northridge (11/18), then traveling to Mexico for an opening round game against Louisiana Tech. Former Mason assistant Eric Konkol is LA Tech’s head coach and former player Tony Skinn is an assistant. In the next round they will face eitherĀ Fresno State or Evansville.

George Mason adds local walk-on

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Zach Garrett of Heritage high school in Leesburg, VA will be joining George Mason basketball as a walk-on. Garrett is a 6’4″ guard/small forward who will join fellow walk-on George Papas, added last month, on the practice squad. Like Papas, Garrett looks like a great shooter with long range. He’s a much bigger body though which is definitely needed on the practice court for Mason. You can watch some of his highlights here.

Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter commits to George Mason

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Virginia sophomore forward Jarred Reuter has committed to George Mason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

We got news of Reuter deciding between George Washington and George Mason late last week after he was taking visits to both campuses. Since Reuter is a sophomore he will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility starting in 2018-19. He’s coming to Mason looking for more playing time as he only averaged just over 10 minutes a game with the Cavaliers last season. Despite that, his physical presence inside helped to be a difference in a number of games while at UVA.

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Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter considering George Mason

Virginia forward Jarred Reuter is transferring and is considering George Mason according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Reuter just finished his sophomore year so he would have two years of eligibility left. He played in 32 games for the Cavaliers this seasonĀ averaging 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 10.8 minutes per game. At 6’7″, 243 pounds Reuter would bring size and experience to the front court that has a lot of developing young players. I definitely like the fact the Dave Paulsen is looking into the transfer market to fill the available scholarships.

New Jersey shooter George Papas joins team as preferred walk-on

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Dave Paulsen added another player yesterday with the addition of George Papas from Plainfield, New Jersey. Judging from some of his posted highlights videos, see below, it’s mentioned that heĀ was heavily recruited by DII and DIII schools but had also been offered preferred walk-on spots at DI schools.Ā After confirming with him that is what is happening here.

A preferred walk-on is someone who isn’t offered a scholarship but was recruited and invited to join the team. With these types of player a scholarship can possibly be offered later down the road. The difference between this type of walk-on and a plain walk-on who trys out for the team, is that a preferred one is typically treated like scholarship player and not just a practice squad member.

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Greg Calixte at signing day

636283845050931074-jm042117-Letters-14Recent George Mason commit Greg Calixte signed his national letter of intent last week at a ceremony at Mount Vernon high school. Calixte, who had a late start to the game, talks about how much work he had to put in to to get to this point:

“There was definitely a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” Calixte said. “I was bad. I was terrible. To actually come here, it still feels surreal. Iā€™m just happy.”

Dave Paulsen and his staff must feel that Calixte probably hasn’t played his best basketball yet and still has a lot to learn. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can further development this big man; he certainly seems like he has the tools. You have to like that we have a kid coming in though who knows what hard work is and what the rewards can be. Welcome to Mason Nation Greg.

The story behind why Therence Mayimba never played at George Mason

Mayimba sideline 1Many George Mason fans, including myself, were very excited when news broke that Therence Mayimba had committed to the program back in 2013. It appeared to be a big catch for Paul Hewitt and a player that could contribute right away on both ends. But Mayimba never saw the court and was sidelined behind eligibility issues with the NCAA. Mayimba came to the U.S. from Gabon as a teenager and unfortunately this issue is something that is not uncommon for foreign players from Africa. I was always told by the previous coaching staff that they were waiting on paperwork from his home country to clear and that the NCAA was just dragging their feet. Apparently that wasn’t the whole story.

Just last month Fan Rag Sports did a big article on the eligibility issues with the NCAA and African players and we get a lot more insight on what exactly happened with Mayimba. Hewitt and his staff complain that the NCAA kept “moving the target” and they kept making the issue about something else even after they proved Mayimba’s good grades and proved birth documents.

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Forward Greg Calixte commits to George Mason

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2017 recruit Greg Calixte took an official visit last weekend and today he announced he’s committed to George Mason:

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