Therence Mayimba once again ruled ineligible
Therence Mayimba playing for Gabon in FIBA Afrobasket 2015
Jaire Grayer talks about selecting George Mason
George Mason gets another late pickup, forward Daniel Relvao

Therence Mayimba once again ruled ineligible

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We got some sad news yesterday via redshirt freshman Therence Mayimba’s instagram account. It appears that once again he has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and likely keeping him off the college basketball hardwood for good. Recently he’s been playing in the FIBA Afrobasket 2015 tournament for his home nation of Gabon and doing well. He was been enrolled at George Mason and seen working head coach Dave Paulsen’s summer camps with other players. 

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Therence Mayimba playing for Gabon in FIBA Afrobasket 2015

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While we sit and wait for the NCAA to grant redshirt freshman Therence Mayimba eligibility, he has been playing for his home nation of Gabon in the FIBA Afrobasket 2015 championship. The event is a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Mayimba got off to a slow start but has been heating up and playing more minutes in recent games. He’s averaged 12.2 PPG and RPG thus far and in today’s loss against Nigeria he hit four three-pointers in a row on his way to 21 points.

Sadly George Mason still says there is “no news from the NCAA” on the matter of his eligibility. #FREEMAYIMBA

Jaire Grayer talks about selecting George Mason

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George Mason received two more commitments for their 2015 class earlier this week and 6’5″ guard Jaire Grayer could have an immediate impact. The local media from his hometown of Flint, Michigan caught up with him to discuss why he chose George Mason over another year of prep school:

Three-star basketball recruit, Jaire Grayer, was close to pursuing a post-graduate season at Don Bosco Prep in Indiana, to chase bigger college offers.

But after making the trip to Fairfax, Va. for a visit to George Mason University, the Flint guard changed his mind.

Grayer, 18, fell in love with the campus and ultimately decided to sign with the program this week. He will leave Flint to begin his college journey on Thursday, Aug. 28.

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George Mason gets another late pickup, forward Daniel Relvao

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Yesterday we got news that Dave Paulsen was not done filling out the 2015-16 roster and he and the staff continued today as they added former Valparaiso commit Daniel Relvao. Relvao is a 6’9″ forward who is originally from Coimbra, Portugal and played for Mountain Mission prep school last season. The reason he is available so late in the game is because Valparaiso just got news that one of their seniors, Vashil Fernandez, earned a fifth year of eligibility. He only has been playing basketball for three years, so he’s definitely a raw big man Paulsen looks to build up and could be a redshirt candidate.

Relvao will take the 13th and last available scholarship for George Mason in 2015-16.

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George Mason picks up another 2015 recruit: Jaire Grayer

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Dave Paulsen and his staff aren’t finished yet bringing in players to fill out the 2015-16 roster. 6’5″ shooting guard Jaire Grayer announced on twitter that he has committed to George Mason and it appears to be a late steal for Paulsen. Grayer, like two other incoming freshman in Mason’s 2015 class, recently attended IMG Academy in Florida. Paulsen and his staff were able to convince Grayer to forgo a post grad year at prep school and start his college career this season instead of joining the 2016 recruiting field.

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Will we see Therence Mayimba on the court this season?

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One of the biggest question marks heading into the 2015-16 season with a new coaching staff is whether or not Therence Mayimba will be on the court. Mayimba, currently listed as a redshirt freshman on the team’s website, never became eligible because of issues with his foreign transcript. But earlier this week, Jalen Jenkins posted a video of he and Mayimba dunking at Dave Paulsen’s youth basketball camp, the first documented proof we’ve seen of him back on campus and around his teammates in awhile:

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Matchups set for 2015 Charleston Classic

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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.

Non-conference schedule released

George Mason released their non-conference schedule yesterday and it features six home games including Northen Iowa:

Mark your calendars for November 13 Mason Nation…@masonmbb home opener! See you at EagleBank Arena real soon! #WeAreMason

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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.