Will Shevon Thompson get a shot in the NBA?
Atlantic 10 announces 2016-17 schedule pairings
George Mason to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament
Troy Temara signs his letter of intent

Shevon Thompson to play on New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league team

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Shevon Thompson wasn’t selected in the NBA draft but we knew he’d most likely be on someone’s summer league squad. News today just broke that he will be playing on the New Orleans Pelican’s summer team:

Thompson will join New Orleans draftees Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Cheick Diallo (Kansas) on the team which starts play next week. The first game will be televised on ESPN July 8th at 7:30 pm.

Will Shevon Thompson get a shot in the NBA?

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NBA teams have been scouting Shevon Thompson for quite some time. Thompson was arguably one of the most dominate and efficient rebounders in Division I basketball last season and has the big wingspan NBA teams love.  However he has only been playing basketball for a short period of time, since his junior year of high school, and there are some areas of the game where he still looks very raw. He has received praise while working out for several teams including Washington, Chicago, Orlando, and Houston:

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Atlantic 10 announces 2016-17 schedule pairings

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Today the Atlantic 10 announced the schedule pairings for 2016-17 season. Once again George Mason will play GW, VCU, Richmond, and Saint Louis twice but this year UMass is their final home and away partner instead of Davidson. The rest of the pairing for Mason are below:

Home- Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Rhode Island, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU

Away- Davidson, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU

Tough away schedule for Mason but at least they only face a very strong Rhode Island team at home during the year.

George Mason to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament

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Well we finally know which early season tournament George Mason will be playing in this fall, the Gulf Coast Showcase. The tournament, typically made up of mid-majors, will take place just before Thanksgiving weekend, November 21-23. The rest of the field includes:

The good thing about this tournament is that Mason could go far and possibly win the whole thing. Bad part is they don’t get a crack at a BCS team like they typically do in these tournaments. It sure was fun to watch them battle Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and UVA last year in Charleston. Hopefully we are only in a smaller tournament like this because of the coaching staff change and the new staff wasn’t in early enough to get a better invite.

Mike Morrison attends Utah Jazz mini-camp

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Former George Mason standout Mike Morrison, who has most recently been playing in Germany, was invited to a free agent mini-camp by the Utah Jazz this week. There is a Mason connection with the Jazz, as former assistant coach Mike Wells (’11-’13) is currently apart of their coaching staff. Great to see Morrison’s accomplishments overseas rewarded and that he was able to get an opportunity with NBA scouts. Hopefully he did well at the workouts and we will see him on a summer league team soon.

Troy Temara signs his letter of intent

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Troy Temara, a 6’8″, athletic forward has signed his letter of intent to play at George Mason after verbally committing to the program back in September. Temara is probably the most athletic and physically gifted of the 2016 class and has plenty of highlight reels that include monster dunks.  The interesting thing with him is if he can bring that outside jumper in the post, a staple in Dave Paulsen’s pick and pop offense that we didn’t see this season. With Shevon Thompson and Marko Gujanicic gone, the team is in desperate need for some athleticism and scoring up front. The question will be whether or not he can form a formidable pair in the front court with Jalen Jenkins.

Temara joins a Mason recruiting class that includes sharp-shooters Kamari Newman, Justin Kier and shooting guard Ian Boyd.

2016 GMUHoops.com Bracket Challenge

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It’s that time again, join our bracket challenge on CBSSports.com and win Mason prizes. Join an elite group of winners that features former walk-on player Jimmy Nolan! 

Here is the link to the bracket group

The password is mason

My wife has already picked her bracket, based on team mascots, and will probably beat me again for the fifth straight year. Good luck.