During President Dr. Angel Cabrera’s AMA on reddit today, I asked a question about men’s basketball spending. Cabrera mentioned in his response that they are already working on a lot of projects in fundraising but the big news is that they are seeking a naming gift for the Patriot Center. I think a lot of us were wondering why this hadn’t happened yet, since it seems like an easy path to extra revenue for athletics. The university owns the facility but it is managed by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the same group that overseas the Verizon Center. I don’t know how this would all work specifically, but because my question referenced men’s basketball and they are really the only revenue producing team at the school, I think it would greatly impact their overall spending.
We haven’t seen George Mason host an exhibition game since the 2012-2013 season. But this year they have one scheduled against Shenandoah University on November 8 at 7 pm. Shenandoah is a division III program and will serve as a tune-up game before the season kicks off against Cornell that following Friday. It will be a great chance for us to see the new team in real action and for the new players to accustomed to home games at the Patriot Center.
The Atlantic 10 will announce today that they will have new locations for the men’s basketball tournament in 2017 (Pittsburgh) and 2018 (Washington, DC). In 2019 the tournament moves back to the Barclays Center, more from Andy Katz:
“The A-10 tournament will be at the Barclays in 2015 and ’16 and then again in 2019, 2020 and 2021 after the stints in Pittsburgh and D.C.
The ACC and the A-10 agreed to play one doubleheader a year between the two leagues with teams to be determined in 2015, ’16 and ’17 at the Barclays Center in exchange for the A-10 vacating two years at the arena so the ACC could hosts its tournament. The A-10 will also have a spot in the annual Brooklyn Hoops event at the Barclays Center.”
I’m all for new age technology training but if I’m trying to market this year’s George Mason basketball team, after last season, I don’t know if I’d post the below video. Especially when rival teams are doing this.
George Mason’s non-conference schedule is nearly complete, missing only one game but we do know all of their Atlantic 10 pairings for 2014-15. Today the dates were released for these conferences games:
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Paul Hewitt and his staff picked up their first 2015 recruit with Ahmad Gilbert verbally committing to the program last week and they could be close to another. If you attended the open practice two weeks ago you might have noticed a potential recruit watching in the corner with assistant coaches. That was 2015 forward Charlie Thomas IV from River Hill (MD). Today Thomas stated his final list that includes George Mason:
Thomas is a 6’7″ power forward who may appear undersized by college standards to play the position but that doesn’t seem to matter as he is usually the toughest and strongest guy on the court. Some say he projects as either a power or small forward at the college level and looks to be in the mold of a Jalen Jenkins. He led his team last winter by scoring in a variety of ways, three-pointers, lay-ups, foul shots, and mid-range jumpers. Looks to be another player the staff is going after that can play multiple positions and has a lot of versatility.
RealGM gives a lengthy preview of the upcoming 2014-15 Atlantic 10 basketball season based on statistical projections and historical data. They have George Mason in the “Hoping for the NIT” category and give a pretty accurate assessment of this upcoming season’s team. It certainly is one of the more detailed season outlooks we have seen so far as they point out strengths, weaknesses and question marks.
First they talk about the front court:
“George Mason has incredible depth in the frontcourt. It starts with former Top 100 recruit and Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal who is debuting this season. But don’t overlook the slightly undersized Jalen Jenkins and Eric Copes, who were outstanding shot-blockers and rebounders last year, though Jenkins is the better offensive player. And while ESPN, Rivals, and Scout had mixed reviews, Scout gave a very high ranking to freshman Therence Mayimba. The difference in recruiting ranking probably comes down to potential vs ability. Mayimba is a great athlete and rebounder who is raw. Meanwhile Top 100 JUCO recruit Shevon Thompson is a true 7 footer who should make an impact right away. I honestly keep waiting to hear that incumbent junior forward Marko Gujanicic has transferred. That’s what tends to happen in these situations. And I don’t know why three star forward Trey Porter chose George Mason over George Washington when he’s almost guaranteed to redshirt at GMU.”
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