Jalen Jenkins named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week

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With George Mason off to a rough start in the Atlantic 10, one bright spot has been redshirt freshman Jalen Jenkins. Today it was announced that he was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. Well deserved as he averaged 15 PPG and 9.5 RPG in the Patriots’ first two conference games so far. He’s also been moved into the starting lineup and continues to shows development in his game.

Jenkin’s improvement over the course of the season helps convince us that Paul Hewitt knows what he’s doing on the recruiting trails. Should we believe as he starts to bring in more of his own recruits, especially with the 2014 class, that play will start to improve on the court? We won’t know for awhile but if we’re trying to be optimistic about this program, as difficult as it may be, I guess that’s where we have to start.

  • gamoo79

    Perhaps only the beginning of a trend I was referring to when I received a thumbs down to my last post. Maybe not, but it does offer a modicum of hope.

    • GMUPATS74

      Look at Villanova. They were 13-19 before the gradual improvement last year when they got back to the big dance, and now they’re a top 5 team.
      Not saying that’s going to be us but after 15 consecutive winning seasons maybe we’re due for one dud season…

      • StopWearingPurple

        Agree. While Hewitt can be frustrating it would be smart to allow him time to get the players he thinks he needs to fit his system. Also, I feel I am being generous, not on the additional time but on giving him credit for having a system.

        • gamoo79

          Yes, It might drive us crazy, but I don’t think we can know for sure where all this is going until we see where the team is at the end of his contract.

          • David Houck

            2 and a half more years of this…….

          • GMUPATS74

            gamoo79, trust me, you’ll see GMU’s fortunes rise again. For a fan that’s been following the team since the obscure years then onto the national stage, its only normal to see a decline before another potential rise.

          • Rick Jank

            GMUPAT: I guess that means VCU is abnormal, which I would generally agree with, but this is not what I would have in mind!

          • GMUPATS74

            I can’t speak for VCU Rick, but look at Butler, they’re 0-4 and at the bottom of the new Big East.

          • Kyle Stegner

            I understand your point. Butler is in a more competetive conference. Thier talent was good enough to dominant the horizon league but going to have to recruit better if they want to make an NCAA in the New Big East. Mason is also in a similiar position since the A10 is considered more competetive than the CAA. But here is the problem we returned most of our veterans and did poorly in our non conference games. We lost to Iona, USF, Princeton, Old Dominion, and Oregon State. These were schools I believe we should have won against. Should have had 11 or 12 wins in our nonconference schedule. Instead we finished 7-7. What I’m trying to say is we did poorly in our nonconference games before we began losing 2 straight A10 conference games. Mason’s situation is a little bit different than Butler’s.

          • GMUPATS74

            You do make good points, but remember Indiana also went through 3 hellish seasons when Tom Crean first started, and South Carolina is underperforming even though Martin is their head coach.
            Yes we should’ve won a lot more non-conference games, but we didn’t, don’t know why, maybe its because of lack of fundamentals and seniors not stepping up. But we didn’t win those games and we just have to move on.

      • Rick Jank

        Well, I see the point also about it being normal or usual to have “off years”, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Gonzaga being the greatest example, and VCU being the ugliest damn example one could possibly think of. Even Butler, going through its changes, has a very good chance of regaining its stature without too much down time, given its tremendous success as of late. And that brings to mind the overall point: yes, it’s hard to stay at the top — it’s a competitive sport nationwide, and thanks in part to Mason, everyone feels like this year could be their year. But I do think that, among the teams similar to Mason who have tasted greatness and are fighting to maintain that success, Mason’s slide back into obscurity is in danger of being one of the worst.

        • GMUPATS74

          You do make good points, but remember Indiana went through 3 hellish seasons when Tom Crean first started before he rebuilt them, and South Carolina is underperforming even though Martin is their head coach. Both of these coaches are better X & O than Hewitt.

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