George Mason completes 2014 recruiting class with 7-footer

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George Mason’s 2014 recruiting class, which is shaping up to be one of the better ones within the Atlantic 10, was completed today with the addition of Shevon Thompson. Thompson is a native of Jamaica and is a JUCO transfer from Harcum College.  He’s only been playing basketball for a few years but has progressed substantially since his freshman year and is a legit 7-foot big man. The staff loves his upside but there is still work to do on his game. His overall size and tough play inside is a good complement to this recruiting class that is full of athletic, versatile players.

This recruiting class brings talent and strength to some areas that have been problems over the past two season. For starters, they have another point guard option in Isaiah Jackson, yes he plays the point and the staff is confident he can guard smaller guards. They also have do-it-all swingman Eric Lockett, another guy with size that has the versatility to play the one to three spots. Therence Mayimba is a another physical specimen who can score in a variety of ways and has dangerous athletic ability. Forward Trey Porter is a skinny 6’10” kid but continues to progress and had a great senior season. These are the kind of players that the program needs to compete in the A-10 and if anything it’s a darn good base to get things going.

  • GaMoo79

    Glad to hear you are so optimistic, Ryan. Maybe, just maybe, this is the beginning of good (dare I hope for great) things to come.

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikhernquist Erik Hernquist

    Good to hear. Love the size, but still a little iffy as far as PG. We’ll see. Nonetheless, this’ll be an attractive group for Mason’s new coach in ’15-’16.

    • mkaufman1

      Jackson can play PG.

  • Daniel Wu

    Nice grab by Hewitt. By the way does anyone have a link that shows the ranking of A10 teams in recruiting class for 2014? I would love to see where Mason stacks up compared to the other A10 teams in thier recruiting. Most of the A10 teams will be taking a step back and rebuilding a bit. If Hewitt can figure out a cohesive starting 5 and bench line up then I think there’s hop for a good season.

    ……I feel kind of bad for Corey Edwards, Vaughn Gray, Patrick Holloway, and Marko Gujanicic. With so many players with potential upside….at least 4 or 5 might be placed in the shelves with the cobwebs. Julian Royal no doubt will start PF, then Jalen Jenkins which is why I think Marko might be the first one placed onto the shelves.

    Someone posted on masonhoops.com that Hewitt has mentioned Therence Mayimba and Eric Lockett as the replacement for Allen and Sherrod. If thats the case add one or two of the three (Corey Edwards, Vaughn Gray, Patrick Holloway) onto the shelves.

    • gmuhoops

      Here is one http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Basketball/CompositeTeamRankings?Conference=A-10

      Lockett is probably going to have the most immediate impact of the group. He can play the two, which they will need.

      • mkaufman1

        I broke down the roster for a friend of mine, and when you look at it you basically have 4 who can be intermixed at the 2/3 positions (Mayimba, Lockett, Jackson, Gray). While it makes little to no sense to us to have it like that (and have one REAL “2” in Holloway), obviously Hewitt may know something more. I really hope that any of those 4 I named can fill in at the 2, and its not a square peg in a round hole.

    • GaMoo79

      I never have been a Marko fan, and if Patrick is going to continue to see significant minutes he better learn to play some D, and I still have been disappointed that he hasn’t (in my mind) lived up to his billing as a shooter.

      • StopWearingPurple

        I can see Patrick being a guy who comes off the bench and hits a couple of threes. Marko really progressed will in his freshmen year but seemed a little lost in his sophomore year.

  • Leedy1896

    Will someone from the new class redshirt? And will Shevon Thompson be the tallest player in GMU history? I think Andre Gaddy and Vlad Moldoveanu were 6’10”.

    • David Houck

      With Thompson coming in, I have to think Porter would redshirt. He can put some muscle and go up against Thompson and Copes everyday in practice. I just don’t know where the playing time would be for him if Copes is healthy and awake, and there’s no reason to waste a year of eligibility.
      Very interested to see what happens with Royal and Jenkins as well. The possibility is there to have Copes/Thompson, Royal, and Jenkins on the floor at the same time. Could this prompt Holloway to play a little point guard to stretch the defense?

    • dsnjd1

      Both Gaddy and Vlad were tall but far from heavyweights, Vlad, in fact, would have preferred not to mix it up inside and to play on the perimeter at all times, as he eventually did at A.U.. While Gaddy, who was in a few of my classes at Mason, was utilized as more of a true center, but no one would ever accuse him of being a bruiser and having the classic body of a center. Mason has NEVER had a top flight center like Shevon Thompson. He’s a real game changer.

      • GaMoo79

        I remember when Gaddy came to Mason. I may have been a senior. Anyway, I, and the other fan (singular, not much of an exageration) at the games, thought it was cool that we actually had a player from Brooklyn, and not just Fairfax or Vienna. We had hit the big time, baby!

  • GaMoo79

    Maybe between Moore and Jackson our pg play will be better than it has been in a while. I certainly hope so.

    My question about Thompson, though, is, if he is any good why was a 6-11 guy still available?

    • Daniel Wu

      He was still available for schools like Mason to grab for several reasons:
      The first being the fact that he started playing basketball much later in his life kind of like Anali Okoloji. So he probably started playing basketball when he was maybe 13,14,15,16 years old.
      Most Div. I players started playing basketball when they were 5,6,7,8, or 9 years old.
      Most BCS schools prefer thier prospects to come from a prep school with a good basketball program. If they want transfers they prefer to get them from other NCAA Div.I four year colleges. Shevon Thompson is coming from a Div.I NJCAA school. The NJCAA is a sports association for community colleges and junior colleges. So in his case he would not gain any attention from BCS schools coming from a two year community/junior college sports association conference.
      Just like Anali Okoloji, Shevon started playing later in his life. However he has continued to progress and has alot of upside potential. BCS schools want players who started early and have already found thier niche. So the hope here is that Hewitt just grabbed himself a hidden gem that was overlooked by everyone else.
      Hope this helps. :)

      • GaMoo79

        Thanks. Makes sense to me. Let’s hope he turns into a 7 foot monster!!

        • Daniel Wu

          That’s the hope. The hope is that we will have a player that reminisces the services provided by Mike Morrison.

    • gmuhoops

      Fair question and that was the first one I raised when I talked with the staff about him. For what it’s worth they think his progression between his first year in college and his second are impressive enough to bring him in.

      • GaMoo79

        Will he have two or four years of eligibility?

        • gmuhoops

          Two, same for all JUCO transfers. Which I hope means they don’t view him as a project. Keep in mind VCU’s Larry Sanders was once in this category.

          • GaMoo79

            I’d say that worked out pretty well. Here’s hoping…!

          • gmuhoops

            Yeah it’s not the same circumstances but they could have done a lot worse with a spring open scholarship at this point. They were looking for a big and they got one.

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