Paul Hewitt’s recruiting efforts deserve some credit here because he’s brought in some guys that can flat out play. Shevon Thompson and Isaiah Jackson were stars in George Mason’s win over Wright State last night in a game they controlled right from the tip. They led by as much as 17 points, dominated the boards and used their size and athleticism to overwhelm the Raiders. For the second straight game Mason shot the ball well from the field and generally had better ball movement then we’ve seen. The most important stat for the Patriots though is 17 assists, their highest total of the season not counting the Catawba game. While Marquise Moore and Patrick Holloway didn’t light up the scoreboard they combined for 9 of those assists. This is a formula that can work for them, lots of ball movement, points in the paint, tough rebounding, and scoring points off turnovers.
We have seen what happens when this team takes too many outside jumpers. Now this style that we have seen over the last two games of imposing their game plan on an opposing team is fun to watch. Shevon Thompson was scoring with such ease at times against Wright State and Isaiah Jackson was tough to stop in the lane. Offensive rebounding continues to be a big key for them as Thompson is currently leading the nation in that category and helps clean up some of Mason’s mistakes.
Under-the-radar Atlantic 10 newcomer — George Mason's Shevon Thompson. 6-11 big man is averaging 22.0 PPG + 13.0 RPG in his last 3 games.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 24, 2014
As Thompson’s game improves, which it’s looking like it’s going to, he will hopefully start getting opposing front court players into foul trouble. He’s aggressive but could be more so with some of his post moves. Mason has done a good job isolating him in the post and feeding him the ball. It would be nice to see this create more outside shots for his teammates but they still fail to be consistent shooting the ball from long range.
Overall they could use more balance on scoring but the important thing is that they aren’t blowing leads and playing with more discipline. They will get a huge test at Oklahoma on the 31st before Atlantic 10 play.