Karmari Newman is also transferring

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Looks like Troy Temara’s departure isn’t the only roster news as the school announced today that sophomore Karmari Newman is also leaving the program. Newman had some great moments off the bench last season, especially on-the-ball defending and three-point shooting. He was part of a deep back court that got more crowded this summer with the addition of freshman Javon Greene, who apparently has impressed the coaching staff during summer workouts. Also, with guys like Goanar Mar and AJ Wilson in the mix, Ian Boyd and Jaire Grayer won’t have to play out of position as much. The fact is the roster got a lot more competition this summer and transfers were inevitable but I did not think they’d come in August.

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AJ Wilson throwing down alley-oops at Kenner League

IMG_7934Redshirt freshman AJ Wilson will make his debut on the court this season for George Mason but is already turning heads in summer league. Wilson, along with teammates Otis Livingston, Jaire Grayer, and Goanar Mar are in this year’s Kenner League at Georgetown.

CaptureajLivingston and Grayer are playing on Higher Level and Wilson and Mar are on the Curt Smith All-Stars. Here’s a clip of AJ throwing down a nice alley-oop:

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Dedicated practice facility will be ready for the start of 2017-18

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The dedicated practice facility for the George Mason basketball program, that has been under discussion for some time, is finally under construction. Today the school issued a release saying the dedicated facility will be ready by November for the start of the 2017-18 season:

“The Basketball Excellence Plan, which also includes a complete overhaul of the teams’ locker rooms at EagleBank Arena, is an important step toward making Mason more attractive for top recruits within the increasingly competitive national landscape.

“Although we haven’t yet realized the entire fundraising goal, we have hit the threshold to begin construction, which is more than 50 percent of the total budget,” said Edwards. “It is critical that we have the practice facility project completed before the start of the basketball season in November. In the basketball-driven Atlantic 10 Conference, it is imperative that our basketball teams have a dedicated space to develop and compete.

This is great news considering Dave Paulsen is already starting to have more success on the recruiting trails. The facility gives the team a chance to better market themselves in the competitive DC area recruiting scene and provide 24/7 court access to the current players. In the past, practices and workouts had to be scheduled around other teams using the facilities or the availability of EagleBank Arena.

Schedule Update: Non-conference

Here is what we know as of today for George Mason’s non-conference schedule for 2017-18:

Lafayette (Home opener) – Nov. 10
at Louisville (rumored second game of season)
Binghamton – Nov. 16
CSU-Northridge – Nov. 18
La Tech – Nov. 21 (Cancun)
Fresno State/Evansville – Nov. 22 (Cancun)
at JMU – Nov. 29
Morgan State – Dec. 22

vs Penn State – Date TBD
at Auburn – Date TBD
William & Mary – Date TBD

 

Auburn added to non-conference schedule

Schedule update, George Mason will be traveling to Auburn this season as another addition to their non-conference schedule:

The Tigers will host George Mason this fall in the first ever meeting of the teams. George Mason is Auburn’s third home non-conference opponent announced publicly along with UAB and UConn.

“That’s your classic, who we play,” Pearl said. “That classic team that’s been in the tournament, that’s got a good team coming back.”

 

2017-18 Schedule Update

I’ve been hearing a rumor for awhile, now from multiple people, that George Mason will be playing at Louisville this November. [Enter Luke Hancock joke here]. It appears to be a buy game, in which Mason will receive money to play in the game and their won’t be a return trip. The program hasn’t done a buy game like this since December of 2006 when they traveled to Cameron to face Duke on ESPN. Perhaps they are doing this for added exposure and recruiting reasons or maybe they just want to have headliner on their non-conference schedule. We’ll have to see if this all turns out to be true but I’m always excited at a chance to see Mason knock off a power five school. With still a relatively young team, having no seniors, this could be a valuable road trip for the squad in the long run.

In other scheduling news, the Atlantic 10 announced their conference pairings for the 2017-18 season. Here who Mason will be facing this year:

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Schedule update: George Mason to open Cancun Challenge vs Louisiana Tech

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George Mason just released the schedule for the games related to the Cancun Challenge tournament this November. It starts off with Mason hosting two games on campus; Binghamton (11/16) and Cal State Northridge (11/18), then traveling to Mexico for an opening round game against Louisiana Tech. Former Mason assistant Eric Konkol is LA Tech’s head coach and former player Tony Skinn is an assistant. In the next round they will face either Fresno State or Evansville.