Many George Mason fans, including myself, were very excited when news broke that Therence Mayimba had committed to the program back in 2013. It appeared to be a big catch for Paul Hewitt and a player that could contribute right away on both ends. But Mayimba never saw the court and was sidelined behind eligibility issues with the NCAA. Mayimba came to the U.S. from Gabon as a teenager and unfortunately this issue is something that is not uncommon for foreign players from Africa. I was always told by the previous coaching staff that they were waiting on paperwork from his home country to clear and that the NCAA was just dragging their feet. Apparently that wasn’t the whole story.
Just last month Fan Rag Sports did a big article on the eligibility issues with the NCAA and African players and we get a lot more insight on what exactly happened with Mayimba. Hewitt and his staff complain that the NCAA kept “moving the target” and they kept making the issue about something else even after they proved Mayimba’s good grades and proved birth documents.
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Mason alum Bryon Allen took advantage of big time Ben Simmons absence in the Sixers’ summer league game against the Spurs yesterday. He did not appear in the teams first game but finished with 10 points and 7 steals in this one. Hopefully Allen can continue to get minutes and stand out among the young guards on the Sixers.
While Shevon Thompson is trying to catch on with the New Orleans Pelicans in this year’s NBA summer league, another former Patriot is getting a shot with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryon Allen, seen above second from the left, has popped up on the Sixers summer league roster and could be one of their new guards to watch this summer. If he has developed his outside shot while playing overseas I like his chances of possibly catching on with this young Sixers team.
The Sixers first game is tonight at 7 pm and will be on NBA TV and also streamed on ESPN3.
Shevon Thompson wasn’t selected in the NBA draft but we knew he’d most likely be on someone’s summer league squad. News today just broke that he will be playing on the New Orleans Pelican’s summer team:
Thompson will join New Orleans draftees Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Cheick Diallo (Kansas) on the team which starts play next week. The first game will be televised on ESPN July 8th at 10:30 pm.
NBA teams have been scouting Shevon Thompson for quite some time. Thompson was arguably one of the most dominate and efficient rebounders in Division I basketball last season and has the big wingspan NBA teams love. However he has only been playing basketball for a short period of time, since his junior year of high school, and there are some areas of the game where he still looks very raw. He has received praise while working out for several teams including Washington, Chicago, Orlando, and Houston:
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Former George Mason standout Mike Morrison, who has most recently been playing in Germany, was invited to a free agent mini-camp by the Utah Jazz this week. There is a Mason connection with the Jazz, as former assistant coach Mike Wells (’11-’13) is currently apart of their coaching staff. Great to see Morrison’s accomplishments overseas rewarded and that he was able to get an opportunity with NBA scouts. Hopefully he did well at the workouts and we will see him on a summer league team soon.
According to HoopsHype, former George Mason star Will Thomas will be playing on the Denver Nuggets’ summer league team. Thomas has had the most successful professional career of the 2006 Final Four team, earning high praise while in Belgium. This past season he was playing in Italy. Interesting what led to Thomas, now 28, getting this kind of opportunity after so many years. Is he actually getting a chance to make an NBA squad or are the Nuggets simply filling out their summer league team with a veteran player?
The NBA’s summer league starts July 11 in Las Vegas and the full schedule can be found here. Some of the games are broadcasted on NBA TV