Paul Hewitt says execution, not effort, has been the problem

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John Feinstein wrote a detailed piece on Paul Hewitt and George Mason’s struggles this season for the Washington Post. It went live shortly after the loss at Rhode Island yesterday afternoon and brings up some points that I know people on here have been discussing for awhile. Is it more the players that are the problem or the head coach? A quote from Hewitt on the team this season:

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Paul Hewitt is a well respected recruiter among his peers

CBSSports.com has a series going on right now where they have polled college basketball coaches from all levels on various different issues. Today they have a piece about the best recruiters in the sport, all resources being equal. Paul Hewitt makes the cut in the others receiving multiple votes section:

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In the quotes section of the article I found it interesting to learn that Hewitt would have landed Dwight Howard if he came to college:

On Hewitt: “Look at his resume. Chris Bosh. Jarrett Jack. Thad Young. Dwight Howard if he would have gone to college. Impressive.”

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Paul Hewitt hires Eric Skeeters as an assistant

With assistant coach Mike Wells going to South Florida, George Mason needed to fill void on their coaching staff. Only thing is no one thought it would be a straight up trade. Paul Hewitt has hired Eric Skeeters, formerly of South Florida to his staff. Skeeters joined USF’s staff in 2009 and also spent time at Towson and Virginia Tech previously. Hewitt tells me he has known Skeeters for close to 20 years. He is a Baltimore native, which should be a plus for local recruiting ties within the AAU ranks (he has coached with DC Assault and similar Baltimore teams).

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How Paul Hewitt landed Chris Bosh

grant_g_bosh01jr_576The Grantland had a feature on Chris Bosh yesterday, who Paul Hewitt recruited and coached during the 2002-2003 season at Georgia Tech. As you know Bosh left after one year for the NBA and the rest is history.  In the article there are lot of quotes from Hewitt and we learn that he and his staff were actually looking at another player when they were on a recruiting trip that led them to Bosh:   Continue Reading →

Paul Hewitt gives graduation speech

gradThis week all the graduation ceremonies are going on at George Mason. The big commencement ceremony is on Saturday, but the individual schools’ ceremonies have gone during this week. Players Johnny Williams, Vertrail Vaughns, Paris Bennett, and Bryce Lewis are all graduating, with only Williams returning to the team for next season.  Today George Mason basketball head coach Paul Hewitt gave a speech to the graduates from the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. Here are a few highlights from the speech as tweeted by the Mason alumni association’s twitter account:

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Paul Hewitt does not want to be in this company


History beckons Saturday for George Mason. The last time the Patriots lost four straight CAA home games was 1994-95 under Paul Westhead.
— Kevin Dunleavy (@KDunleavy) February 21, 2013

Certainly didn’t take long for head coach Paul Hewitt to be compared to another George Mason head coach  with the same first name. However former Mason head coach Paul Westhead is not someone any coach would want to be compared at when talking about his work in Fairfax. Westhead had a run-and-gun style that did not succeed with Mason like it did during his time at Loyola Marymount. Basically you took as many shots as possible and didn’t play any defense [insert joke about Hewitt’s “system” being similar]. Westhead’s record at George Mason was 38-70. Older Mason fans cringe at the thought of the “Paul Ball” years. Let’s hope Hewitt isn’t going down this path.