With three players transferring, Dave Paulsen has some spots to fill this summer. And with that 2017 big man Greg Calixte, a 6’9″ 230 lb forward from Mount Vernon, NY will take an official visit to George Mason on April 7th.
Mount Vernon senior big man Greg Calixte will make his official visit to George Mason on April 7
Mason has a real need for some size the in front court with the departure of Jalen Jenkins. Calixte is raw in a lot of areas but has the measurables of the type of player Paulsen tends to bring in and develop. He has offers from several other schools but an upcoming visit is a good sign Mason is in the top of the running for his services. I doubt he would be a day 1 contributor but Mason is in need of some size and strength inside and Calixte can provide that.
George Mason commit Goanar Mar will leave DeLaSalle high school in Minnesota as one of the greats after helping the school win it’s sixth straight state title; four of which he was a part of. The kid is a winner and it’s easy to see why Dave Paulsen is so high on him with the production he has on both ends of the court. In the semifinal playoff game he had 20 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and three assists. The 6’7″ forward also went 3-for-4 on three-pointers. Yesterday in the championship game he took over and was a “matchup nightmare” for the opposing team finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals:
“Mar has been a matchup nightmare for the past four years. He’s a 6-foot-7 forward with guard skills who can hit the open jumper, create for himself and others and crash the glass.
“Gonar was an absolutely monster out there,” Austin coach Kris Fadness said. “We couldn’t throw the ball around him. … and Goanar is a one-man fast break on his own when he gets a rebound.”
Hearing that Mar plays like a guard at 6’7″ is very encouraging to hear. Mason has plenty of guards that can play the 1 or the 2 but few who can play on the wing and defend bigger players there as well. If Mar can do that at the Division I level I think he’s pretty close to being a day 1 starter. On top of that, he can step out and shoot three-pointers, something we are seeing more and more from the big guys in college basketball. Mar seems versatile and athletic enough to play at multiple spots so I’d imagine we will see him all over the court next season. I can’ stress enough how much of a need he fills for Mason heading into the 2017-18 season.
We knew this move was coming since word has started to spread of the coaching staff still looking at 2017 recruits. Turnover was expected considering Paulsen had to come in late in the recruiting cycle and bring in guys just to fill the roster. In the end there just wasn’t enough minutes for everyone. These moves allow Mason to hopefully fill some holes in the roster, especially on the wing and in the front court.
I was in the group that thought Georgetown would never fire John Thompson III, so yesterday was surprising. It’s a move that will impact DC area college basketball, especially on the recruiting scene. What does this mean for George Mason basketball and head coach Dave Paulsen? Mason has already had an uphill battle trying to get local recruits and now a new head coach in town could change the landscape a bit. Despite the program’s lack of recent success, Georgetown was still landing a lot of top local talent in the area. Will that continue with a new coach? That depends largely on the who they hire.
George Mason fell to Loyola (Md.) last night in a game they didn’t look all that interested in. Hosting the first round of the CBI tournament costs the school money and Mason had one of their worst performances of the season. Mason shot 33% and was out-rebounded by the Greyhounds. Loyola came out strong and just looked like they wanted the game more than Mason did. They out-hustled Mason all game long, who struggled badly to make any shots in the first half. Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins combined for 7 total points in their final game as Patriots. Dave Paulsen opted to go with the young guys for the majority of the minutes, a teachable moment I’m sure. After the game Paulsen said that perhaps it was a mistake to play in the tournament:
George Mason's Dave Paulsen on the CBI: "Hindsight being 20/20 this was a bad decision."
Future George Mason Patriot and member of the 2017 recruiting class Goanar Mar, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Minnesota Mr. Basketball award. Quite the honor for the standout 6’7″ forward from DeLaSalle high school in Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see what Mar’s role is next season, at 6’7″ he helps to replace some of the size lost with Jalen Jenkins’ eligibility running out. You can see from highlights that he does well in transition and can step out and hit three-pointers. He may be more suited for the 3 spot instead of the 4 or 5. Perhaps they want him to come in this summer and put on muscle to fill more of the role that Jenkins had this season. Troy Temara looks like he’s being groomed to play the 5 next year and don’t forget AJ Wilson will be in the mix next year as well in the front court. It Mar cab bring his long range shooting and help cover opposing wing players, he will be a great asset to Mason right away. Regardless it will be great to have another forward in the mix, considering we already know we have plenty of guards that can play right now
Point guard prospect Javon Greene visited George Mason campus this weekend and apparently didn’t need to take any other visits. He announced on twitter last night that he will commit to George Mason and be apart of the 2017 recruiting class:
It was important for Dave Paulsen and his staff to get another point guard in this 2017, as Marquise Moore is getting ready to play his final season. Greene is known as being able to create plays and having excellent court vision. Some have mentioned him as one of the best point guards in the state of Georgia. He looks to be an excellent back up to Otis Livingston and will be another solid ball-handler in Mason’s future back court.
This is another smart, high basketball IQ guard, that Paulsen has added in his short time here in Fairfax. Mason’s back court is quickly getting more talented and deep as the days go by under this coaching staff. The program has struggled for over four years trying to find some stability at the point guard position and Paulsen has already seemed to have righted the ship in that area.
Given all the young players on this team it makes sense that someone would be redshirting this season. Wilson was considering an extra prep year of school before heading to college anyway. Now he gets to come in this fall and develop his game with the coaching staff before stepping up to the college ranks. In 2017, he and Goanar Mar will definitely help to revamp the front court and overall be tougher on defense.