Will we see Therence Mayimba on the court this season?

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One of the biggest question marks heading into the 2015-16 season with a new coaching staff is whether or not Therence Mayimba will be on the court. Mayimba, currently listed as a redshirt freshman on the team’s website, never became eligible because of issues with his foreign transcript. But earlier this week, Jalen Jenkins posted a video of he and Mayimba dunking at Dave Paulsen’s youth basketball camp, the first documented proof we’ve seen of him back on campus and around his teammates in awhile:

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Kenpom projections for George Mason

I love Kenpom and all the different analytics the site shows. The game predictors are very accurate and gives a good preview of how certain games will shake out. The site is now showing their projections for the 2014-15 season and it has George Mason rated #138 (similar to RPI), going 11-16 and finishing 7-11 within the conference. Remember, the projections are missing a few extra games in the Puerto Rico tip-off tournament in November but still paints what would seem like a fairly accurate assessment.

Looking at the schedule breakdown, it certainly confirms what Paul Hewitt said at media day about the team playing a tough non-conference schedule. There are at least four games against potential top 100 teams.

Atlantic 10 Media Day

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So far the media expectations for George Mason in 2014-15 have been predictably low. The highest I have seen them projected is 12th on Yahoo Sports, where they also mentioned that Paul Hewitt is on the hot seat. Today at the Atlantic 10’s annual men’s basketball media day they were picked to finish 13th, similar to where ESPN and Blue Ribbon had projected. I was hoping to see Jalen Jenkins named to at least third team all-conference but that did not happen.

In scheduling news, the rumors of a game being added against a non-Division I opponent at the RAC are true. You will notice it now on the schedule at GoMason.com. The game is against Division II school Catawba College and will be played on December 17 at the RAC.

CBS picks George Mason to finish last in Atlantic 10

CBSSports.com picks George Mason to finish dead last in the Atlantic 10:

“14. George Mason

I bid high on Mason last year, only to see Paul Hewitt’s team go 11-20 and be riddled with problems all year. So I’m going to pump the breaks and allow the Patriots to prove me wrong yet again. The team was a slog, as it didn’t move the ball welll, create turnovers or score well within 15 feet of the hoop. And it was regrettably bad when it came to giving the ball away. Eradicating that is the kind of thing that can take an offseason of persistence. If Hewitt’s team can curb its turnovers even down to 11 per game from the 13.4 it had last season, then gains absolutely will be made. Erik Copes is going to have to have a big year, and Jalen Jenkins will probably be the team’s star. Jenkins is a power forward who could end up with 15 double-doubles this season.”

Which freshman will have the biggest impact?

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George Mason will have a different look on the court this season as they will have six newcomers in the mixture for minutes. Among that group are four freshmen who represent Paul Hewitt’s highest rated recruiting class since arriving in Fairfax. The team needed an upgrade in talent and athleticism on defense and Hewitt has been vocal about saying that is just what this group brings. Although this team is probably a year a way from real improvement, these freshmen will have a big impact on the season. The question is who will have the biggest impact?

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ESPN coaches poll has George Mason #13 in Atlantic 10

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For the second time we have now seen George Mason picked to finish #13 in the Atlantic 10 for the 2014-15 season. ESPN posted their A-10 preview today and posted their rankings after polling a number of coaches from around the league. Mason comes in at #13 while VCU, Dayton, and George Washington are slotted 1-3.

Not much is written about the Patriots this season in the preview besides this snippet:

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