First look at EagleBank Arena’s new video board
Dave Paulsen at Atlantic 10 Media Day
2018 guard Jason Douglas-Stanley commits to George Mason
Best of Mason Madness 2017

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.

George Mason adds local walk-on

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Zach Garrett of Heritage high school in Leesburg, VA will be joining George Mason basketball as a walk-on. Garrett is a 6’4″ guard/small forward who will join fellow walk-on George Papas, added last month, on the practice squad. Like Papas, Garrett looks like a great shooter with long range. He’s a much bigger body though which is definitely needed on the practice court for Mason. You can watch some of his highlights here.

Virginia transfer Jarred Reuter commits to George Mason

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Virginia sophomore forward Jarred Reuter has committed to George Mason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

We got news of Reuter deciding between George Washington and George Mason late last week after he was taking visits to both campuses. Since Reuter is a sophomore he will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility starting in 2018-19. He’s coming to Mason looking for more playing time as he only averaged just over 10 minutes a game with the Cavaliers last season. Despite that, his physical presence inside helped to be a difference in a number of games while at UVA.

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