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GW Women's Hoops » New GW Commit Sara Lewis » 8/06/2022 3:13 pm

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Class of 2023 prospect from Woodward Academy in College Park, GA committed this afternoon. Looks like the Georgia connections from Coach Baker are already paying off!

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Recruits » Recruit: Tey Barbour, Guard, 2024 - Offered » 8/04/2022 4:35 pm

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Tey Barbour @TeyBarbour14 2h
Big thank you to Coach Caputo, Coach Brenden and the whole coaching staff for having me out for a great unofficial visit to @GW_MBB !!
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Recruits » Recruit: Trey Autry, Guard, 2023 - Offered » 7/28/2022 5:28 pm

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Autry is visting URI mid-week before coming to DC over the weekend.

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2023 Trey Autry of City Rocks EYBL + Western Reserve Academy will take an official visit to George Washington this weekend.
6’3 shotmaker with a developed frame is a priority prospect for GW Head Coach Chris Caputo.

Recruits » Recruit: Cam Estevez, Guard, 2023 - Offered » 7/25/2022 2:50 pm

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Cam Estevez
Year: 2023
Position: PG
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
High School: Canterbury School (New Milford, CT)
AAU Team: Riverside Hawks (NY)

Offers: Duquesne, Fairfield, Fordham, James Madison, La Salle, Miami (OH), Rhode Island, Robert Morris, St. Bonaventure, Towson, UMBC, VCU, Vermont, Wagner, Wichita State

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GW Men's Hoops » GW Honors Court Recipients » 7/25/2022 8:17 am

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Congrats to Brendan, Miles, and Bryan. Always happy to see us succeed, whether it's on or off the court.

I've always wondered how they determine the all-academic team when the A10 basketball awards come out. It would be nice to get back on that list. I believe we haven't made that list since 2019 (Mazzulla made it that year). In a year where I don't expect to see too many GW mentions for the postseason awards, I'm hoping that we do at least have one representative there.
 

Recruits » Recruit: Matthijs Verhallen, Guard, 2023 - Offered » 7/17/2022 2:52 pm

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Matthijs Verhallen
Year: 2023
Position: SG
Height: 6-5
Hometown: Berlicum, Netherlands
High School: Orange Lions Academy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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GW Men's Hoops » 2022 Transfer Targets » 7/17/2022 2:46 pm

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Thanks guys!

Haha Mike K I try to watch as many teams as I can during the season although I can tell you the SWAC games can get rough! I don't generally watch A10 games if GW isn't playing unless it's like the Friday ESPN game or something. I'd rather watch other teams I haven't seen.
 

GW Men's Hoops » 2022 Transfer Targets » 7/16/2022 1:29 pm

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I'm glad that we picked up a guy who can shoot, because the team isn't particularly good on that front from what we have returning. Apart from Lindo and hopefully Harvey, the three point shooting isn't there, and that is especially true in the backcourt (Bishop has been average, perhaps Caputo's system can open things up for him more). Agree that hopefully better players around Clark will hopefully lead to better efficiency.

Clark averaged only 8 ppg because his role wasn't to score at Alabama State. I think the "best catch and shoot shooter" in the SWAC is somewhat misleading because the guy didn't even average 2 three point attempts per game (the number raises slightly to 2.6 per game looking only at SWAC play). He certainly has a good stroke though (albeit a slight hitch in the shot) and his free throw shooting is indicative of a strong shooter. From the few Alabama State games I did catch during the season, he tended to defer to others and shoot more opportunistically but did have the ball in his hands more down the stretch. Clark was seventh on the team in field goal attempts at 5.5 per game. I imagine at GW that's probably closer to maybe 3 attempts per game, with maybe a couple more if he's having a good shooting day. 38% of Clark's scoring production came at the free throw line, which was significantly more than anyone on our team last season. I think that sums up how jump shot focused our team was last year. I don't believe any player from last year's squad even had 25% of their points coming from the line.

For me, I am actually looking forward to what he can give us at the point since the team has a pretty big hole there. I like that he had an assist to turnover ratio above 1.5. He split duties with DJ Jackson at the point, but handled the ball more down the stretch of close games because he's a good free throw shooter and Jackson wasn't. It's obviously a big step up in competition, but the SWAC is a league where teams like to swarm the ball defensively

Recruits » Transfer: EJ Clark, Guard, 2018 - Transferring from Alabama State » 7/15/2022 12:35 pm

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EJ Clark
Year: 2018
Position: PG
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: McKinney HS (McKinney, TX)
Junior College: Bossier Parish CC (Bossier City, LA)
AAU Team: ProSkills (TX)

Eligibility: Immediately eligible, one year to play

Statistics: 
(from Senior year at Alabama State) 8.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2 apg, 0.1 bpg, 0.6 spg; 39% FG, 43% 3-pt, 86% FT per 21.1 mpg with 28 GP
(from Junior year at Alabama State) 5.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.8 spg; 33% FG, 25% 3-pt, 84% FT per 20.4 mpg with 12 GP
(from Sophomore year at Bossier Parish CC) 14.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg; 47% FG, 41% 3-pt, 86% FT per 30.8 mpg with 30 GP
(from Freshman year at Bossier Parish CC) 8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1 spg, 0.1 bpg; 37% FG, 30% 3-pt, 90% FT per 28.9 mpg with 31 GP

Best Performance: 3/5/22 vs. Grambling State (20 points, 4 assists; 6-9 FG, 1-2 3-PT, 7-7 FT in 35 minutes) Happened to be the last game of the season.

Clark was a big scorer in HS, racking up nearly 2,400 points. He seemed to really develop as a shooter last year and gives us another option at point which we desperately need. I see this as a good pickup for a one-year rental based on what was available. Obviously many of his performances were against SWAC competition (and he is on the shorter side) but he did score 7 points against Dayton in non-con. Per Rivals, he did have a number of high-level schools that showed interest out of HS (Creighton, Houston, Richmond, etc.) Welcome to Foggy Bottom EJ!

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Recruits » Recruit: Joey Hart, Guard, 2023 - Offered » 7/13/2022 10:02 pm

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Joey Hart
Year: 2023
Position: SG
Height: 6-5
Hometown: Linton, IN
High School: Linton-Stockton HS (Linton, IN)
AAU Team: Grand Park Premier (IN)

Offers: Ball State, Bowling Green, Drake, Evansville, Florida Atlantic, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola Chicago, Miami (OH), Missouri State, New Orleans, Northwestern, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Illinois, Toledo, UCF, Western Kentucky, Wichita State, Wright State

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Recruits » Recruit: Sultan Adewale, Forward, 2023 - Offered » 7/12/2022 3:12 pm

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Sultan Adewale
Year: 2023
Position: PF
Height: 6-8
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
High School: Saint John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic HS (Philadelphia, PA)
AAU Team: Team Rio (NJ)

Offers: Arizona State, Clemson, DePaul, Evansville, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Mississippi, New Orleans, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Rutgers, Washington, West Virginia

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Recruits » Recruit: Khaafiq Myers, Guard, 2024 - Offered » 7/11/2022 9:07 pm

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Khaafiq Myers
Year: 2024
Position: PG
Height: 5-10
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
High School: Saint John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic HS (Philadelphia, PA)
AAU Team: NJ Scholars (NJ)

Offers: Binghamton, Drexel, NJIT, North Carolina A&T, North Texas, St. Joe's, Temple, Wichita State

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Recruits » Recruit: Del Jones, Guard, 2024 - Offered » 7/11/2022 9:04 pm

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Del Jones
Year: 2024
Position: PG
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Largo, MD
High School: Bishop O'Connell HS (Arlington, VA)
AAU Team: Team Durant (DC)

Offers: Akron, Bryant, NC State, Ohio, Rutgers, South Carolina, Southeastern Louisiana

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GW Men's Hoops » 2022 Transfer Targets » 7/07/2022 7:52 pm

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GWRising wrote:

What I am saying is that JC was improving and with most if not all of the team back plus some additions, we would have likely finished higher than 7th in 2022-23 and probably been an NIT team if not better.

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​3. Assume that you are right that JC would have fared no better in year 4, would GW have been in any worse position by waiting a year? (Corollary: If you've been a GW fan for any length of time (and I assume you have), is risking one more year of no postseason (when it is likely we are not going to be in the postseason this year regardless of coach) to make sure really that big of an ask given the amount money involved in making a decision a year earlier - call it at least an extra 1.85 million if you count two salaries for one year plus one of year of the unamortized amount of the buyout?)

Did you think we were going to be an NIT team or better with JC next year or not? I feel like I'm reading conflicting viewpoints but perhaps I'm misreading.

Even as someone who was okay with JC coming back next year (assuming changes were made to staff), I'm not sure I can say conference play showed enough signs that we were on our way back to a postseason tournament anytime soon.

Per Bart Torvik, we ranked 204th nationally only taking into consideration performance during conference play. If we scrap the first two games against Dayton/VCU due to COVID, that ranking goes up slightly to 182nd but we still wouldn't have been an above average team. I guess it depends on how you define improved.

Beyond the analytics though, the team just didn't show signs of cohesion. The final four games of the year summed up the season as a whole. We were not disciplined and at times played with such little energy or care. The games against George Mason and Fordham fell into the former category, while the Duquesne and UMass games fell under the latter. Our play in the final two minutes against Mason/Fordham was unacceptable. Bam

GW Men's Hoops » 2022 Transfer Targets » 7/05/2022 7:24 pm

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I'm not sure Ballard would have moved the needle on this team regardless, but I'd take a "3 and D" guy over an open roster spot any day, especially since we'd be getting that scholarship spot back. It definitely seems in general that Caputo is treating this season as a "stopgap" year of sorts, given the guys we pursued (Jawara, Calcaterra, Baker, Ballard, etc.) aren't long term pieces. Jawara might have two years of eligibility left but the rest of the guys have just one.

Not sure why it's been so hard to fill the 12th spot. We've brought in a number of talented players on visit (which is great!) but it's unfortunate we haven't been able to close the deal. Scholarships are pretty much only one year guarantees anyway at this point so I'd be surprised if we didn't fill it some way even if that means getting a D2 guy. Heck even La Salle managed to sign a couple of international guys to fill out their roster. The guard depth on this team is very concerning.

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I hate to admit it because I still think Caputo was a good hire, but the lack of incoming transfers has me less excited about this year than any non-MoJo year I can remember.

100%, although I honestly think I was more excited to see all the teams in the Mojo era than this one going into the season, including the 9-24 squad. This team's floor and ceiling feels low and given the potential number of departures after next year there doesn't seem much to build from.

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It almost feels like we fans are being asked to not care about this upcoming season because the rebuild is really scheduled to get moving the year after.

This is where I'm at too. I would rather we suck knowing we are building to the future, but this year's team isn't doing that either so it feels like we're going to be spending an extra year being bad than we need to be.

This roster has a "big three" of Bishop, Adams, and Lindo. We may not have a chance in a game if Bishop isn't on. Adams is best serv

GW Men's Hoops » 2022 Transfer Targets » 6/30/2022 11:39 am

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Fresno State transfer JR Ballard (@Jrballard__) is on a visit to George Washington.
Ballard played for Cal Poly in the 2019-20 season where he averaged 13.1 points on 36% shooting from three.

GW Men's Hoops » Kind of Underwhelming, No? » 6/29/2022 5:55 pm

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GWRising wrote:

If you expected CC to come in and lose both Bamisile and Freeman and quickly find ready made replacements, I would suggest your expectations were out of whack. This is the price of transition. It's late and while there are still some worthwhile transfer candidates out there, none will likely be at the level of what was lost. So if you are CC do you take lesser talent now as a stopgap or do you wait knowing that next year will likely be tough and focus on rebuilding for the ling haul with youth? I personally would do the latter. Otherwise, you set your rebuild back. I would suspect next year we have probably 8 scholarships. You can't get 5 worthwhile transfers let alone 8. So the smart thing is to recruit your ass off this Summer and look for what you can get. Then you see where you are and fill in accordingly with a few Spring 2023 transfers that fit. But the day they decided to let JC go it was pretty much determined that we'd have to take step back near term to go forward.

I can't tell whether this was directed at my post. I don't think anyone on here was expecting to find ready made replacements for Brayon and Joe (or that the team wasn't going to take a step back), but I can only say personally that I was hoping we were going to add more CC transfers this offseason. It's too late now because we're in late June, but it would have been nice to have landed some of the guys we were targeting or otherwise in April/May.

I agree that the focus should be on rebuilding for the long haul with youth, but cannot understand why that couldn't have started this offseason. UMass and URI hired new coaches 1-2 weeks before Caputo was announced, but they signed a bunch of young guys for the long-term. I'm not saying we needed to have 2/3 of the roster new, but filling 8 spots next year doesn't feel ideal either for continuity. Not all the transfers have to pan out right away this year, but it would be useful to have a few underclassmen get comfortable in

GW Men's Hoops » Kind of Underwhelming, No? » 6/29/2022 8:14 am

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Disappointing that we're going to be keeping multiple scholarships open for next year as of now. I can see us finishing above the Pennsylvania teams, but can't see anything higher than 12th. I can usually find something to get excited about, but this is the first roster in years that just doesn't do it for me.

We added just one piece in the offseason and it's a guy who missed all of last year with injury. I'm assuming Max is going to be fully healthy going into next year, and hope his 36% three point shooting in his last year of HS will continue going into next year. Point guard is what it is at this point, but the guards we do have on the roster largely cannot shoot either. Perhaps CC can put them in better places to succeed. Bishop is very hot and cold (shot under 40% from the field), but we could survive that on last year's roster. Not sure that's the case this year. Adams and Harris aren't good 3-pt shooters. We will need Amir to look for his shot a bit more than he did last year.

The intrigue is seeing what system CC installs on both sides of the ball. Miami ran quite a bit of pick-and-roll, and I think that can help Bishop. I fully expect to see us play with more toughness defensively and be unselfish on offense.

This roster definitely has more forwards and centers with at least a little bit of upside. I want to see Hunter and Noel be given the ball more on offense because I think they can score more than they have so far. Rebounding/positioning is a top focus point for next year in general for the team. I realize Keegan didn't play much in his first year at Charleston, but I'm excited to see how he can stretch the floor offensively. He and Ricky might be the two best distance shooters on the team.

Hopefully Ricky is fully healthy going into next year. He needs to be more aggressive taking the ball to the hoop. He attempted a combined 10 free throws in 15 A10 contests last season (and eight of those came in two games). I'm not sure how that's possible. I t

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