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11/20/2023 4:38 pm  #1


The Race for Rookie of The Year

Fueling a lot of the GW early success, has been two players, the 2023 Rookie of the Year and the man who looks to be in the early lead for the 2024 Rookie of the Year  

Anyone else in the A10 standout as top candidates?

The future looks very bright at GW  

Garrett Johnson has been named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks

https://gwsports.com/news/2023/11/20/mens-basketball-johnson-repeats-as-a-10-rookie-of-the-week?fbclid=IwAR0ItW3GltxZLnRye1slQ2vnI79Z2IGWUwEuRqEzJ082xTgyVbmGVGlFeaQ


 

 

1/02/2024 11:29 pm  #2


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Garrett Johnson has earned his third A-10 Rookie of the Week award following his third double-double of the season.

Johnson led GW to its fifth-straight triumph on Saturday vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, notching his third double-double of the year in the process. The Oakton, Va., native poured in a team-high 18 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.

Johnson earned the Rookie of the Week honor the first two weeks of the season and has been rock solid for the Buff & Blue all year. He currently is second on the team with 14.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg and is the only freshman in the country with those averages this season. Johnson is also one of just seven rookies across the country with three double-doubles this year.

Overall, the Buff & Blue are coming off the best non-conference campaign in eight years, sitting at 11-2 for just the 11th time in program history. 

https://gwsports.com/news/2024/1/2/mens-basketball-johnson-wins-third-a-10-rookie-of-the-week-award?fbclid=IwAR14pV4W22Qihyip2-gEEgp8GuQTGWPkjHuRJwTJqHqohoROhBh6ZWpT1bI

 

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1/03/2024 11:14 am  #3


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ESPN just published an article listing Garrett and Darren as two of the top 13 freshmen mid-major players in the country:

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/insider/story/_/id/39154876/hits-misses-2023-24-men-college-basketball-freshman-class-far

 

1/03/2024 11:53 am  #4


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Nice find DC Native.

And if someone were writing a top freshmen at mid-majors based on defense, we might see a similar blurb on Jacoi and Trey.
 

 

1/03/2024 4:49 pm  #5


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Very exciting to have guys with this much eligibility left playing this well out of the gate

In the long run that's going to be a lot more important than whether we win a close game here or lose a close game there

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1/04/2024 7:42 pm  #6


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GW now has the only TWO Freshmen in the nation averaging over 14 points and 6 boards as Darren Buchanan, with 38 points is now averaging over 15 and 6 himself

 

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1/08/2024 1:40 pm  #7


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JBIV and Buchanan sweep conference awards yet again!

Buchanan burst onto the scene in his A-10 debut with 38 points vs. Fordham, a new career-high and the most for a freshman in the NCAA this season. He was a remarkable 15-of-30 for the floor in scoring the most points for a GW first-year since SirValiant Brown's 42 points back in 1999.

The D.C. native finished the week averaging 23.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.0 spg while shooting 47.4% from the floor (18/38) and 71.4% from the free-throw line (10/14). While scoring nine points on Saturday at VCU, Buchanan was instrumental in limiting one of the Rams' top threats, Sean Bairstow, to 2-of-13 shooting in GW's two-point win.

Buchanan is up to 14.7 ppg in his debut campaign, the top rookie scorer in the A-10, the top rookie forward scorer in the nation

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1/15/2024 2:40 pm  #8


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Garrett Johnson has been named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season!

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1/22/2024 2:20 pm  #9


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Darren Buchanan Jr. has earned his third A-10 Rookie of the Week award!

DB Jr vs GJ for Rookie of the Year race is on

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1/22/2024 10:07 pm  #10


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The Dude wrote:

Darren Buchanan Jr. has earned his third A-10 Rookie of the Week award!

DB Jr vs GJ for Rookie of the Year race is on

or they split the pro GWU vote and a 3rd person from another university wins????
 

 

1/23/2024 12:30 am  #11


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Basketball Jones wrote:

The Dude wrote:

Darren Buchanan Jr. has earned his third A-10 Rookie of the Week award!

DB Jr vs GJ for Rookie of the Year race is on

or they split the pro GWU vote and a 3rd person from another university wins????
 

I was thinking more likely Co-Rookie of the Year players from GW
 

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1/26/2024 12:51 am  #12


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15 and 7 for Darren Buchanan 
15 and 6 for Garrett Johnson 

What an incredible Freshman duo. The Future is very bright in Foggy Bottom 
 

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1/26/2024 1:30 pm  #13


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I wish I could be so confident about the "Future is very bright in Foggy Bottom" concering Buchanan and Johnson. CC  smartly recruited transfers with 3 and 4 years eligibilty remaining with the idea that they would stay at GW because transferring a second time would force second-time transfers to have sit out a year. But when the judge ruled in December that players didn't have sit out after transferring a second time, it blew up CC's recruiting strategy and we have heard his frustration with the court ruling. So with that in mind, do we believe that both Johnson and Buchanan will return to GW next season or that one of them or maybe niether of them will return? The transfer portal makes it very hard to plan and think about the future. It's almost like you have to recruit a new team each season. Lots of schools that pay a lot more than GW for players will be atttracted to Johnson and Buchanan. You can't blame them for looking for more money and a bigger stage.

 

1/26/2024 1:58 pm  #14


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GW73 wrote:

I wish I could be so confident about the "Future is very bright in Foggy Bottom" concering Buchanan and Johnson. CC  smartly recruited transfers with 3 and 4 years eligibilty remaining with the idea that they would stay at GW because transferring a second time would force second-time transfers to have sit out a year. But when the judge ruled in December that players didn't have sit out after transferring a second time, it blew up CC's recruiting strategy and we have heard his frustration with the court ruling. So with that in mind, do we believe that both Johnson and Buchanan will return to GW next season or that one of them or maybe niether of them will return? The transfer portal makes it very hard to plan and think about the future. It's almost like you have to recruit a new team each season. Lots of schools that pay a lot more than GW for players will be atttracted to Johnson and Buchanan. You can't blame them for looking for more money and a bigger stage.

Similar to Max & Christian Jones last year (although who knows anymore with CJ redshirting), I've seen DBJ make references to being excited about playing alongside Ty Bevins next season.  That would seem to indicate he's sticking around.  

Of course, I'm sure Richmond assumed Jason Nelson was sticking around and he ended up going to their crosstown rival.

One way to make sure that DBJ and GJ stick around is to make a contribution to FOG.

 

1/26/2024 4:30 pm  #15


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More and more looking like one of the great Freshman duo in GW history 
 

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1/27/2024 10:17 pm  #16


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24 points 12 boards and 8-10 from FT for DBJr  

Authoring one of the great Freshman years in GW history as well as duos

 

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2/09/2024 11:49 pm  #17


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23 points and 6 boards with 3 assists  for Darren Buchanan Jr on 9 for 13 shooting, what a Freshman season.

Lets hope for another big one Saturday

this time that fuels a victory

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