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Cross country and track head coach Terry Weir. Hatchet File Photo

Cross country and track head coach Terry Weir. Hatchet File Photo

The University’s fledgling combination cross country and track team filled in several organizational blanks Thursday when fourth-year head coach Terry Weir announced the fall schedule of cross country races as well as the incoming recruiting class.

Cross country and track has signed six female and six male student-athletes to the roster for the 2014 season. The team will compete in four cross-country races in the fall leading up to the Atlantic 10 championships before taking on the winter indoor and spring outdoor track seasons.

“Being able to afford these student-athletes the opportunity to compete all year will play a huge role in our athletic achievements moving forward,” Weir told GWsports.com in a release.

The incoming class features International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Track & Field Championship qualifier Carter Day, who will compete for Canada in the 800-meter run at the event this summer. The Windsor, Ontario native also competed at the championships in the Ukraine last summer.

Another recruit and 800 runner, Luke Dublirer, was a First Team All-Bergen County nominee as a member of the 4×800-meter indoor relay team his junior and senior years at Ridgewood High School.

Lexington, S.C. native Thomas Harris and Satellite Beach, Fla. native Chris Shaffer are strong in the 4×800- and 1600-meter runs, respectively. Ryan DiPinto, who placed first in the 1600-meter event at the New York State Section VIII Championships with a time of 4:23.29, and Melrose High School winter and spring track captain Charles Arnold round out the male recruits.

The newcomers are headlined on the women’s side by Hannah Rowe, a graduate student transfer from Dartmouth who finished third in the 10,000-meter race for the Big Green at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship Meet in 2013, the same year the team won the Ivy League Championship.

San Francisco native Caroline Coulter will join the team after an MVP senior year at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, along with 3,200-meter Ohio Southwestern Conference Champion and District Champion Miranda DiBiasio, a four-time team MVP at Berea-Midpark.

Liberty Mason-Sharma will join the varsity team after competing for GW Club Cross Country in 2013-14. Malvern, Pa. product Samantha Shenk and Carlsbad High School cross country MVP Lauren t’Kint de Roodenbeke make up the rest of the newcomers.

The fleet of runners will focus on middle and distance events in track to complement their longer cross country distances.

The cross country season will mostly keep them close to campus, with the season-opening Catholic Invitational in Northeast D.C. on Sept. 6, the men’s Navy Invitational and women’s Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, M.D. on Sept. 13 and the George Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Va. on Oct. 4.

The team will venture slightly further afield for the regular season-closing Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J. on Oct. 18 before heading to the A-10 Championship at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Nov. 2. Should the Colonials qualify for them, the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals would follow on Nov. 14 in State College, Pa.

Track will begin it’s first year after reinstatement in the winter, allowing GW athletes the chance to run year-round in the University’s 27th varsity intercollegiate athletics team. Eleven of the 13 A-10 schools completed in indoor and outdoor track in 2012-13.

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Tara Booker Hatchet File Photo.

Former women’s basketball player Tara Booker is tied for 19th in all-time total points for the Colonials. Hatchet File Photo

Former women’s basketball star Tara Booker finished her freshman season of professional basketball overseas earlier this summer, with her first year out of college taking her from Luxembourg to Australia.

Booker began her pro career with Telstar Hesperange, a team in the upper tier of Luxembourg’s second division, just in time for the playoffs in January. During the playoffs, the strongest second-division teams take on teams ranked near the bottom of the first division with a chance to move up if they win.

In the final game necessary to advance, Booker led her team with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to beat Sparta Bertrange 58-49.

In the six games she played during the regular season, Booker averaged a team-best 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks.

Booker earned a master’s degree in organizational sciences from GW in 2013 after five years as a Colonial. She became the first player in team history to rack up 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 100 blocks and 150 steals. She’s tied for 19th in all-time total points for the Colonials with 1,180 points.

With three days off from basketball each week while in Luxembourg, the Galloway, N.J. native used her spare time to explore the small country bordered by Belgium, Germany and France and other parts of Western Europe.

“Every weekend I could go to a different place. I went to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, a couple different places in Germany,” Booker said in a release. “Basketball has truly blessed me with the opportunity to travel, explore, learn and meet some amazing people.”

After three months, Booker traveled to Australia, where she played for the semi-professional Bulleen Boomers in Melbourne for six weeks. She averaged 17.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, and shot 55.8 percent from the floor over three games.

“The competition in Australia was great,” she said in the release. “We had an awesome point guard and a great big body [inside] that left me open to shoot.”

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The Washington Kastles are calling Foggy Bottom home this month, bringing a professional tennis team to the Smith Center for the first time in nearly 25 years. With more than 3,000 seats for fans, the stadium will host the Kastles for home matches up to July 22.

Former World No. 1 player Venus Williams stepped onto the court Wednesday, winning a doubles set with a longtime rival but losing a singles set later in the night. The Kastles won 3-2 overall against the Texas Wild.

The Smith Center hosted a sold out crowd of tennis fans as the Washington Kastles took down the Texas Wild 3-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Smith Center hosted a sold-out crowd as the Washington Kastles took down the Texas Wild 3-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams stretches to return a hit in the women's singles set. Williams would lose the set 5-4 to Anabel Medina Garrigues of the Texas Wild. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams stretches to return a hit in the women’s singles set. Williams would lose the set 5-4 to Anabel Medina Garrigues of the Texas Wild. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds returns a hit. Reynolds won the men's singles set 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds returns a hit. Reynolds won the men’s singles set 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Tim Smyczek of Texas Wild returns a serve. Smyczek would drop the men's singles set 5-4 to Bobby Reynolds. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Tim Smyczek of Texas Wild returns a serve. Smyczek would drop the men’s singles set 5-4 to Bobby Reynolds. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams returned to the Washington Kastles after missing last season with injuries. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams returned to the Washington Kastles after missing last season with injuries. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds and Leander Paes celebrate after winning the men's doubles set 5-2. Their win clinched the Washington Kastle's win over the Texas Wild. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds and Leander Paes celebrate after winning the men’s doubles set 5-2. Their win clinched the Washington Kastle’s win over the Texas Wild. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles serves the ball in the men's doubles set, the final set of the night. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles serves the ball in the men’s doubles set, the final set of the night. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus WIlliams returns a serve in the women's doubles match. The Kastles would win that set 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams returns a serve in the women’s doubles match. The Kastles would win that set 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Coach Murphy Jensen talks to players Venus Williams and Martina Hingis. The two former rivals would team up in the women's doubles set, winning 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Coach Murphy Jensen talks to players Venus Williams and Martina Hingis. The two former rivals teamed up in the women’s doubles set, winning 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds pumps his fist after clinching the men's singles set 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds pumps his fist after clinching the men’s singles set 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Texas Wild bench reacts to Tim Smyczek scoring a point. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Texas Wild bench reacts to Tim Smyczek scoring a point. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus WIlliams prepares to return a serve during the women's singles set. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams prepares to return a serve during the women’s singles set. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds returns the ball. Reynolds won the men's singles set for the Kastles 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds returns the ball. Reynolds won the men’s singles set for the Kastles 5-4. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Before the match, the Kastles hosted a tennis clinic for local children. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Before the match, the Kastles hosted a tennis clinic for local children. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams plays tennis with local children at a Kastles-hosted clinic. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Venus Williams plays tennis with local children at the clinic. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Tickets for home matches start at $8 and can be purchased online. The Kastles will next play the Boston Lobsters, followed by the Springfield Lasers.

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A little more than a week after Jamesville-Dewitt product Tyler Cavanaugh announced he would transfer to GW, the Colonials nabbed another player out of Central New York.

All-Central New York player of the year Jordan Roland posted Monday night on Twitter that he had committed to GW. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 24 points per game last season as a junior at Westhill High School.

Roland led the Warriors to a sparkling 27-0 record, a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship and the New York Federation Class B championship. In his team’s win over Olean in the Class B state championship game, Roland scored 41 points. He averaged 28.5 points a game in Westhill’s six post-season matchups.

The New York State Sportswriters Association named Roland the State of New York’s Class B Player of the Year. He is a shot-maker, leading the Warriors in three-point shots with 76 of them in 2013-14. Roland has dominated his class B competition, and looks the part of a promising player if he can adapt to Division I college competition.

Roland also competes in several events for the Warriors’ track and field team, Syracuse.com reported.

After exploding in the postseason, Roland also generated interest from Bucknell, Lafayette and Colgate. Roland’s father, Rahsaah Roland, was a guard at Mercyhurst College.

Roland and Cavanaugh will have two years to play together after Cavanaugh sits out next season under NCAA transfer laws and Roland completes his senior year of high school.

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Updated: July 19, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.

A former Binghamton University assistant will join the baseball team as pitching coach for next season.

Head coach Gregg Ritchie said in an announcement Tuesday that he hopes to draw on assistant coach Dustin Johnson’s postseason experience, including two consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals. The Colonials will aim to make it back to the postseason in 2015 after falling a game short in the standings of qualifying for last season’s Atlantic 10 tournament.

“He comes from an established program that is coming off consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, so he knows exactly what it takes to be a winner,” Ritchie said in a release. “He is going to be a huge asset for us moving forward.”

Pitching was already a strength for the Colonials in 2014, when they finished fifth in the conference with a 4.22 team ERA – compared to coming in 11th in batting average at .268. But the team will be without last season’s leading arm, Colin Milon, who graduated in May after posting a 2.94 ERA over more than 33 innings pitched.

Senior Colin Milon delivers a pitch in a game against Saint Joseph's last season. Hatchet File Photo

Senior Colin Milon delivers a pitch in a game against Saint Joseph’s last season. Hatchet File Photo

Johnson will take on the development of junior Bobby LeWarne and sophomore Jordan Sheinkop. Johnson helped train Kyle Hunter, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-PSAC East Pitcher, and Mike Augliera, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Binghamton won two America East Conference championships during Johnson’s coaching tenure, and Bearcat arms set program bests in earned run average, walks allowed, walks allowed per game, strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponent batting average. In 2012, the team ranked seventh overall in Division I in walks allowed per game and 20th overall in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Johnson spent his last three years at Binghamton after serving as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for his alma mater, Bloomsburg University, where he was a starting pitcher and team captain. The four-year letterwinner – who led the Huskies arms in wins, strikeouts, complete games and innings pitched during the 2006 and 2007 seasons – also ran the strength and conditioning program while coaching at Bloomsburg.

He graduated in 2008 with a degree in elementary education and earned a master’s degree in instructional technology in 2010.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Bobby LeWarne was a sophomore and Jordan Sheinkop was a junior. LeWarne is a junior and Sheinkop is a sophomore. We regret these errors.

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Then-senior Owen Beightol hits in GW's win against George Mason last season. File Photo by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Then-senior Owen Beightol hits in GW’s win against George Mason last season. File Photo by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Colonials will host the Atlantic 10 baseball championships at Barcroft Park for the first time in the team’s history next year.

The top seven teams from the regular season standings will compete in the double elimination tournament from May 20 to 23, the league announced this week. The winner will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The Colonials narrowly missed last season’s tournament when they finished the season eighth in the standings, a single game behind No. 7-seeded Fordham. GW last qualified in 2013, when it was seeded fifth.

GW has won the A-10 championships four times – the first time in 1979 – but has never served as host.

The team has played at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. since 1993 and saw the venue undergo a $3 million renovation before the 2013 season. The project added bullpens, batting cages and artificial turf to a facility that Athletic Director Patrick Nero has joked GW no longer hides from recruits.

Barcroft Park holds 500 spectators in grandstand seating at 4200 South Four Mile Run Drive. The University operates a student shuttle bus for weekend home games during the conference season, though GW has not yet released information about a shuttle for the tournament.

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Head coach Mike Lonergan talks to his bench during the A-10 Tournament. Hatchet File Photo

Head coach Mike Lonergan talks to his bench during the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Hatchet File Photo

Updated: July 15, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

Men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan, while head coach at the University of Vermont, made Tyler Cavanaugh his first-ever scholarship offer when Cavanaugh was a sophomore at Jamesville-Dewitt High School in DeWitt, N.Y. more than four years ago.

Cavanaugh wound up at Wake Forest and Lonergan at GW. But after electing to transfer from Wake Forest in mid-June, Lonergan found a rare second opportunity to recruit the 6-foot-9 forward.

Cavanaugh announced Thursday on Twitter that he will join the Colonials next season. In addition to GW, Cavanaugh visited Dayton and Butler before making his choice. He also drew interest from Colorado, Davidson, Providence and Oregon.

He will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer guidelines, but Lonergan will get the remaining two years of eligibility from Cavanaugh, whose transfer availability transformed into a mini mid-major sweepstakes during the first part of the summer.

The forward, a true stretch four with good three-point range, averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during his sophomore season at Wake Forest. He started 22 of 33 games after averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as a freshman. Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points against No. 16 Duke on March 5.

His two best rebounding performances last season came against frequent opponents of the Colonials: Cavanaugh had a nine-rebound effort in a win against Richmond and an eight-rebound effort in a win against St. Bonaventure.

But as the Demon Deacons underwent a leadership change from head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who recruited Cavanaugh, to Danny Manning in the spring, combined with the loss of several key players, Cavanaugh decided to transfer.

Cavanaugh told the Syracuse Post Standard that he no longer felt he could accomplish his goals of making an NCAA tournament and winning a conference championship at Atlantic Coast Conference-member Wake Forest, and he wanted to find a school where those ambitions were a realistic possibility.

Lonergan is not the only GW coach who is familiar with Cavanaugh’s high school roots. Assistant coach Carmen Maciariello, who joined the staff in May, is a former coach of Cavanaugh’s Amateur Athletic Union team, Albany City Rocks, though he was the coach before Cavanaugh’s days with the team.

Cavanaugh is the second transfer to join the Colonials during this offseason, along with former Division III guard Matt Hart, who comes from Hamilton.

Since taking the reigns of the men’s basketball team in 2011, Lonergan also successfully recruited transfers Isaiah Armwood in 2011, Maurice Creek in 2013 and Ryan McCoy, who sat out last year.

This post was updated to reflect the following corrections:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that head coach Mike Lonergan had courted Tyler Cavanaugh for four years. He only tried to recruit Cavanaugh four years ago and had a second chance when the now-junior decided to transfer this year. Due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly reported that GW played Wake Forest last year. The Colonials did not play the Demon Deacons, though Wake Forest played frequent GW rivals Richmond and St. Bonaventure. Also due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly reported the number of transfers that Lonergan has recruited. We regret these errors.

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Then-sophomore Kevin Larsen drives past UMass defenders in the Colonials A-10 quarterfinals victory. Hatchet File Photo

Then-sophomore Kevin Larsen drives past UMass defenders in the Colonials’ A-10 quarterfinals victory last season. Hatchet File Photo

Men’s basketball fans in the D.C. area will have the chance to catch a first glimpse of some of the newest Colonials this weekend.

The incoming class will join six returning players to compete in the annual Nike Pro-City Jabbo Kenner League, which holds all of its games at Georgetown’s McDonough Arena. Regular season play begins Saturday and wraps up August 2, with playoffs slated for August 3, 9 and 10.

Saturday will mark Kethan Savage’s return to the court. The junior guard has been recovering from a broken metatarsal in his left foot – an injury he sustained in a January game against St. Bonaventure.

Fellow junior guard Joe McDonald will not participate in the Kenner League as he continues to recover from surgery on his left hip.

Player rosters as well as the game schedule are tentative, but check out which Colonials are now listed to play together and for which teams:

Symonds All Stars

John Kopriva

Team Takeover

Nick Griffin

Kethan Savage

DCX

Darian Bryant

Kevin Larsen

Lincoln Park

Ryan McCoy

Team Ooohs and Aaahs

Patricio Garino

A. Wash Associates

Anthony Swan

Yuta Watanabe

Clyde’s

Matt Cimino

Paul Jorgenson

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Drexel assistant coach Melissa Dunne will join the women’s basketball team as an assistant to head coach Jonathan Tsipis, the athletics department announced Wednesday.

Dunne will fill the vacancy left by associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Megan Duffy, who stepped down after two years at GW to join the coaching staff at the University of Michigan.

“As a coach, I have always been impressed by how she has developed guards, especially point guards,” Tsipis said about Dunne in a release. “The Drexel teams she was a part of were always very detail-oriented and scouted opponents precisely.”

Dunne knows the Atlantic 10 league well from her four years as a point guard at Temple, where she earned an A-10 title as team captain in 2002. A point guard, Dunne was named the team’s most improved player in 1999.

“Coach Tsipis is a proven leader and I am committed to contributing to make GW not only the best team in the Atlantic 10 Conference but also among the best in the country,” Dunne said in the release.

While earning her master’s degree in public communication at Drexel, she joined the team’s staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2006. Dunne left for an assistant coaching job at Rhode Island for the 2006-07 season, and after a year with the Rams, she returned to Drexel as a recruiting coordinator.

Since her return, the Dragons have built up a 140-88 record and made the postseason five times. They secured an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament in 2009 as the Colonial Athletic Association champions. During her first year back at Drexel, the team posted an 8.5-game improvement over the previous season.

As a recruiter, Dunne boasted a class that was ranked No. 8 on ESPN’s list of the Top 20 Mid-Major Recruiting Classes and 13 CAA All-Conference team members.

She’ll look to build on a 2014-15 class of Colonials ranked the best in the A-10. Last season, GW improved its record by nine games.

“As the recruiting coordinator at Drexel, she is well-respected by the [Amateur Athletic Union] and high school coaching community for her hard work and dedication,” Tsipis said.

The Brigantine, N.J. native will specialize in coaching the team’s guards, and Tspis said she has a particular flair for developing talent at the point. Dunne’s Drexel teams led the CAA in assist-to-turnover ratio during three separate years and have ranked among the NCAA’s top-35 in that category every year she has coached them.

Dunne will be tasked with developing newcomers Brianna Cummings, Mia Farmer and Camila Tapias, while working with returning guards like Chakecia Miller and Hannah Schaible to fill the holes left by star guards Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe.

Dunne is also a defensive specialist, with a record of guiding the Dragons to the top of the CAA in points allowed. She led them to eighth best in the NCAA at 51.4 points per game in 2012-13. The Colonials will value her expertise after leaning on a defense-first strategy in 2013-14, though they relied more heavily on their 76.1 points scored per game than their 68.9 points allowed.

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Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood exit the Smith Center court after the Colonials defeat St. Joseph's. Hatchet File Photo

Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood exit the Smith Center court after the Colonials defeated St. Joseph’s last season. Hatchet File Photo

After leading the men’s basketball team through one of its most successful seasons in nearly a decade, alumni Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood wore the same colors one more time this week – but they weren’t buff and blue.

Armwood and Creek, known during the season as the “Zeke and Creek show,” both worked out for the Washington Wizards on Tuesday as part of their bids to make an NBA roster.

Armwood played in the workout’s first session, while Creek played in the second.

“I wish he was on my team. I think we would have had a little advantage,“ Armwood said after the workout. “But we were on separate teams. It was definitely nice to get out there with him.”

Creek and Armwood played with a handful of familiar faces: Halil Kanacevic of Saint Joseph’s, Devin Oliver of Dayton and Chaz Williams of Massachusetts, who all showed up to Tuesday’s workout. Armwood has already worked out for the Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and most recently the Denver Nuggets.

 “[The Wizards] like to run a lot, that’s what I like to do,” Armwood said. “I could be like that three or four guy that rebounds the ball and be a lockdown defender. I think I could fit in real well. “

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season, making him one of the most impactful big men in the GW program’s history. Armwood earned Second Team All-Conference and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team honors at the end of the season.

Meanwhile Creek, selling himself as a solid shooter and defender, received a couple pointers this week from members of his team as well as last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player.

“I talked to my trainers, I talked to a couple of guys and Kevin Durant,” Creek said. “They were just like, ‘You shoot the ball very well. Be mental and mindful of that. Just do what you do, don’t be shy, be confident, go in there and just take everything in.’”

Creek left his mark last season from beyond the arc, where he made the second-most 3-point shots in program history. He averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and earned Third Team All-Conference honors.

With the NBA draft just a day away, Creek and Armwood had opposite plans for draft day. While Creek intends to watch the draft and “take it in,” Armwood said he “might not even watch it.” Both players are not predicted to hear their names called Thursday.

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