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Kethan Savage goes up for a dunk against VCU in a game last season. Hatchet File Photo.

Kethan Savage goes up for a dunk against VCU in a game last season. Hatchet File Photo.

This post was written by contributing sports editor Mark Eisenhauer. 

1. John Kopriva looks more offensive-minded

Senior forward John Kopriva was a big offensive presence during Saturday’s scrimmage, often taking open mid-range jump shots and settling for the occasional 3-point shot. Kopriva was also good for an occasional slam, including one “dunk” that could have been labeled the play of the game. The 6-foot-8 senior will need to contribute in his final season, and from the looks of it, he is ready to take on a bigger offensive role after averaging just 1.8 points per game last season.

2. Kethan Savage has not missed a step

Junior Kethan Savage looks better than ever. A fractured left foot sidelined him for most of the second half of last season, but Sports Illustrated has already projected he will be one of the nation’s top scorers this year. And the foot surgery doesn’t appear to have undercut the explosiveness and agility Savage showcased last season. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard seems to have worked on improving his jump shot, and he confidently knocked down multiple jumpers Saturday.

3. Darian Bryant managed on the perimeter

Head coach Mike Lonergan has repeatedly called freshman Darian Bryant the most game-ready newcomer of his class. Lonergan played the Bowie, Md. native primarily on the perimeter during the scrimmage, allowing him to use space when driving to the basket. Bryant, who was the most aggressive freshman of the group Saturday, could be a solid option from the bench for Lonergan to rest junior Patricio Garino.

4. Swan could be the surprise of the freshman class

The hype keeps building for this year’s freshmen class, with high expectations for players like Yuta Watanabe and Matt Cimino. But freshman Anthony Swan’s stars shined brightest on Saturday as he hit a number of 3-pointers that got the small crowd in attendance buzzing. The freshman also showcased his ability to drive to the rim, rebound and sink multiple mid-range jumpers.

5. Nick Griffin did not participate in Saturday’s action

The Class of 2017 went unrepresented at the scrimmage, with guard Nick Griffin, the team’s sole sophomore, sticking to the sidelines. Griffin, who will likely be called on to fill the statistical void in point production left by alumnus Maurice Creek, is suspected to have sat out the scrimmage because of a minor injury.

Griffin averaged 4.8 minutes per game last season and hit 14 threes in 29 attempts.

Junior Ryan McCoy was also not suited up for Saturday’s scrimmage.

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Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald celebrate in GW's win in the A-10 quarterfinals | Hatchet File Photo

Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald celebrate during GW’s win in the A-10 quarterfinals last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by contributing editor Mark Eisenhauer.

It’s prediction time for men’s basketball.

Sports Illustrated was the latest to release its annual preseason predictions, projecting the men’s basketball team to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 conference behind Virginia Commonwealth, Dayton and Massachusetts.

The Colonials will finish the season with a conference record of 11-7, according to the predictions, which were released Wednesday.

Using a statistical projection system, Sports Illustrated also predicted that juniors Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald would lead the team in scoring, in that order. Savage’s projected 14.2 points per game places him at No. 72 in the nation.

Garino, who averaged 12.1 points per game last year, is projected to improve his average to 12.3. Larsen is projected to score 11.5, just 0.1 points better than his average last season. Following an offseason hip surgery, McDonald is expected to average 8.7 points and four assists per game.

The Colonials’ top scorers would be rounded out by sophomore Nick Griffin, projected to score 6.9 points per game, followed by freshmen Yuta Watanabe and Matt Cimino with 5.5 and 5.3 points, respectively.

Sports Illustrated’s projections follow a slew of other preseason lists released in recent months, and many favorably rank the Colonials for the upcoming season.

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports sees GW finishing third in the conference. In his conference preview, Norlander also projected Savage to be a top A-10 guard, placing him on the preseason All-Atlantic 10 Team.

Five other CBS Sports college hoops experts also weighed in with their projected A-10 conference rankings. Chip Patterson, Jerry Palm and Jon Rothstein each have the Colonials finishing second over Dayton and behind VCU, while Gary Parrish has GW finishing third and Doug Gottlieb slates GW to finish fifth.

Beyond the A-10 rankings and regular season standings, USA Today Sports’ Scott Gleeson placed the Colonials in the NCAA tournament field of 68, projecting them to repeat last season with an at-large bid as a No. 9 seed. Gleeson ranked GW as the No. 35 team, and also predicted Savage will be the Colonials player to watch.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 11:00 p.m.

Rams get revenge, rain down threes on Colonials

It was a frustrating night.

With 43 seconds left to play, head coach Mike Lonergan innocently smiled and shrugged his shoulders at sophomore Patricio Garino. Lonergan had been ejected.

Ejected after watching his team go 0-8 from behind the arc in the first half.

Watching the Rams get wide-open looks and drain 13 threes.

Watching his team ultimately fall 92-75 and hand the Rams sole possession of second-place in the Atlantic 10 standings.

It was a frustrating night.

“I deserved that and I apologized to the referees,” said Lonergan, when discussing the second technical foul he received after yelling for a timeout. “We just kept turning the ball over and getting stripped. We had players playing positions that they’re not really used to. So it was just frustration and it was definitely a mistake on my part.”

Senior Isaiah Armwood throws down a dunk earlier this season. The forward scored 17 points Wednesday against VCU. Hatchet File Photo

Senior Isaiah Armwood throws down a dunk earlier this season. The forward scored 17 points Wednesday against VCU. Hatchet File Photo

The Colonials jumped out to an 8-4 advantage in the first five minutes, but wouldn’t hold the lead for much longer. Back-to-back threes from Melvin Johnson tied it at 10. And from there, it got ugly.

The Rams embarked on an 18-2 run fueled by the second foul on sophomore Joe McDonald. Freshman Miguel Cartagena was forced into the game to handle the ball, but two fouls and two turnovers on two consecutive possessions, and he was back on the bench, not to play the rest of the game.

“Our defensive intensity wasn’t there and we got down big,” Lonergan said.

Lonergan would make the smart decision to put Garino and graduate student Maurice Creek in the backcourt to bring up the ball, but in the end, VCU’s defense would get the best of GW.

The Colonials would commit 22 turnovers on 14 VCU steals. The Rams would more than take advantage, scoring 29 points off turnovers, compared to just 13 for GW.

“Our team had two assists and 15 turnovers at halftime,” Lonergan said frankly. “Then in the second half we did a much better job and started hitting some shots, but it [the pressure] tired us out and it was a tough game for us to not get production out of our bench.”

In the half’s closing minutes, GW went on a 10-1 run of their own with a chance to cut the lead to 10, but two Colonials turnovers led to five-straight points for the Rams, giving them a 45-28 halftime lead.

As snow fell outside, cascades of VCU threes poured down inside Siegel Arena on the Colonials. VCU would go 8-14 from beyond the arc in the first half and shoot 52 percent for the game.

Johnson led the barrage, scoring 21 points off the bench, while going 5-8 from three. Treveon Graham would add another three treys, scoring a game-high 25 points, while grabbing 10 boards.

“With the 1-3-1, for whatever reason, we didn’t do a good job of getting out on shooters and we didn’t have enough energy,” Lonergan said. “And give them credit, they made them. And they got some big offensive rebounds and kicked it out and hit some more open threes. So the three-point line really hurt us.”

Stan van Gundy may have put it best, saying, the Colonials Wednesday just needed everyone to be named Larsen and Garino.

Guard Maurice Creek hits a jumper earlier this season. Creek scored 17 points Wednesday, coming alive in the second half. Hatchet File Photo

Guard Maurice Creek hits a jumper earlier this season. Creek scored 17 points Wednesday, coming alive in the second half. Hatchet File Photo

Although maybe not his best statistical night, recording a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, sophomore Kevin Larsen was instrumental inbounding the ball and serving as an additional outlet on the press break. Garino, who scored 16 points with four rebounds and five assists, was often the one receiving the inbound pass from Larsen and showed that his recent time at the point was paying off.

With the help of Creek and senior Isaiah Armwood, they would fight back against the Rams in the second half, cutting the lead to as few as five points. Freshman Nick Griffin hit the team’s first three with 15:35 to play and finally shots began to fall, as Creek found his groove from beyond the arc as well.

Creek would finish with the night with 17 points on 6-12 shooting, 4-6 from three. The Colonials would go 6-10 form behind the arc in the second half. Armwood finished with 17 points and seven boards, fouling out with two minutes left to play. The Colonials would shoot 53 percent for the game, exemplary of their strong second half.

Free throws continued to plague GW, though, especially as they got within striking range of the Rams. Missed front ends of one-and-ones ended seemingly positive possessions and gave the ball right back to VCU. The Colonials would go 11-20 on the night from the charity stripe.

“We’ve got to start making free throws. I thought that was huge, when we we’re down five and seven,” Lonergan said. “In the second half, we had players go up there, but we were 3-10 with missed two one-and-ones. When you leave nine points at the line in the second half, that’s really frustrating.”

A slam dunk by Juvonte Reddic with just over a minute to play put an exclamation point on the Rams victory – their 20th of the season and 18th straight at home.

GW will look to bounceback in another big conference game this Saturday, when they face off against Massachusetts, who suffered its third loss in five games Wednesday.

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Isaiah Armwood goes up against Duquesne defenders Wednesday night. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant News Editor

Isaiah Armwood goes up against Duquesne defenders Wednesday night. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant News Editor

Maybe it was the broken rim. Or GW’s dominance in the paint. Either way, it made for a statement win for the Colonials.

After a highlight-reel slam by Duquesne’s Ovie Soko, Smith Center staff would be forced onto the court to fix what appeared to be a crooked rim.

A ladder and a level later, second-half play would continue, but Duquesne’s ability to score would not. GW would embark on a 17-8 run over the next nine minutes to grab the win, 71-57. The Colonials would not trail once in the entire game.

“I thought we did a pretty good job in the second half. We definitely didn’t shoot as well from three and we struggled from the free throw line, but our inside guys played another strong game,” head coach Mike Lonergan said.

The big question coming into the game was whether or not Lonergan would get playing time out of his injured stars: Joe McDonald and Maurice Creek.

Patricio Garino dribbles past a Duquesne defender at the Smith Center on Wednesday. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Patricio Garino dribbles past a Duquesne defender at the Smith Center on Wednesday. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

That question would be answered with both suited up in warmups and McDonald eventually in the starting lineup. Creek would enter the game at 15:31 in the first half, but not look himself, scoring just one point over 21 minutes of play.

McDonald wouldn’t have that big an impact either – 3 points and a team-high six assists – but both their presences on the court seemed to add an energy and speed that just wasn’t there in the Dayton loss Saturday.

“I think it helps with some of our role players, it kind of takes the pressure off them, even if they just see those guys,” Lonergan said of having McDonald and Creek back tonight. “I knew Nemanja [Mikic] would play much better. Whenever Maurice is playing, Nemanja is much better and he just can’t be our first or only option from three.”

GW would ultimately win the game with its dominance in the paint and quick hands on the defensive end. Led by a double-double performance from senior forward Isaiah Armwood, the Colonials would outscore the Dukes 36 to 26 in the paint and outrebound them 42-37.

There must have been some grease on the ball from all the $1 hot dogs Wednesday, as possession seemed to change hands after every few dribbles. The two teams would combine for 30 turnovers, 15 each, but GW would take advantage of those opportunities, outscoring the Dukes 16-10 in points off turnovers.

In the first half, it was raining threes for both teams. Duquesne would enter into Colonial territory as the worst three-point defense in the Atlantic 10, but they would also bring with them the conference’s hottest shooter: Micah Mason.

Mason, who came in shooting 61 percent from three, led all scorers at the half with 11 points, draining 3-4 from behind the arc. He would go scoreless, though, the entire second half.

GW combated with its three-point duo of Mikic and freshman Nick Griffin. Both hit two threes for the Colonials in the first half, Griffin’s coming on back-to-back possessions, as GW extended its first half lead to 15.

The Colonials would lead by as many as 19 in the game, up 30-11 with 7:48 left in the first, but that large lead wouldn’t last as the Dukes would end the half on a 19-6 run.

“That was probably the first half time I went off a little bit today, trying to be a lot more positive because we have a mature team, an experienced team,” Lonergan said. “But that was definitely disappointing to be up by 19 at home. We kind of blew it because of some breakdowns.”

GW would return the favor in the second half, though, possibly with some help from the biceps of Soko.

Soko, Duquesne’s leading scorer, would record a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but ultimately do minimal damage to GW, going just 7-13 from the line.

Garino would lead the way for the Colonials, scoring 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. Three others would finish in double figures for Lonergan – Armwood with 14, Larsen with 13 and Mikic with 11 – but that wasn’t what impressed the head coach most.

“We had 23 assists on 26 baskets,” Lonergan interjected. “Everyone will talk about four guys in double figures, but I like seeing a lot of guys with multiple assist games, because we’re a very unselfish team and if we reverse and share the ball, we’re pretty good.”

GW will defend its now 11-0 record at the Smith Center Saturday when they face off against Fordham at 4 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet sports editors Sean Hurd and Nick Ong.

You know it’s a blowout when six different Colonials score in double figures.

You know it’s a blowout when only one GW starter needed to play more than 20 minutes.

But, most importantly, you know it’s a blowout when athletic director Patrick Nero offered up free hot dogs if GW scored over 100 points.

Sophomore forward Patricio Garino dunks during Tuesday's 94-50 win over Delaware State. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Photographer

Sophomore forward Patricio Garino dunks during Tuesday’s 94-50 win over Delaware State. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Photographer

GW came up just short of the century mark in its 94-50 win against Delaware State Tuesday night, but the Colonials’ bench nearly outscored the entire Hornets team, netting 48 points.

By the end of the first half, 10 different players had scored and by the end of the game, every Colonial had grabbed at least one rebound.

“Some of our bench guys were a little shaky in the first half, but it was nice to be able to play them extended minutes,” Lonergan said. “To be able right now to have Patricio [Garino], Nemanja [Mikic] and John [Kopriva] coming off the bench, that’s really good for us.”

The blowout was sophomore Patricio Garino’s first game on the Smith Center floor this season and the forward looked like he hadn’t lost a beat. Garino went 4-6 from the field, totaling 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists in 19 minutes of play – reminding the home fans of his explosive ability to run the floor and get to the rim.

“I’m getting close [to 100 percent], but I think – coming back for a home game after two games not playing – I think it feels pretty good,” Garino said. “I didn’t have a good time being on the bench or on the sideline at practice. I totally hated it, but I’m glad to be back and I want to do whatever it takes to make my team better.”

As a whole, the Colonials dominated in every statistical category, putting on their best overall performance of the season to improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Six GW players finished scoring in double figures, with senior forward Isaiah Armwood leading all scorers with 17. GW would end the game shooting 60 percent from the field, going 35-58 with 25 assists.

GW also continued their success from behind the three-point line, shooting 58.8 percent on the night – their highest mark this season. Entering the game, Delaware State (1-3) had held opponents to 18.8 percent shooting from long range.

While graduate guard Maurice Creek was once again lights out, going 3-3 from the behind three-point arc, a new Colonial came through as another long-range threat: freshman Nick Griffin. The 6-foot-2 guard, who Lonergan tagged as a “zone buster,” shot a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc Tuesday.

“Coach always talks about ‘Know your role,’ and he always tells me when I have open shots to shoot the ball,” Griffin said. “I’m just glad my teammates were able to find me out there and I was able to knock some shots down.”

Griffin would finish the game as the Colonials’ second-highest scorer and minutes eater, with 14 points and 21 minutes played.

The Colonials took ownership over the paint as well, outscoring the Hornets 44-18 there. Throughout the game, GW was scoring basket after basket down low, driving into the paint at will, and on multiple occasions finding either Armwood or sophomore Kevin Larsen for a crowd-pleasing slam. GW would out-rebound the Hornets by 17, 41-24.

The Colonials held  Delaware State to just 19 points in the first half off 28 percent shooting. It wouldn’t get much better for the Hornets, who would finish the game 14 points below their season average of 64.

Lonergan said after the game that he wanted to disrupt the Delaware State offense that likes to “shorten the game, run the clock and run the shot clock down.”

“We wanted to come out and force the tempo, play at out pace,” Lonergan said. “We tried to come after them with man-to-man, then we put our one-three-one on and stretched it out a little, and just got them to play a little faster than they usually do.”

The Colonials are in the best position possible before making the trip to California for the Wooden Legacy Tournament. With an undefeated record and ample time before their opening round matchup against Miami, Lonergan said he is focused on getting his team prepared both mentally and physically for what is sure to be the Colonials’ biggest weekend of 2013.

“I mean, you’d like to not have a break when you’re playing well,” Lonergan said. “But it’s a good time for us to have a break right now and take the trip out there to prepare.”

This post was updated on Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. to reflect the following

Correction appended
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the last 4-0 start for the Colonials was the 2006-07 season. They actually started 4-0 during 2009-10.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:56 p.m.

Men’s basketball announces trio of new transfers

There will officially be six newcomers to the 2013-14 men’s basketball team this season, as head coach Mike Lonergan announced the transfers of Maurice Creek, Dominique Bull and Ryan McCoy on Wednesday.

Men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan announced the transfer of the three new Colonials on Wednesday. The new additions will begin training with the team this July. Hatchet Photo File

The three transfers complete the list of Lonergan’s offseason additions that also include incoming recruits Miguel Cartagena, Skyler White and Nick Griffin.

Cartagena, White, Griffin and Creek will be the only four eligible to play during the 2013-2014 campaign, adding a healthy dose of  depth to the Colonials’ backcourt.

A former Indiana University guard and recent graduate, Creek comes to GW with one season of eligibility left. His transfer to GW was reported June 9 after Creek posted pictures of himself on Twitter declaring himself a Colonial.

Coming out of high school, Creek was touted as one of the nation’s Top 50 shooting guards and Top 100 prospects. He averaged 16.4 points over the first 12 games of his freshman season, but a series of injuries then hampered Creek’s career at Indiana, beginning with a fractured knee cap after those 12 games in 2010 and then a ruptured achilles in 2011, ultimately leaving him as a backup by 2012.

By the end of his four years, Creek averaged 7.2 points per game on 43 percent shooting and 36 percent beyond the arc over a total of 54 games as a Hoosier. He has now enrolled in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Bull becomes a Colonial after playing out his freshmen season at the University of Missouri. Despite only playing in eight games for the Tigers, Bull will be forced to sit out the 2013-14 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations. Graduating from the Tilton School in 2012, Bull averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists per game as a senior. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season.

McCoy will also be ineligible to play during the 2013-14 season after competing for two years at Manhattan University. McCoy averaged just 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in nine minutes per game over his 63 appearances for the Jaspers, scoring a season-high eight points against GW in last season’s BB&T Classic.

 

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Then-freshmen Maurice Creek went up for a layout against North Carolina Central in 2009. Injuries have slowed down the guard’s career, but he is looking to revive it at GW. Photo courtesy of the Indiana Daily Student

Updated at 1:26 p.m. on June 7, 2013.

The Colonials got a big boost to their roster Friday when Indiana guard Maurice Creek announced he would transfer to GW.

Creek, who is trying to rebound from his latest injury-prone years, posted a photo Friday morning of himself decked out in GW gear, announcing that he would be playing as a Colonial next season.

In a phone interview Friday, Creek said he was excited to become a veteran presence on the Colonials’ roster, adding that he had already gelled with some GW players during the offseason.

“I’ve been playing with the guys for a while, and basically they started treating me like family before I was even going to GW,” Creek said. “I’m just glad they found me.”

Maurice Creek announced Friday that he would head to GW. Photo via Twitter

Because of a ruptured achilles in 2011, Creek missed the entire 2011-12 campaign for the Hoosiers and chose to redshirt his junior year. He now has one season of eligibility left to play at GW and will be apart of the Class of 2014.

Despite his history of injuries, Creek brings a high level of experience to the still young Colonials’ backcourt that will include sophomore starters Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage, as well as recruits Miguel Cartagena and Nick Griffin.

“They got bigs that can play and they got guards that can play and they just needed a little bit of help,” Creek said. “They can help me just as I can help them.”

The announcement comes as great news to head coach Mike Lonergan and his staff, after their somewhat low-key recruiting class was overshadowed by the transfers of seniors Lasan Kromah, David Pellom and sophomore Jonathan Davis. This, in addition to the de-commitment of the team’s top offseason recruit Nigel Johnson, and the move on Wednesday of assistant head coach Kevin Sutton to Georgetown.

“[Lonergan's] been watching me since my freshman year and he was recruiting me throughout my years in high school, and I decided on Indiana, but he knew what I could do,” Creek said. “And he just said this is what we need on our team to be successful, and they only needed one more piece, and having me could be that piece.”

Creek, a 6-foot-5 guard was once a top-50 recruit coming out of high school and a Prep-School All-American after his senior year at the Hargrave Military Academy. He put up large numbers in limited time for the Hoosiers during his freshman campaign,  averaging 16.4 points per game and shooting 44.8 percent from three-point range before his season was cut short after 12 games due to a season-ending fractured knee cap.

Returning as a sophomore, Creek put up a respectable 8.3 points per game, but again saw injuries limit his playing time to only 18 games. After the achilles injury in 2011, Creek served as breakout-star Victor Oladipo’s backup, averaging only 1.8 points and 7.8 minutes per game.

Fans will likely have to wait until the beginning of the season to see if Lonergan chooses to continue the youth movement in Foggy Bottom and use Creek as a sixth man off the bench, or if he will trust Creek’s leadership to start over one of his sophomore guards.

He said he would be “just doing what’s required of you. And basically when you get recommended as a high level player you have to play at the highest level at all times, and that’s what I learned at Indiana which is gonna be good when I go to George Washington,” Creek said.

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Updated: May 17, 2013, 9:45 a.m.

Head coach Mike Lonergan has reportedly snagged his newest recruit of the offseason, as Virginia Episcopal School’s Anthony Swan has committed to GW, a source told CBS Sports.

Those reports were confirmed by ABC-13 WSET-TV on Thursday, stating that Swan, who is the cousin of head associate coach Hajj Turner, has committed to GW. Swan had narrowed down his choices to GW, Miami and Cincinnati, but ultimately decided that becoming a Colonial would be the best fit for him.

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Men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan has now had his first recruit join for 2014-15, CBS Sports reported. | Hatchet File Photo

Swan, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is a high school junior, so he will not arrive to play on campus until 2014-15, making him the first recruit to declare for that season.

He joins the list of 2013 offseason recruits that includes Skyler White and Miguel Cartegena.

“He’s just a very reserved person, always very positive even through negative times – bad losses and things like that,” Curtis Staples, Swan’s head coach at Virginia Episcopal, said. “He’s always the guy that tells everybody it’s gonna get better, so he’s definitely one of those guys that you want to have in your locker room.”

Last season, Swan averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks for his varsity VES team that went 21-4,5-1 in the extremely competitive Virginia Independent Conference.

Swan’s wing shooting skills will help fill the hole left by recent transfer Lasan Kromah, and could form to a strong combination with White, known for his three-point shot.

“Anthony’s biggest strength is his shooting. He’s a great shooter, so he’s able to stretch defenses and create a lot of problems for a lot of opposing teams because he’s so athletic,” Staples said.

This has been an up-and-down off season for Lonergan, with Kromah, Jonathan Davis and David Pellom leaving the program, and former recruit Nigel Johnson de-commiting from GW.

It is not known at the time whether Swan will receive one of the available scholarship slots upon his graduation next year.
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The Washington Post has a feature piece on 2013-14 recruit Nick Griffin today, one that describes how his pure shooting skills were the catalyst behind his offer from head coach Mike Lonergan to join the Colonials.

The piece, written by Eric Detweiler, includes the moment assistant coach Pete Strickland decided to offer Griffin his scholarship – after the high school senior knocked down 10 straight treys at an October 2011 shooting practice. The article focuses on how Griffin refined his shot, going from a freshman who scored zero three-pointers to a senior that “might be the area’s top high school three-point marksman.”

“Along the way, Griffin would — and still does — count each made basket, usually attempting to reach 500 before the end of a session, which can take up to two hours,” Detweiler wrote.

The piece also quotes Lonergan, who says that the incoming recruit needs to improve his defensive play, as well as his ball handling skills, but that he was sold on Griffin’s, who is Magruder’s all-time leading scorer, commitment to improving.

“He’s a gym rat,” Lonergan told the Post, “and we thought if he had that work ethic and commitment he would keep getting better as he gets older.”

The Post’s feature includes a video on Griffin, which you can watch below:

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Head coach Mike Lonergan, seen here at his introductory press conference. Hatchet File Photo

Between last night’s men’s basketball game against Temple and tonight’s women’s basketball game versus Saint Joseph’s, the two programs are busy this week.

But the news doesn’t stop there: women’s basketball alumna Jennifer Shasky Calvery is among the first Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Legends, and men’s basketball recruit Nick Griffin is a McDonald All-American nominee.

 

Women’s basketball

Calvery joins Red Auerbach as the two GW representatives in the inaugural A-10 legends class. Featuring 16 student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the league’s women’s basketball programs, the 2013 legends will be honored March 16 at the Barclays Center.

Calvery, a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, lead the Colonials to their first A-10 championship in 1992, earning tournament MVP honors after the  62-57 victory over Rutgers. She was a member of GW’s 1991 and 1992 NCAA tournament teams, Calvery was also honored as the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She still holds the school record for three-point percentage in a game, 1.000 – 7-for-7, and ranks fifth all-time at GW with 195 career triples. Calvery also averaged 14.0 points per game in her career, the fifth-best scoring average in program history.

 

Men’s basketball

Incoming recruit Nick Griffin is among the 2013 nominees for the McDonald All-American game, announced today.

Over 800 players from 39 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. Griffin is one of 22 nominees from Maryland.

Griffin, who signed his letter of intent in November, is a 6-foot-2 guard for Magruder High School in Rockville, Md. Last season, he averaged 17 points per game for Magruder last season, en route to a 26-1 record and the Class 4A state championship.

 

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