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Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 1:45 p.m.

Tony Taylor to play in Poland

Tony Taylor, CBE
After spending the last few months competing in the NBA Summer League, former Colonials point guard Tony Taylor will head to a small town in southwestern Poland to play professional basketball.

Taylor announced the news on his Twitter account Thursday that he will play the 2013-14 season for PGE Turow Zgorzelec, a professional team in Poland. According to eurobasket.com, Taylor is expected to be in PGE Turow Zgorzelec’s starting five at the point guard position.

This summer, Taylor competed with the summer league teams of both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. With Oklahoma City, Taylor averaged 6.0 points per game while dishing 2.7 assists per game. With the Heat, Taylor put up very similar numbers, averaging 5.9 points per game with 2.0 assists per game.

This will be Taylor’s second season of professional basketball, previously playing last year with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Development League. In 55 games he compiled 7.4 points per game, 1.7 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists per game. At season’s end, he earned USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 3rd Team honors.

Last season, PGE Turow Zgorlegec emerged as the Polish League Regular Season runner-up, falling to Stelmet Zielona Gora in the championship game.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 7:55 p.m.

Tony Taylor to play summer ball with Miami Heat

Former Colonial point guard Tony Taylor will officially play summer ball as a member of this year’s NBA title winners, the Miami Heat, the team released on its website Tuesday.

Though the Heat summer squad will play in both the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Taylor will not be joining them until competition in Sin City begins. The Heat will begin practicing this week, before competition in Orlando begins on July 7, and play in Las Vegas begins on July 13.

The invite represents a chance for Taylor, like other NBA prospects, to get noticed and signed.

ESPN New York reported last week that Taylor could have received an invite from the New York Knicks’ summer league team. After playing last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s development league team, the Tulsa 66ers, Taylor has also supposedly grabbed a summer league spot from the pro squad, the SB Nation blog RidiculousUpside reported in April.

Last season on the 66ers, Taylor earned All-NBADL Rookie Third-Team honors, while also helping the team win a playoff series. He averaged 7 points on 42 percent shooting and 3.2 assists per game.

 

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Saturday, June 29, 2013 6:15 p.m.

Tony Taylor to get shot with the Knicks?

Former Colonial point guard Tony Taylor may get his chance to play in the NBA with the New York Knicks.

Tony Taylor, win, Dayton

Then-junior guard Tony Taylor celebrates with his teammates after a win. Hopefully he will have something else to cheer about soon as he looks to reach the NBA. | Hatchet File Photo

As reported by ESPNNewYork.com, eight players, including New York’s recent 2013 draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr., are set to suit up for the Knicks’ summer league team, with Taylor being one of the players who “could receive an invite.”

Taylor competed for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Developmental League team last season, averaging 7.0 points and 3.2 assists per game, after being scouted by the Knicks and several other NBA teams.

If Taylor does indeed get an invite, he will face stiff competition from former Wichita State point guard Toure Murry, who has already been invited to compete. Murry averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals in the D-League last season.

There, Taylor would also meet up with N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie, Farmingdale State’s A.J. Matthews and Alabama’s Tony Mitchell, as well as current pros Jerome Jordan, Chris Smith and Iman Shumpert.

Do you think Taylor has a shot in the NBA with the Knicks? Tell us in the comments.

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Tony Taylor, CBE

Then-junior guard Tony Taylor takes aim. Hatchet File Photo.

Former men’s basketball standout guard Tony Taylor was drafted by the Tulsa 66ers in the second round of the NBA D-League draft tonight.

Taylor was the 32nd overall pick, heading to the D-League affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, who advanced to the league’s championship round last season before falling to the Miami Heat.

Last season, Taylor paced GW in scoring, with 13.1 points per game, assists, with 4.3 per game, field goals made, with 136, and free throws made, with 102. He ranked second on the Colonials in steals, with 42, and three-pointers made, with 31. He ranks 19th all-time in program history with 1,345 points, fourth all-time with 486 assists, and ninth all-time with 130 steals.

Taylor recently competed in a new post-college league, the Basketball Alumni Legends League, or The-BALL. He was a key presence in GW’s backcourt during his tenure with the program, culminating in a selection to the A-10 preseason first team before his senior season. Despite a disappointing final season as a Colonial, when the team struggled to shift to head coach Mike Lonergan’s new style of play and exited in the first round of the A-10 tournament, Taylor netted his 1,000th point while in a GW uniform and was named the team’s MVP for the second straight season.

The scouting rumors aren’t Taylor’s first brush with the NBA. Following his junior season with the Colonials, Taylor briefly declared himself eligible for the NBA draft before withdrawing his name.

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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 10:58 a.m.

Tony Taylor to the New York Knicks?

Senior guard Tony Taylor charges down the court Wednesday, seeking an opening to set up an offensive play for the Colonials. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Then-senior guard Tony Taylor charges down the court last season, seeking an opening to set up an offensive play for the Colonials. Hatchet File Photo

Former Colonials point guard Tony Taylor is reportedly being scouted by the New York Knicks, with Bucketsoverbroadway.com, an NBA-focused blog, reporting that the team invited Taylor in for a workout last week.

Taylor’s agent, Brian J. Bass, told KnicksJournal.com that “a few NBA teams” have the point guard on their short lists, including the Knicks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers. Those comments have given rise to speculation that, if signed, Taylor would likely compete for an affiliated D-League team, where he would be groomed in the hopes of further developing him for NBA play.

Taylor recently competed in a new post-college league, the Basketball Alumni Legends League, or The-BALL. He was a key presence in GW’s backcourt during his tenure with the program, culminating in a selection to the A-10 preseason first team before his senior season. Despite a disappointing final season as a Colonial, when the team struggled to shift to head coach Mike Lonergan’s new style of play and exited in the first round of the A-10 tournament, Taylor netted his 1,000th point while in a GW uniform and was named the team’s MVP for the second straight season.

The scouting rumors aren’t Taylor’s first brush with the NBA. Following his junior season with the Colonials, Taylor briefly declared himself eligible for the NBA draft before withdrawing his name.

What do you think of Taylor’s NBA rumors? Tell us in the comments below.

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Men’s basketball all-time leading scorer Chris Monroe will join fellow former Colonial Tony Taylor in competing with a new post-college league, the Basketball Alumni Legends League.

The league, also known as The-BALL, will pit a team of former Philadelphia-area college players against a similar team from the District in an Aug. 4 showcase at the Smith Center.

“We are pleased to have @GWGeorge all-time leading scorer Chris Monroe on our DC team roster,” the league’s Twitter account said.

Monroe, a 2003 graduate, scored 2,249 points during his four-year career with the men’s basketball program from 1999 to 2003, the most in program history. His career point total is also the third-most of any player in Atlantic 10 Conference history.

He also ranks 10th all-time in rebounding at GW, making him one of just four players to be inside the program’s career Top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. Monroe also holds GW career records in free throws made (720) and attempted (1,096), and last played professionally in the Ukraine.

This year, Monroe was inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Then-junior guard Tony Taylor battles his way to the basket in the 2011 A-10 tournament. Hatchet File Photo

Tony Taylor may have graduated, but his time on the court in the District hasn’t come to a close just yet.

A new post-college league, the Basketball Alumni Legends League, or The-BALL, is forming, pitting a team of former Philadelphia-area college players against a similar team from the District. Taylor announced he’ll take to the court with the D.C. team for an Aug. 4  showcase in the Smith Center.

“Shoutout to @theballhoops for inviting me to play in the dc vs. philly alumni game at the smith center Aug 4th. Will be televised on Comcast,” Taylor tweeted.

After the Smith Center showcase, the two teams will play a second game at GW’s A-10 rival Saint Joseph’s. From there, the “new professional basketball league will launch in 2013,” its website reports.

Taylor is the lone former Colonial on the listed roster, but the Philadelphia team counts eight former A-10 players among its ranks.

The point guard was a key presence in GW’s lineup during his tenure with the program, culminating in a selection to the A-10 preseason first team before his senior season. Despite a disappointing final season as a Colonial, when the team struggled to shift to head coach Mike Lonergan’s new style of play and exited in the first round of the A-10 tournament, Taylor netted his 1,000th point while in a GW uniform and was named the team’s MVP.

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Ugur Atalay, men's tennis

Senior Ugur Atalay prepares for his opponent to serve the ball during match against Georgetown last year. Hatchet File Photo

Men’s tennis senior Ugur Atalay and women’s lacrosse senior Sarah Phillips are the outstanding senior student-athletes of the year, nabbing the top prizes at today’s Senior Honors Luncheon.

Atalay, who was named to the A-10 first team April 26, took home the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete award, given to a graduating male senior who demonstrates achievement in athletics, academics and community service. Atalay earned a 21-9 singles record and a 18-8 doubles record this season for the A-10 champion Colonials.

Phillips was awarded the Lynn George Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete award after earning first team honors April 27. Phillips, who is the women’s lacrosse program’s all-time leader in points and assists, paced the A-10 and ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I in assists this season.

Senior rowers Eric Anderson and Mackenzie Hovermale captured scholar-athlete of the year honors at the luncheon, and 24 student-athletes were named the most valuable players for their respective teams. Senior guard Tiana Myers took home MVP honors for the women’s basketball team, and, for the second straight year, senior guard Tony Taylor is the most valuable player for the men’s basketball team.

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Sophomore guard Dan Guest charges down the court during the Colonials' Feb. 25 game against Duquesne. | Hatchet File Photo

Sophomore guard Dan Guest will depart from the Colonial program for next season, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

This was first reported by Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com who released the first edition of his 2012 Transfer List today.

“The team and staff at GW wishes Dan nothing but the best in his future both on the basketball court and off,” an athletics communications spokesperson said.

Guest played in 30 games for the Colonials this year, averaging .8 points per game, .4 minutes per game and .5 assists per game. He shot 40.9 percent on the year, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. The 6-foot-2 guard, along with junior guard Bryan Bynes, was often used to provide relief to senior point guard Tony Taylor, including a Feb. 25 game against Duquesne where Guest played arguably his best game as a Colonial.

Guest’s departure would open another scholarship for head coach Mike Lonergan, meaning when the spring signing period opens April 11, Lonergan could sign an additional recruit to his current four-man class. Along with Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood, that move would bring the 2012 recruiting class to six.

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Junior forward Dwayne Smith leaps to secure a rebound early in the second half. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

DAYTON, OHIO- In the end, what will likely be the Colonials’ final game could have been any other game of the season.

It had all the elements of GW’s play that frustrated its players and head coach all season long: opponent scoring runs and a lackluster first half contributing for a large deficit at the half. Shooting struggles stopping the Colonials from closing the gap. A stronger second half effort that fell apart with just minutes to go, the hole too much to close.

The team’s silent walk onto its bus after the game could have been after any loss on the season, except it wasn’t. It was the final one after a 67-50 defeat that Dayton handed the Colonials (10-21) in the first round of the A-10 tournament. Barring an invitation to a postseason tournament, it was the last time this group of players would take the court together.

“The game was kind of typical of our season. We get down a lot, we fight to come back, plenty of time, plenty of timeouts, and we just make a bad play,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “It was kind of our season in a nutshell there.”

Five years. That’s how long it’s been since GW has won an A-10 tournament game. Five. The last time the Colonials won, they won it all, walking away with the championship title in 2007.

In that time, players have rotated through the team, some leaving with memories of earlier success, others transferring away from a program that wasn’t the dream they’d hoped for. Over those five years, the Colonials saw its head coach and the rest of the staff change, the very leadership of the team shifting.

For four of those five years, senior guard Tony Taylor wore a GW uniform, working steadily to rise to the top of the team. He exits as the 19th leading scorer in program history, and leaves without ever making a trip to Atlantic City. After the buzzer sounded on what was probably his last 40 minutes as a Colonial, Taylor sat on the floor outside GW’s locker room, staring at a spot on the carpet.

“It’s never how you want to go out. Especially on a loss, first round, haven’t been to [Atlantic City],” Taylor said. “It’s a tough loss. I didn’t play well, I didn’t really help my team. It’s just hard. Hard for me to really go about anything right now.”

Junior guard Lasan Kromah heads to the rim to lay it in during GW's second-half scoring run. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Taylor wasn’t the only Colonial to struggle at the net. He scored just six points on the game, not the kind of statistic the guard wanted as the punctuation mark on his GW career.

But Taylor wasn’t alone. The Colonials only put up 17 points over the first 20 minutes of play, their second-worst first half of the season. The team ended the game shooting 34.5 percent from the floor, just 21.4 from long range.

“We shot 46 percent the last game, Saturday, and here we shot 34 percent, including 21 percent from threes,” Lonergan said. “You can play all the defense you want, but you’ve got to score more than 50 points.”

It was a big hole at halftime, but GW wasn’t daunted. The team seemed to put it all together early in the second, doubling down on their efforts to open play after the break on a 11-4. It was capped by a Taylor steal that he ran back and dished over to junior guard Lasan Kromah, who lay it in to pull the Colonials within five. That was as close as GW would come.

The difference was effort, junior forward David Pellom said. Over that stretch of play, the Colonials had the effort, had the spark, that they needed to overcome the Flyers. Pellom, who earned his fifth double-double in six games with 18 points and 10 rebounds, gave arguably the most effort out of a player in a GW uniform Tuesday night. It was a spark for the Colonials– but not one that lasted.

Smith, left, and senior guard Aaron Ware, right, set a defensive doubleteam against a Flyer. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“Our effort. We wanted it. You could tell, that little spurt that we had. We wanted to win the game,” Pellom said. “After we came out of halftime, we had a little talk, everybody just came together and just worked hard.”

While GW couldn’t get going at the basket, Dayton figured out the Colonials’ defense, keeping them from effectively shutting down the Flyers’ shooting. After Dayton posted its season-high in three-point shooting against GW Saturday, Lonergan prepared to shut the Flyers down from long range in the rematch.

And as play opened, with the Colonials in an aggressive man-to-man defense, Dayton’s three percentage dropped to 16.7 on the first half. But the Flyers simply went inside, dribbling through GW’s screens to get easy shots at the net. So Lonergan made the switch to the high-energy full-court press, an approach that was responsible for Dayton’s stumble at the beginning of the second.

It was an effective maneuver: one stretch of play saw the Colonials cause two turnovers in a row and earn three straight possessions. But it required so much effort, from a team that had so little depth, Lonergan said, GW just couldn’t maintain it for all of play.

“That’s why we kind of got out of it. Tony, he was tired the whole game. [Junior forward] Dwayne [Smith] was playing a lot of minutes, he was tired. David is kind of nursing a bad knee,” Lonergan said. “We can’t really stay in it, tried to go 1-3-1 a little, just gave up too much. All year, you go down 15 points, some games 20, it just takes so much energy to come back. Especially against good teams on the road. And we’re dying. And maybe that’s why we’re struggling to score.”

The final buzzer closed another kind of chapter for GW’s program, as well. It marked the end of Lonergan’s first Atlantic 10 season as head coach of the Colonials, and it wasn’t the end he wanted. But it wasn’t an end that will deter Lonergan from his ultimate vision for the program.

GW's bench watches as the final seconds tick out on its loss in the first round of the A-10 tournament. Elizabeth Traynor | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“We haven’t been past the first round, or even in it, this is five years in a row now we’ve lost in the first round and not even made the tournament. I just think we’ve got to change the mentality. Winning breeds winning. When you’re not a good team, the breaks don’t go your way,” Lonergan said. “We’ve got to get everyone working harder in our program. And the kids we recruit, that’s going to be the mentality. That it’s all about winning and we’re going to do things that it takes to win.”

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