Game 2: Men’s exhibiton vs. West Georgia
After a disappointing 9-17 season, the GW men’s team gets its first opportunity to exorcise the on and off court demons of last season, and start anew when they host the West Georgia Wolves Saturday afternoon at 2 P.M.
In the pre-season tune-up, much of the focus will be on Colonials PG Travis King who is making his much anticipated return from a season-ending patella injury that has kept him out of action for almost a year to the day (11-14-07 vs. Boston Univ). King claims he is at 80% for the beginning of the year, but he will be relied on to lead the team both on and off the court throughout the season.
In addition to King, GW returns starters Rob Diggs, Wynton Witherspoon and Damian Hollis in addition to Noel Wimore and Xavier Alexander who should all contribute to the Colonials success this season. Diggs was named to the Pre-season Atlantic-10 second team, while Witherspoon and Hollis will both be relied on to contribute offensively for a team that is playing without Maureece Rice, Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty who were all dismissed from the program in the past year. GW also welcomes three freshman: Tony Taylor, Aaron Ware and Matt Albritton who will be relied upon to bring scoring, defense and character to this program in a season that Coach Hobbs has dubbed “a rebuilding year.”
The Colonials Opponent West Georgia is a Division II school in the Gulf South Conference coached by Michael Cooney. The Wolves are led by preseason Gulf South second team guard Doug Daniels who led all scorers in West Georgia’s first exhibition game against D-1 foe Jacksonville St. with 23 points on (5-6 from behind-the-arc). While the Wolves lost 83-76, they competed fiercely against the Ohio Valley squad and boasts a roster full of former D-1 athletes. Center Jesse Oglesby played last season for the Marshall Thundering Herd in Conference-USA, Chris-Miller Williams was a member of the South Carolina St. squad and Chris Colvin played for Southeastern Louisiana last year.
The game is scheduled to start at 2 P.M. EST at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center and be sure to tune in to http://www.gwradio.com at 1:40 for your GW Basketball pre-game show. Scott Trocchia and Nick Provazza will have the call while Max Feinblatt, Robinson Lynn and Ben Toder will be handling production duties from the WRGW studios. Make sure to keep it here for all your live updates from the Smith Center tomorrow afternoon!