GW Men’s Basketball 2012-13 Preview: Moving Forward

Nkwa Asonye
Executive Director

Last season was hailed as a revival of George Washington men’s basketball.  New head coach Mike Lonergan came with a lot of momentum. He assembled a new coaching staff and hoped to lead last year’s 17-win to a bigger and better finish. There were even aspirations of a fringe NCAA tournament bid.

By season’s end though, both fans and the team found themselves staring at a 10-21 record, another first round exit at the hands of the Dayton Flyers, and the graduation of their leading scorer and current Tulsa 66ers rookie Tony Taylor.

Consider this season “The Foggy Bottom Revival: Take Two.”

Returning to the fold are seniors Lasan Kromah and David Pellom, the team’s top returning scorers from last year.  Kromah, who scored 11.1 points per game, showed some rust a year removed from his foot injury but still showed some game-changing potential. From his double-double performance  – with a career-high 14 rebounds – against Xavier and two strong scoring totals against Richmond, there’s still more to come from the local guard.  Pellom averaged career highs in points (10.4), rebounds (6.1), and shot an A-10 leading and program-record 68.5% from the field.  With his energy and as the GW’s principal low-post scoring threat, Pellom served as a crucial staple in the rotation even though he only started four games.  The Colonials are going to miss him early in the season though as he’s still recovering from left wrist surgery in the off-season.

Senior guard Bryan Bynes was the lone backup at point-guard last year and will likely keep that role.  He comes into this season as the team’s best perimeter defender and will look to expand his offensive versatility.  Swingman Dwayne Smith is coming into his senior season healthy for the first time in his Colonials career and will likely start right out of the gate. Concussion symptoms plagued him all last year, but he showed a glimpse of his strong sophomore season in a late six-game stretch where he averaged 11 points and four rebounds.  Coupled with his already tough inside play, if he regains his ability to stretch the floor with his jump shot, he will be GW’s biggest x-factor on both ends of the floor.

Posted on November 3, 2012, in Campus, GW Basketball, Men's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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