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GW MBB Preview 2017-2018

By: Daniel Stettin and Jacob Sichel

In just his second year, Coach Maurice Joseph is looking to continue his success at GW from the previous year. After abruptly being named head coach prior to season, Coach Joseph went 20–15 overall and 10–8 in A-10 play.

Who’s gone?

One caveat is that this year’s squad will look drastically different when they take the court Saturday against Howard. Star Forward Tyler Cavanaugh is currently playing in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks and highly touted recruit Colin Smith transferred to the University of Central Florida. As well, Kevin Marfo, Collin Goss and Jordan Roland all transferred while Matt Hart graduated and Jaren Sina signed a contract to play in Europe.

Newcomers:

#1 Terry Nolan Jr.: Guard from Baltimore, Maryland

#0 Justin Mazzulla: Guard from Warwick, Rhode Island

#14 Maceo Jack: Guard from Buffalo, New York

#32 Javier Langarica: Forward from Bilbao, Spain

#35 Bo Ziegler: Grad Student Forward from Detroit, Michigan (USF)

#21 Luke Sasser: Walk On Sophomore Forward from Raleigh, North Carolina (UNC-Charlotte)

#2 Armel Potter: Sitting out this year, R-Junior Guard from Marietta, Georgia (Charleston Southern)

#13 DJ Williams: Sitting out this year, R-Junior Forward from Chicago, Illinois (Illinois)

#30 Jack Granger: Former Team Manager, Senior G from Middlefield, Connecticut

Projected Starting 5 + 6th Man:

PG: Jair Bolden, Sophomore, #3

SG: Terry Nolan Jr, Freshman, #1

SF: Yuta Watanabe, Senior, #12
PF: Patrick Steeves, GS, #10
C: Arnaldo Toro, Sophomore, #11

6th Man: Bo Ziegler, GS, #35

Senior forward Yuta Watanabe, who was voted to the preseason A-10 second team as well as preseason all-defensive team. Yuta averaged 12 points per game last year, but he’s going to need to increase those numbers this upcoming year.

If the exhibition game vs Fairmont State was indicative of how this season will go, Jair Bolden will have to be next up besides Watanabe. After starting slowly at the start of last season, he ended the year as the starting PG shooting over 40% from 3.

Graduate Student Patrick Steeves really came on near the end of last season as a small ball four playing inside. Steeves was expected to be a 3-point ace after shooting nearly 46% from downtown two years ago at Harvard but he shot just 20% as a Colonial last season. With a lack of size on this years team, he will be expected to play the same role as he did at the end of last season.

Arnaldo Toro ended last season really struggling to see the court due to foul trouble. After playing big minutes in the nonconference portion of the season, he averaged just 12.6 MPG in conference play. He will need to cut down on fouls as Toro is expected to be the primary big man this year.

Newcomer Terry Nolan Jr was a late commit for GW after being committed to Chattanooga until UMass hired their coach. Nolan Jr. started in the exhibition game for GW and is expected to play the most minutes out of the entire Freshman Class.

Bo Ziegler comes to Foggy Bottom with three years of playing experience at the University of South Florida actually playing two games against GW having minimal impact. Watch out for Ziegler’s veteran leadership with strong defensive play and occasional offensive outbreaks.

Schedule:

Coach Joseph put together a fairly difficult nonconference schedule in his first season as full time Head Coach. After opening with Howard, the Colonials will head to Tallahassee, Florida to take on the Florida State Seminoles. Other tough games will include a trip to Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Invitational where GW will open against #17 Xavier and then play rather Arizona State or Kansas State. They also will face Temple at the Capital One Arena for the BB&T Classic. Other major non conference games include a trip to University Park to face Penn State and also welcome #13 Miami to the Smith Center in December.

The conference portion of the season bring the typical home and homes with VCU, George Mason, Duquesne, Davidson, and Richmond. Conference favorite Rhode Island will come to Foggy Bottom over winter break in early January as well.   

This year in the A-10, the Colonials are picked to finish 11th out of the 14 teams, but to the surprise of many I believe a finish of 8th could be in store. The consensus number one was Rhode Island, who is led by the dynamic backcourt duo of E.C. Mathews and Jared Terrell.

GW MBB heads to NYC to face Fordham

By: Daniel Stettin

The George Washington Colonials (16-13, 8-8) look to get above .500 in conference play for the first time all season when they face the Fordham Rams (13-16, 7-9) Wednesday night in the Bronx. GW is coming off a 83-74 win over Revolutionary Rival George Mason Sunday afternoon in which Junior G Yuta Watanabe tied his season high with 18 points. Fordham, sitting just one game behind the Colonials in the A10 standings, is coming off a 70-48 loss at home to Richmond.

Fordham is led by Sophomore G Joseph Chartouny. He is third in the nation is Steals per game at 3.3 per game. While he has been deadly swiping the basketball, Chartouny is no Briante Weber, as he turns the ball over 3 times a game as well. The 6-3 Canadian can do a little bit of everything, averaging 11 PPG, 5 APG, and 4 RPG as well. Fordham has four players including Chartouny who average double-digit PPG so they run a fairly balanced offense.

One area where the Colonials should dominate is on the glass. Fordham averages just 29 boards a game and just two players average five a game. GW on the other hand has four players getting at least five a game. If there was a game for the freshman bigs to have a big game (they all have been quiet for the past few games), it would be this one against this undersized Rams squad. While Mason is also undersized, there style of play made it difficult for the Freshman bigs to match up.

Fordham’s Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest on-campus arena in D1 College Basketball and despite its small size, can get extremely loud and hostile to opposing teams (ask VCU fans, as they lost 69-67 in January). Despite this, I see a vastly improving GW team that is battling for the 5 seed with St. Bonaventure rally from being down at halftime to beat the Rams.

GW: 68

Fordham: 59

2015 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Recap

Atlantic 10

First Round – March 11

#12 Fordham 71, #13 George Mason 65
#11 Duquesne 61, #14 Saint Louis 55

Second Round – March 12

#9 La Salle 76, #8 Massachusetts 69
#5 VCU 63, #12 Fordham 57
#7 St. Bonaventure 60, #10 Saint Joseph’s 49
#6 George Washington 73, #11 Duquesne 55

Quarterfinals – March 13

#1 Davidson 67, #9 La Salle 66
#5 VCU 70, #4 Richmond 60
#2 Dayton 75, #7 St. Bonaventure 71
#3 Rhode Island 71, #6 George Washington 58

Semifinals – March 14

#5 VCU 93, #1 Davidson 73
#2 Dayton 56, #3 Rhode Island 52

Final – March 15

#5 VCU 71, #2 Dayton 65

March 13, 2015: Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Scoreboard

Atlantic 10

First Round – March 11

#12 Fordham 71, #13 George Mason 65
#11 Duquesne 61, #14 Saint Louis 55

Second Round – March 12

#9 La Salle 76, #8 Massachusetts 69
#5 VCU 63, #12 Fordham 57
#7 St. Bonaventure 60, #10 Saint Joseph’s 49
#6 George Washington 73, #11 Duquesne 55

Quarterfinals – March 13

#1 Davidson vs. #9 La Salle, 12:00 PM (NBCSN)
#4 Richmond vs. #5 VCU, 2:30 PM (NBCSN)
#2 Dayton vs. #7 St. Bonaventure (NBCSN)
#3 Rhode Island vs. #6 George Washington (WFED, NBCSN)

Semifinals – March 14

Davidson/La Salle vs. Richmond/VCU, 1:30 PM (CBSSN)
Dayton/St. Bonaventure vs. Rhode Island/George Washington, 4:00 PM (CBSSN)

Final – March 15, 1:00 PM (CBS)