Tuesday, November 4, 2008

10th Place - George Washington Colonials

Head Coach: Karl Hobbs
Record at GW: 123-82 (7)

Home Court: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center (5,000)

1 Travis King So G 6-2 215
2 Xavier Alexander So G 6-6 215
3 Tony Taylor Fr G 5-11 170
5 Rob Diggs Sr F 6-8 202
11 Wynton Witherspoon Sr F 6-7 197
12 Johnny Lee Jr G 5-8 166
15 Aaron Ware Fr F 6-5 190
21 Hermann Opoku Jr F 6-9 225
22 Damian Hollis Jr F 6-8 205
31 Noel Wilmore Sr G 6-3 190
33 Matt Allbritton Fr G 6-4 190
42 Joseph Katuka So C 6-10 215

First 5:
1- T. King (his knee injury last year started things unraveling for the Colonials. They never recovered. A healthy King will go along way into making this team a success.)
2- X. Alexander (started last 14 games a season ago. His long range shooting needs to improve but the rest of his game is very solid.)
3- W. Witherspoon (athletic slasher transferred from VA Tech and fit right in with the rest of the team. Averaged 11 ppg a year ago.)
4- D. Hollis (here is yet another example of a Hobbs project developing. He will average close to a double double this season.)
5- R. Diggs (IF his improvement arch continues on the path it has been the last 3 seasons he could very well be a A10 POY candidate. IF that happens you can expect the Colonials to finish much higher.)

Second 5:
1- T. Taylor (this frosh is a very talented insurance policy, he will see plenty of court time.)
2- N. Wilmore (he will reprise his role of designated 3 point shooter off the bench.)
3- A. Ware (LA product fits the Hobbs mold of athletic wing players who were under the radar.)
4- H. Opoku (Austria native needs to show continious improvement.)
5- J. Katuka (he could easily be in the starting lineup. Knee injuries have bedeviled him but he oozes raw skills.)

Outlook: After three straight trips to the NCAA tournament the Colonials went 'thud' last year. The knee injury to King, Mo Rice's disappearing act, and a few other chemistry issues which Hobbs has fixed all added up to less than expectations for GW. Hobbs is too talented a coach to stay down for long and if King stays healthy and productive this is easily an NIT team, possibly more.

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