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George Mason Basketball: August 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Let the Rankings Begin

As the summer is officially winding down you can expect every college basketball website to start putting out pre-season rankings. and have already gotten underway with this and recently Rivals countdown has placed Mason at #47. Whats interesting is that Maryland is listed at #48, ha I love it. Even though I've stated many times that these rankings are total bs, it's still entertaining. Rivals has mentioned that they believe both Mason and VCU should make the NCAA tournament this year, I couldn't agree more but at this point its mostly just hype. The article mentions that importance of the bench players contributing as the starting lineup provided a large majority of the scoring. Rivals seems to think Vlad Moldeveanu will be thrown into the fire early due to the lack of size and depth in the front court, but I'm not sure if we will see this right away. Vlad might be 6'10" but he is not a bruising power forward or center, his game is based mostly on his outside shooting. I could see Chris Fleming and Louis Birdsong logging more minutes in the frontcourt as they both showed improvement during the CAA tournament.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mason not in Munson's Plans

After a lot of rumor and speculation by Mason fans that the former All-Met Dematha point guard Nigel Munson would transfer to Fairfax it seems that he is intent on attending George Washington. He is so intend on going there that he is attending community college this fall just so he can later enroll at GW. His desire to transfer to a school closer to home was made difficult after his release from VA Tech prevented him from directly transferring to GW because they were in the the Hokies future schedule plans. After hearing this news some Mason fans (including myself) held on hope that he would chose to play for Coach L as it would seem like the only logical choice if he could not go to GW. I'm not even sure if Munson was ever considering Mason but we fans are used to "Livin' on a Prayer" when it comes to these matters. But hey look on the bright side at least the charges against our recruit Jay Threatt have been dropped.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Former 'Skins GM Joins Mason

In an interesting news story I just came across it seems Mason has brought in former Redskins GM and NFL analyst for CBS, Charley Casserly. Recently Casserly was with the Houston Texans and was the decision maker behind the selecting of Mario Williams over Reggie Bush or Vince Young in the 2006 draft. Wow, im so glad this sports genuis has decided to spread his "wisdom" with the Mason community. I'm not even a Texans fan and that draft still upsets me. But have no fear as according to the DC Sports Bog Casserly will be titled as an executive-in-residence and instructor of sport management, hopefully meaning he has no decision making abilities related to men's basketball. I'm not even going to continue the rumors that this move might show that Mason is making some sort of progress on getting a football team because I've given up on that for the time being. Lastly, Casserly's job description involves career counseling for Sport Management program students. Hope he doesn't come across any Texan fans while providing this counseling, as I'm sure they would have some "counseling" ideas of their own to share with him.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

More Than Just Hoops

Coach Larranaga: basketball coach, motivator, public speaker, geography educator? Yes, that is correct, Coach Larranaga's basketball summer camp apparently is not limited to just hoops. GMU Geography Department Chair Allan Falconer discovered that Larranaga would often quiz his campers on geography. This prompted Coach L and Falconer to develop the "Mason World Ball", an NCAA-regulation basketball that is also a globe providing a correct scale representation of the location and areas of the continents. I'm not making this up, take a look. I'm sure the campers loved that during their summer break from school their basketball instructor was quizzing them on how many U.S. states start with the letter 'M', I can hear the screams of joy now. I joke about it but it is free publicity for Mason as they teamed up with National Geographic Society and the Geographic Information System (GIS) software company ESRI to develop the ball which also sports the Mason logo. I think it's great Coach L is helping out other departments of Mason but for the love of God focus on getting us a football team first! Is that really too much to ask? Well it might be, but still.

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