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Thomas still in the mix with Wizards

George Mason Basketball: Thomas still in the mix with Wizards

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Thomas still in the mix with Wizards

This is from the Washington Times yesterday:
"The team will hold a three-day mini-camp staring on July 10 and will select a 12-man roster from the 16 or 17 prospects on hand.

Veterans Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Oleksiy Pecherov, rookie JaVale McGee and 2006 second-round pick Vladimir Veremeenko already have spots on the team.

The rest of the list for now is: Georgetown's Jonathan Wallace, George Mason's Will Thomas, College of Charleston point guard Dontaye Draper, former Indiana standout A.J. Guyton, former UMass and UVa swingman Gary Forbes, Fairleigh Dickenson forward Mike Peeples, former Wake Forest forward Vytas Danelius from Lithuania, Winthrop forward Taj McCullough and Drexler center Frank Elegar.

An additional name or two could also be added to the list, which is expected to be finalized on Monday."

It looks as if Big Willie Style has made more of an impression on the Wizards than Folarin Campbell and is still in the running to be on the summer league roster. Looks like we will know more information come Monday but really it's great to think Will might be playing in Vegas next week.


Blogger Katheryn P said...

What a bummer...Folarin is a TEAM player, and definitely deserves a better look from the Wizards. Goodness knows they need an anchor man to solidify the team, and Folarin Campbell would be an outstanding contributor in that role...He has NBA team captain written all over him!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

NBADL captain maybe.

These guys are better off in Europe, making decent money and actually getting to play. Neither is good enough to see significant time in the NBA.

3:11 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Will would have a better shot and career in the NBA than any former Mason player. He actually plays defense and gets rebounds. Something the Wizards need. Hell if Ben Wallace can play in the NBA without being able to score why not Will.

3:36 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said... bring up a great pt. I've never been able to figure out Ben Wallace's career, and Will's got a ton more offensive ability inside than he does. Thomas deserves a shot, and if it doesn't work out, he can then head to Belgium.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I think you guys are severly underestimating the level of talent Will played against in the CAA and what he would play against on a nightly basis against the NBA.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Ben Wallace was a defensive powerhouse and a top 5 rebounder most of his career. Scoring isn't all that matters.

5:32 PM  
Blogger send it to said...

Chris Ben Wallace played his college ball at Virginia Union, which is DII. So your level of competition argument makes no sense.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

So you cite one player who breaks the mold and that makes my argument invalid? Don't think so, and I know it is more that have done it but it's not many if you look at the history of who has made it in the league.

I am all for liking Mason but some of the comments on here border on ridiculous.

12:36 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

No not rediculous, all we are doing is saying that he has a shot. Not that he is the next fuzzy head or that he will lead the Wizards into the finals. The competition in the CAA versus the other leagues is no arguement either. Basketball is basketball on the college level. The 06 Patriots proved that. Will seemed to do fine then. He is an exceptional talent. Now against a seasoned NBA player he will struggle, that is a given. But against the other young guys that he is competing against I don't think that he will. He is a player that can score in the right situation and he can actually make free throws. The Wizards are a running team and he can run. So to say that he has no real shot or that some of these arguements are ridiculous would be ridiculous.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

ONE team breaking the mold and winning 4 games does not prove the level of play is the same throughout college basketball. You are telling me that the MEAC or the Patriot league has the same caliber player as the ACC or Big East?

Get real.

2:20 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

Chris..MEAC or the Patriot league...why are you bringing up leagues no one has discussed? Mason is part of the CAA...are you confused? I don't get why we're arguing here about this topic...the facts are simple: Will Thomas was an incredible person and player for Mason, he'll play a dozen or more great years in Europe, and maybe he'll get a shot to be a bench contributor in the NBA at some pt.

Chris...relax, dude. Life's too short. Being a hater just to be a hater...come on, man.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Before you rip on me for being a hater read what others write and see why I respond how I do. Mooky said college basketball is college basketball, meaning everything is equal no matter what conference ou are in.

My rebuttal was invoking two lousy conferences and making the point that in no way are the guys in that league on the same level as guys in the ACC, SEC, etc.

Sorry it makes me a hater to not fawn over everything Mason and think a good player at Mason doesn't equal an NBA player.

Mason is perfect, there players are the best. I hope I fit in now.

4:36 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

yep you fit in now. you are the expert in NBA personel and know all about basketball. Look at what I wrote at the start of all of this, Will would have the best shot at making the league. A shot, not a guaranteed contract, or huge signing bonus. NBA MVP of 2009 Will Thomas. No not what I mean, Will has a chance to be a bench player.

About B-ball being B-ball. I don't care what league you are in, it is the same game. The object is to score more points than the other team. Whether you are in the SEC or CAA or MEAC. I have seen teams from a lower conference play and beat a better conference team it happens every year. You can't say that you haven't witnessed this. Not just one team go back and look at the upsets for the past years. Richmond, Valpraiso, Davidson, Navy, VCU, Mason, Those are just a few that I can actually think of games that they won or when they beat bigger conference teams.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I got discussion going on here at least, yay!

Go Mason!

1:32 AM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

Chris...discussion ain't a bad thing. Keep it up. College basketball - any form - is worth talking about...

All: Be sure to check out the front page article on college recruiting, featuring Mason's Chris Caputo in today's POST.

6:39 AM  

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