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Slam Online breaks down Mason's incoming freshmen

George Mason Basketball: Slam Online breaks down Mason's incoming freshmen

Friday, July 24, 2009

Slam Online breaks down Mason's incoming freshmen

Great little write-up from Slam Online about the Patriot's incoming freshmen:
"The rest of the CAA likely isn’t thrilled with the talented six-man group that George Mason will be welcoming to the court this season. The Patriots loaded up in the backcourt, starting with Mount Vernon standout Sherrod Wright. The 6-4 wing had USC, Oklahoma State and Xavier on his radar before opting to go green. The New York native is an outstanding athlete who thrives on his ability to get to the rim on a regular basis; improving his jumper will drastically increase his threat as a big time scorer.

Guards Rashad Whack and Vertrail Vaughns will be joining the backcourt as well, providing a pair of aggressive backcourt players who will keep opposing defenses on their toes. Whack, a 6-2 shooting guard from Maryland, is constantly in attack mode, looking to beat defenders off the bounce. His ball handling skills will need to improve somewhat as he won’t be able to blow by defenders as easily as he did in high school. Vaughns is a lightning quick point guard who joins Mason from Mesquite, Texas, where the lefty made a name for himself as a stellar passer. He is a great facilitator in the open floor and when he opts to shoulder the scoring load, is at his best pulling up off the dribble from mid-range.

Forwards Paris Bennett and Luke Hancock bring a mixed bag of talents and abilities to the table. Bennett, a rugged 6-6 combo forward from east coast power St. Patrick’s in New Jersey, has a motor that seemingly never quits. Packing just 190 pounds onto his frame, Bennett is a bit too thin to be a consistent four, but isn’t still a bit too raw to constantly operate on the perimeter. Look for him to be a player who floats inside and outside, while making things happen with his hustle and athleticism. Hancock is a 6-5 small forward fresh off a year of prep school at Hargrave Military Academy. A Virginia native, Hancock is a great spot up shooter from the outside and will provide the Patriots with a weapon to stretch opposing defenses.

Lastly there is the one true interior presence signed by Mason this season, 6-8 center Johnnie Williams out of Memphis. Williams is a strong post player with range out to the foul line who will provide solid defense and rebounding early on as a freshman."
It's exciting to hear more about how these guards coming in are aggressive and know how to get to the rim. I'm still not sold on what kind of role Paris Bennett might have. He seems to be like a tweener, caught between the 3 and 4 spot on the floor. Luke Hancock is another wild card but if he can constantly knock down outside shoots he could see a lot of minutes early. Mason was lacking a consistent outside shooter last season. Johnny Williams will hopefully bring some rebounding help to the front court, which was also lacking at times last season. Morrison and Pearson made huge strides but rebounding was not their strong point. Meanwhile Louis Birdsong has never been a dominant rebounder and he won't be, so hopefully adding Williams to the mix will bolster that area in the front court.



Blogger Rick said...

Yeah, my greatest concern is with frontcourt rebounding. Our new crop looks like it will have little trouble scoring, but our presence on the boards may not be the best. We don't seem to have that "physical presence" guy like we've had the past few years with Jai, Will and Darryl.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Johnny Williams, not Johnnie... I can understand Slam messing it up, but not a GMU Basketball guru such as yourself.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Just noticed that, I fixed it. How embarrassing. Although some scouting websites used that spelling in the past though.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't take that crap Ryan... I have seen numerous websites that have it as Johnnie... ifs someone's only complaint on your blog is about spelling than you know your doing something right

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to be a fly in the gym during practice/try out time. There will undoubtedly be a battle for minutes. Who will elevate their game? Who will collect minutes on the bench?

7:01 PM  
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