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Paul Hewitt's first exhibition with the Team USA U19 squad doesn't go well

George Mason Basketball: Paul Hewitt's first exhibition with the Team USA U19 squad doesn't go well

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Paul Hewitt's first exhibition with the Team USA U19 squad doesn't go well


The team USA U19 squad and Paul Hewitt got a wake-up call over the weekend with a 101-72 drubbing at the hands of Lithuania. Not exactly exciting news for Mason's new head coach but remember it was an exhibition game. Team USA shot 2-for-15 and were down 32-8 in the 1st quarter. They never got closer than 15 points for the remainder of the game. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia. They are in Group D, along with China, Egypt and Serbia. Their first preliminary round game is against Egypt on June 30.

Despite how the team performs this summer I think the international experience only helps Coach Hewitt entering the 2011-2012 college season. The different styles of play and talent he and his squad will have to endure will be quite a challenge.  Trying to bring a team together so quickly is no easy task and it's basically what he will have to be doing shortly after with this year's George Mason squad. 

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9 Comments:

Anonymous c hirsch said...

US would have only lost by 10 if Larranaga had been coaching.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Mark Louie said...

why even comment something like that?  You're an idiot

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Justin Hay said...

On a completely unrelated note: does anyone know how the recruiting / scholarship offer system works?  Meaning, if Mason has, say, 3 scholarships to hand out for 2012, and they offer 9 guys, is it first-come, first serve to whoever accepts?  I ask because I've seen Mason offer scholarships to a few guys that look like they suck (at least on paper) and aren't being recruited by many D1 schools....and frankly, I would rather hold out hope that guys like Moto and Chris Boldin sign with us. 

4:21 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Good question. Typically, programs will offer 3 to 5 prospects for 1 actual scholarship.  When one of the prospects commit, then you tell the others at that position that you are no longer recruiting them.  For example, you have three scholarships and need a point, a wing, and a post.  You recruit several guys at that position, prioritize who you really want, evaluate who you think you are the best shape in with, and then really work hard to get the “best player you have the best chance of getting.”

Sometimes schools take more commitments than they have open and "make room" for the player. Not something you've seen at Mason but it happens.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Mason said...

There are offers called pushers (long shots) Justin. These offers are legit, but are made to nudge your toppers. Toppers are guys you've invested your time in. If you add your toppers and pushers together you get your offers. As far as your, they suck on paper concern, it's called a dog-tag offer. If you hand these out you've done a horrible job recruiting. It's quite common in some very low quality conferences. Hewitt won't be handing out dog-tags anytime soon. When a fish is caught, the earlier the better.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

Maybe because I don't take life as seriously as apparently you do, Mark Stick up My Ass.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Does anyone think that receiving a lump sum 7 mil buyout biologically makes you not care as much?

10:48 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Don't read into this. This U19 team is terrible, no Elite players (i.e. Kentucky players) wanted to play and you can already see have trouble scoring.  

8:58 AM  
Anonymous lou said...

 update: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=6733600. May not have any big names on the team, but going into the next round the U.S.  is 3-0..." and the only team in the 16-team field to finish the preliminary round undefeated."

11:49 PM  

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