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Paul Hewitt talks about his impressions of the team

George Mason Basketball: Paul Hewitt talks about his impressions of the team

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paul Hewitt talks about his impressions of the team

Yesterday Jon Rothstein talked with Paul Hewitt about his impressions of this year's George Mason squad and his new opportunity in Fairfax.  Rothstein who works for the MSG network and CBS, often comments on George Mason basketball and always provides good insight.  Here are some of the highlights:

On this year's team:
"I'm really impressed with what I've seen so far because they're so open to new ideas and new philosophies. We're not changing everything that was done here but we're going to add some new stuff"
On freshman Vaughn Gray:
"He's shooting the ball really well in indivdual workouts. It's been a nice surprise."
On freshman Erik Copes:
"He's where I thought he'd be. He's got a great jump hook but I know freshman have a learning curve."
On freshman Corey Edwards:
"Our big men are going to run harder because of how he pushes the ball. He makes you go faster."
On Ryan Pearson:
"He's got some outstanding face up skills. He's great from 17 ft and in.  He can fade and use the up and under as well."
On Sherrod Wright:
"He's got an unbelievable motor and work ethic. He's shooting it better than people said he would."
On Vertrail Vaughns:
"He's shooting the heck out of it. There's no doubt the experience he had last year helped him."
On the makeup of the team:
"I like our front court but Andre Cornelius is our only perimeter player with experience."

[via @JonRothstein, CAAZone]



Anonymous c hirsch said...

Paul Hewitt on Paul Hewitt:

"I mean I really suck. When a school pays you 7 million to go away there is no other way to say it. I have a lot to prove, hopefully this place is like Siena or I'm screwed."

2:15 PM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Dude, give him a chance.  He is our coach and we need to back him.  Coach L diserted us partly due to lack of support from school, which can translate to lack of support from fans to program.  We don't regularly sell out and donate and you have to make comments like that about Hewitt.  Give the dude a shot.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Noticed typo, deserted.  Though Coach L did "dis" us.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

Please, spare me the guilt trip. I support the school plenty. I don't have to be blindly supportive, I am allowed to be skeptical.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Scottranda said...

I second the motion and support coach Hewitt. This years team will rule and cant wait for the season to begin.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous worstposterever said...

Myself, I like the humor. I think we're going to need more of it this year than ever.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

C Hirsch, yes totally allowed to be skeptical, but I also want to believe Hewitt has learned from his past.  I want to give him a fresh start.  I wanted Coach L to retire here, but he left.  GMU has so little going sports wise, hoop is the main thing.  I think we have a great opportunity here.  Hewitt negotiated a great deal.  God Bless him if he can walk with $7MM and then go somewhere else for $1MM.  The American Dream, right?

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Guest said...

Sounds like Hewitt is impressed with the talent we have, and its nice to hear that the guards are shooting well and pushing the ball up the floor.  A little concerned about what he said about Copes, "he is where we thought he would be" sounds like a very politically correct way of saying he needs a lot of work.  No mention of Mike Mo or Parris Bennet though, I would be curious to find out how Hewitt plans to use them and if Bennet can possibly make an impact next season with Johnny Williams status in question...

12:31 PM  
Anonymous GMUWHAT said...

 Finally some one not praising coach L. He has done some great things. But Our program should be a lot better then it is. He could not recruit top prospects. After going to the final 4 it should of been a lot easier. Baylor relativity a no-name name a few years ago, made the final 4 two years in a row. WE need to stop living in 2006 and be come a top tier program.  

9:22 AM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

Baylor made the Final Four? Where was I?

11:35 AM  

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