Jair Bolden is killing this team
 1/14/2018 1:28:13 PM      Replies: 108

papadopoulos1/11/2018 12:07:18 AM

Bolden is bad. Awful, selfishness and no defense. It's killing this team.  


papadopoulos1/11/2018 12:27:51 AM

And sorry Mojo, how is Bolden playing 35 minutes a game and Mazzula so much less? Time for an inversion of their playing time. 


fan1/11/2018 12:28:50 AM



cjs fan1/11/2018 12:32:13 AM

Ridiculous Papadouche.  Jair Bolden was picked by the coaching staff to be our point guard.  There is no reason or logic to bench him.  Enough said.


rpg1/11/2018 12:34:09 AM

Can we see the Bolden's ± stats somewhere...?


spicey1/11/2018 12:58:57 AM

Shooting like 29%. 


spicey1/11/2018 1:07:28 AM

He's like the Eli Apple of this team. 


bigfan1/11/2018 3:08:31 AM

This fine young man chose wisely. He is not as fine a young man as Tyler but he a fine young man. Maybe a family man one day. A Good, fine, young family man, who could make more fine young sons who I will help steer to GW. Away from that Satanic school down the street. 

Sometimes hard work and dedication to earn a scholarship are what is required.  Does this fine young man come from a family of other fine young men? Would not want him to wind up like Ben Standing. Work and success like Tyler should be rewarded, journalism which doesn't address my own well founded delusions must be discouraged.

Tell you who is else a good family man.  Mike Lonergan and his fine wife Maggie.  Also, Hal Holbrook. Now if Jair can focus on his studies and his playbook he too can one day be a fine family man and fine upright moràlly outstanding point guard. Is he married and is he procreating?  

This whole season could have been avoided if Darnell Rogers was here.  His father procreated at a young age a family man and a GW man, and all to deliver such a fine young man for our purposes.  To lead other fine young men on the court. Where is Darnell? Leading Kentucky and their fine young men? 

Does Tyler have siblings?  Male siblings,  I mean as women sports are to be discouraged like squash. Fine young men play basketball for our entertainment. Then they marry, copulate and inseminate. When they do, I will deliver them toGW if that rascal deviant AD does not interfere with my master plan. 

Is this a tempest in a teapot? Or is it just a case of one fine young man. 


long suffering fan1/11/2018 7:24:18 AM

This is called scapegoating    The difference between a good team and the product we are forced to endure this season is hardly Jair.   It starts with the coaching staff and ends with the end of our bench.   If you feel the need to attribute blame on one source, look no further than an inept athletic department who assembled this mess.   Other teams have lost its coach without going down the toilet quite as dramatically as this


long suffering fan1/11/2018 7:26:50 AM

Or to put it another way, you could replace Jair Bolden with John Walk and we would still stink. 


long suffering fan1/11/2018 7:27:22 AM

Jonn Wall, not John Walk

dave1/11/2018 8:37:56 AM

This is clearly moving in the wrong direction. If he's lost the team again, I wonder how many players are going to transfer out after this season? 


free quebec1/11/2018 9:28:09 AM

Bolden is a young player in a slump (and his O-rating is cratering to Brian Bynes levels).  

The problem is we have almost no half court options and an offense that relies on guys to make one on one plays, so we have many empty possessions each game where Bolden's inefficient chucking is the best of the bad options.   Hopefully he plays his way out of it, but as easy as it is to scapegoat the guy who has the ball the most and takes the most shots, we'd be even worse without him. 


lets go1/11/2018 9:36:12 AM

FQ GW does have a senior who's one of the best players in the A10 and 3-4 inches taller than the guy defending him at his position. That should be an option in the half court, right? 


rich maier1/11/2018 9:43:07 AM

Bolden has been in a slump his entire Colonial career. He's shooting 34% this year and shot 36% last year. Actually that's not a slump that's who he is a 35% shooter. Add the fact that he plays NO DEFENSE and he should be on the bench. 


free quebec1/11/2018 9:46:03 AM

Let's Go, yes, but the problem is Yuta can't dribble that well so he can't consistently create his own shot. I love the guy, but he hasn't consistently created during his 4 year college career.

That said, MoJo was pretty clear this offseason that he wanted Yuta to be our "batman" on offense. He even said he would lessen Yuta's defensive role so Yuta could expend more energy on offense, but we don't seem to use Yuta on offense nearly as much as I thought. I do think we could run more plays to get him going to the basket and get him going to the basket, but I just don't think Yuta has the handle to be a guy we can just run ball screens for all game and hope he creates for himself and others.


mentzinger1/11/2018 9:56:03 AM

I agree with FQ. We'd be even worse without him, which should tell you something. At least he has a jumpshot. Should be playing the 2, with Mazzulla at the 1. Why not? Not like we're going anywhere this year and this would develop them in their natural roles.

Collin Smith. Paul Jorgensen. Nick Griffin. Even Colin Goss would help this group.


lets go1/11/2018 10:14:55 AM

I couldn't disagree more with Yuta's dribbling. If we're being realistic here, Yuta's probably the second best ball handler on the team. At least better than Steeves, who for some reason is the secondary ball handler (although I suspect this has to do with not wanting to waste Yuta's energy on ball handling duties). It's the reason he's able to go coast to coast on the few times that we run the fast break. Some examples below:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Besides, when your defender is 4 inches shorter, you're NOT supposed to be beating them off the dribble. That's against the whole point of exploiting the mismatch. It's like asking Porzingis to iso from the perimeter when he's guarded by a point guard. Run a simple play to get the ball to Yuta INSIDE the three point line. He then has the option of either shooting over the defender or getting closer to the basket for an easier shot. Almost no dribbling is involved. It makes even more sense when you consider that he excels at his mid-range game. Unless you want to see Yuta take those off-balance three pointers. He'd probably be a better option at the high post than Toro right now. 

I also think the Steeves YMCA game (the old dump it down and let him work) is a better option than Jair's dribbling and isolating. I'd prefer to see ball movement and wide open shots to taking contested perimeter shots. 


brod1/11/2018 11:47:45 AM

I genuinely can't remember the last time I saw someone on this team drive to the basket and score a layup. Having someone who can drive is important in order to collapse the defense and get open threes & outlet passes (ASSISTS!). Shandon looks like he could be our go to guy for this.


gw1/11/2018 11:57:23 AM

JB is MOJO's chosen guy. Last year MOJO sent Hart then Roland to the bench in favor of JB. JB played an undeserved 627 minutes last year. No way he plays anywhere near that amount under ML. Depite JB poor shooting and lackluster D throughout last season MOJO had JB in the game to inbound the ball down one to Richmond in A10 Qtr. JB immedialy misses Tyler in the post on the break then desperatley inbounds to Yuta out past the elbow then compounds those errors by running right at Yuta bringing Kwan Fore with him who stole the ball from Yuta to end the game. Of course Hart and Sina our 23 year old red shirt guards are stting on the bench watching that mess. As a final reward to MOJO for his undeserved minutes JB delivers an 0-8 fg 0-2 ft zero point stinker to end the season at UIC. Who goes out the door first between these two?


2twotoed1/11/2018 12:10:09 PM

I think Bolden is a perfect example of less is more. In small doses he shows some ability, mostly shooting. The more he plays it’s quite obvious he has major issues. I’m not blaming the kid for anything but he’s being asked to do a lot beyond his natural ability. I won’t try to justify how he plays defense.


lt1/11/2018 12:20:34 PM

LSF, I like our chances a whole lot better with John Wall at PG-LOL.

Everyone let's face facts- this is a bridge year to get us to next year and beyond with a much better group of players.  The combination of Cavanaugh's graduation (boy, how much do we miss him) and the transfers has left the cupboard bare.  Plus, this team has no bench.

Still I am hard pressed to remember a year in which we were blown out in three consecutive games.  

2 12:23:06 PM

Lets Go and GW.  Excellent points and observations.   That the team as a unit is not playing up to its potential is on the coach.  Notwithstanding, the ceiling on this team is only so high.   Rearranging the chairs on the Titanic didn’t really help that much. 


lets do it1/11/2018 12:33:49 PM

Let's not blame Jair! It's all in the coaching! Mojo is way out of his league. Think about what we are doing offensively! No ball movement and everyone stands around watching. Defensively, I won't  even go there!We had the same issues last year. Sina was the scapegoat and now it's Jair who was supposed to be our future? Fire the coaching staff now! We lost very good players due to transfers and players who had eligibility remaining and didn't finish up here! Isn't that enough to be alarmed? Disgraceful!


long suffering fan1/11/2018 12:43:17 PM

2 posts above was mine

dave1/11/2018 12:45:24 PM

Who exactly is this much better group of players next year?  We're losing Yuta, Steeves, and Zeigler and bringing in 2 star and not-rated recruits.


squid1/11/2018 12:50:11 PM

Here's the advanced stats. BPM is plus minus. Jair's middle of the pack on this team where most players are negative.



papadopoulos1/11/2018 12:54:17 PM

Naturally as he is playing almost every minute.  If you are the point guard, don't look for others on offense, unwilling passer , shoot 34%, refuse to try on D, you are going to kill the team. This guy is.  It's not about skill, it's when your floor general, the head of the snake, does all the wrong things. Impacts the whole team. 


papadopoulos1/11/2018 12:57:07 PM

Lolollol to Bigfan's post 


dccolonial1/11/2018 1:13:26 PM

Dave how many times do i have to reiterate to you that your cursory cherry picking of our pending recruits is entirely unfair. Both Marcus Littles and Shandon Brown are well regarded recruits with offers from good basketball programs and programs on the rise. In addition, Mezie also apparently had many good offers, and has been described favorably by BO who has been pretty spot on with his assessments of past recruits from what i have read. Recruiting has not been Mojo's problem, his problems appear to be more scheme based (a more fundamental issue).

Regarding Jair, unfortunately noone else is really capable of running an offense at this point and if we replace Mazulla with Jair as the starter, we would have only one reliable three point shooter in the lineup (that is not going to win the game). Also the assessment of Jair's freshman year is unfair as he struggled early on but definately improved as time went on (he shot well in conference play if irecall correctly). Right now he is in an unfortunate slump and scheme issue as we have zero consistent spacing beyond yuta and sometimes terry. I don't know how you make this team work right now but if you think all our problems will magically go away by gluing Jair to the bench then I would strongly disagree with that perscription.


bigfan1/11/2018 1:34:07 PM

3:08 a.m. post was not mine, though amusing in some ways.

Would cut out the distasteful references, however.

As for Jair, he is indeed as parodyist notes, a fine young man based on his academics in high school.  Should we not go for the fine young men that ML brought who gave GW half the A-10 All Academic team? How about some Penders types? How'd that work out?

Jair clearly has an ability to create. In general, though to strip it down the essence: he dribbles much, shoots too much, passes too little and doesn't exert himself on defense.

This needs to be fixed before we constantly keep giving him the keys to the team.


spicey1/11/2018 1:39:27 PM

Littles ain't so little. Big boy can play!! Unlike Jair who can't or wont. Give me five guys who at least battle  tired of seeing, one guy, not try on defense. Bench him!!


nockjr21/11/2018 1:53:23 PM

I havent had a chance to make to any games yet this season but by looking at team numbers no one is getting it done.


nockjr21/11/2018 1:59:24 PM

Coworker thought that would be funny. Ignore that last post wasnt me.

long suffering fan1/11/2018 2:11:26 PM

The choice was between a dick who was a capable coach and a nice guy who is not a capable coach, at least not yet.   The school and many (most) on this board Chose the nice guy.  Now we must live with that decision.   BTW...I knew that post wasnt you,Bigfan.   Didn’t sound like you.   Sounded more ziikish.


tennessee colonial1/11/2018 2:12:46 PM

OK. Jair's a sophmore. What about the Seniors? It's their job to take control of this team. Steeves tried to be the shooting hog, now, its Yuta turn. He should get the ball and not give it up. And shoot, shoot, shoot. Take charge 'old men'. Don't leave it up to the young uns or the the young un coach. It's YOUR final season. Make something of it!!!!   Like our guys with the Atlanta Hawks.


pippen1/11/2018 2:26:58 PM

The dirty little secret is that while it isn’t all Jair’s fault, his teammates are also frustrated with him. Unfortunately much like the QB too much of the credit or blame goes to PG. But make no mistake, Jair definitely has some issues especially on D and with court vision/emphasis on getting everyone involved. But this is also a coaching issue. They need to sit the young man down and hit the reset button. The bench is always a great thing for changing kids mindsets. If he can’t handle the bench then send him bye-bye because Shandon is coming for his minutes anyway.


pippen1/11/2018 2:51:23 PM

Yuta not alpha dog. Nice Robin but no Batman. Told you all this months ago and was laughed at. Coaches can’t run stuff for a guy who doesn’t want it like that.


the dude1/11/2018 2:53:42 PM

Tough situation, limited options.  My vote remains more time for Mazz.  More Jair off the ball at the 2. TNJr minutes remain same. 

BoZ: 3 more blocks and is shooting 69% on the season, More minutes for him too. 


waterboy1/11/2018 3:13:41 PM

Seniors? They all left ML two years ago.  Everyone of them but Yuta left ML two seasons ago.

Who are you referring to Ten Col??

dave1/11/2018 3:19:40 PM

Sorry, perhaps I should I have added "according to the ESPN Scout Grade system."

Kellan Grady, the Davidson freshman who just scored 19 points on 53.8% shooting against us, was a 4 star recruit.  Terry Nolan, Jr. was a 3 star recruit. Justin Mazzula was a 2 star recruit. Maceo Jack was not rated, and Javier Langerica was off the grid.  Those tiers seem fairly accurate to me based off of their current performances to date, but ESPN is the one rating the incoming freshman, not me.


tennessee colonial1/11/2018 4:13:53 PM

Waterboy, I mean any of the upperclassmen. (Transfers, Grads, etc.) They have experience. But someone has to lead the team on the court.   Yuta may not want to, but there is no one else.  Jair is too young.  And I don't see anyone following his example.  Especially on defence.


the dude1/11/2018 4:28:00 PM

TC, hard for new arrival like BoZ to do so vocally, I guess Steeves in year 2 could, but still.  Yuta leads by example with the effort he exudes.  A quiet leader. 

BoZ also brings max effort to every possession. That's my kinda leader, TCaV did, JoeMac did, TNJr does, Carl Elliot did.  Shawnta did. Most of those guys did it with energy level and playing style.  Play with max effort, words can be hollow, IMO.

Mazz, takes charges, that's a form of leadership. When someone is Not hustling back, the antithesis of that.



merrick1/11/2018 5:50:06 PM


At roughly this point last season, Mojo made a surprising (to me) move to give Jair substantially more minutes and time as point guard.  For whatever reason, it appeared Mojo was making a commitment to Jair as a key ingredient for the future.  His ball handling, playmaking, and decision making was very rough at times, but these were the growing pains of playing a freshman guard—and they were masked in no small measure by Tyler’s offensive prowess and Sina handling the ball primarily against pressure and in late game situations 


By now, it should be obvious that notwithstanding any lack of talent surrounding him (and I agree entirely with FQ re Yuta’s ability to create his own shot) Jair has not demonstrated any consistent measure of court vision, anticipation, and driving capacity  to be a successful D1 point guard.  This problem has only been compounded by their reliance on him as a primary scorer.  Indeed, the most notable difference on offense between last season and this one is that Jair took considerably less shots per minute played.  While this is almost certainly due to having Tyler as the go-to option, it is worth noting that in our two hot shooting wins this season against those Philly schools, Jair took only two shots in the first ten minutes in one and none in the other.  On defense, I simply don’t seem to recall Jair looking as bad as he has looked this year.   


As much as we would hope differently, this is simply a team with a very thin roster and extremely little depth.  Too many starters who should be backups playing way too many minutes.  John Kopriva was a starter averaging roughly 25 minutes per game his final season—with lots of calls on this board to strip his minutes.  Imagine if you stretched those 25 out to 30, where Patrick Steeves stands today.  And while I understand the desire to go up tempo, I simply don't believe we have the personnel to run an offense with constant movement and play aggressive man-to-man with guys playing 35-38 or even 40 minutes. 


If it’s all about the future, just as he did with Jair last year, I'd like to give Justin substantially more minutes to give him experience.  And if it’s about wins, I’d like to see more use of the 2-3 zone against certain opponents.  And if Jair’s in the 2-3, I hope he shows that he cares.       



long suffering fan1/11/2018 5:52:49 PM

Merrick sums it up perfectly.  " Too many starters who should be backups playing way too many minutes."


la fan1/11/2018 6:49:42 PM

No doubt the team is thin at every position right now.  I don't know as much about the recruits as most here, but it sounds like Mojo did a decent job of landing a couple of guys. 

Still, next year we lose Ziegler, Yuta and Steeves.  I would be surprised if there were three guys ready to come in and play equal to or better than them upfront.  Bottom line is this is a painful stretch for the program.  When I heard that ML got fired I thought it would be 3 years to turn it around.  Right now, I don't even know.


alumnus1/11/2018 7:48:24 PM

Having Bolden as the starting point guard is obviously a symptom of the underwhelming talent level on this team.  You have three power forwards whose average range for a reliable jump shot is around 3 feet, and a freshman starting at SG who looks talented but shouldn't have to be taking on such a big load.  The alternative point guard is a freshman who, so far, hasn't shown he's going to be any more than a valuable sub.  Why take it all out on Bolden?  Yes, he could look for other players more.  So could Steeves, who was able to get off his inside shots against weak OOC competition, but not so much against A-10 opponents.  I'm not sure that either Toro or Ziegler is that much better at their position, particularly as offensive players, than Bolden is at his.  Steeves does contribute some ballhandling and passing, but I'm not sure it really makes up for his lack of mobility and quickness.   It's a tough haul.  Theres' always a tendency when things are tough to make one player the scapegoat.  I don't think Bolden particularly deserves it more than anyone else.


dave1/11/2018 8:01:35 PM

Yes, agreed. And think about it... Sina took a lot of crap on this board last season. He didn't come back... he's playing professionally in Estonia or somewhere.  Couldn't wait to get out of here.  I wonder if folks blaming the lack of success on Jair, our 2nd best player (!), will cause him to leave as well.  But folks, Jair was a 2 star recruit too.  He was coming to get coached up by the coach that can actually get results out of lesser players and get them to the NCAA tournament and NIT titles. Not cellar dwellars or close to it with poor coaching.


the dude1/11/2018 8:14:10 PM

Agree with Alumnus/others, its a case of limited options.  Not personally sure what the best recourse is this season, other than my suggestion above.

When the team was playing its best, seems that was the reason.


1971 walkon1/11/2018 9:08:16 PM

There are formulas for winning and losing.  We have a passive coach who imparts passive play and losing.  This team lacks leadership, discipline, chemistry, passion, defensive effort, shot selection, etc. etc.  A good coach would light a fire (i.e. Rutgers taking #4Mich State to OT at MS in a tough loss) under his teams ass and get them to bust their butt all night.  Their new coach took them from stinking up the gym to competing for real every night. "This is our gameplan now go run it."

We should stop hoping for sophisticated offensive sets and strategy and use every player on the team to make every minute of every game as unpleasant as possible for the opponent.  Foul hard on every drive and play ugly.  Would rather see us play ugly hard than ugly soft.  Right now teams are running layup practice against us.  There's absolutely ZERO weakside help on D.  Knock somebody down and foul hard just once please.  It beats turning the ball over every other possession.  The future will fall into place with more team effort and we become more watchable, or not.  C'mon coach, somethin aint workin!         


fan1/11/2018 9:15:10 PM

This team is too weak, too shallow, too slow to take that approach, coach.


spicey1/11/2018 10:44:11 PM

Big fan at 3:08 cracks me up. Lmfao. Damn yo. 


alumnus1/11/2018 11:14:01 PM

As far as the idea that MoJo can get the players to bust their asses every play -- short memories.  How many times did Lonergan say he couldn't get his seniors to get motivated enough to claim their NCAA slot?  How many times during his first season did we hear him say that the players "thought" they were working hard at playing defense?  How many times did we see the 9 and 10-win Hobbs teams look like they didn't care?  How many times in Penders' last two seasons did it look like only Chris Monroe, who was a true basketball warrior, was busting his ass every play?  How many times did Mike Jarvis complain that he just couldn't get his players motivated enough to follow up big wins with another win against bad to mediocre teams like Duquesne or LaSalle?  Obviously there are coaches out there who are more prepared to handle a talent shortage than MoJo is at this point in his career, but it's on the players as well if they're not working hard enough.  They're getting the benefit of 4 years of scholarships at one of the priciest school in the country -- some of it has to come from them as well.  


the dude1/11/2018 11:29:01 PM

Alumnus, word perfect.  Great post.



papadopoulos1/12/2018 1:24:43 AM

Ok but Bolden blows and he is killing the team  the Awful shooting for two years is one thing, but selfish and no defensive effort too? You're all cool with that?   


bigfan1/12/2018 3:39:53 AM

Would be nice to read this in a paper. Wonders never cease. Jair was recruited by a genius he is infallible  Not just a genius. A sage.  Our dearly departed leader was A pillar of society. A man who drinks whole milk. Not fake almond milk or skim. That is what they drink at satan's spawn down the street.  His ability to dribble out the clock is also a wonder which never ceases. 

BigFan The Elder, told me when I was a young man do you want to be a snowflake or a man.  I can see Jair was told the same. Adam Kilgore is a snowflake. A skim milk drinker. A kale eater. Jair I suspect eats meat raw ripped from the flesh, after he has killed it with his brick jump shot.  

Well I don't hew to the politburo or the party line. Come to GW. We create men with backbone.  And men who Roger their wives twice a week. Missionary style only of course.  And Mr Kilgore our coach was fired and  the Ad forced to resign, yet I Ask you this sir? In the words of that Clara Peller famous ad, where's the beef?


chet1/12/2018 8:40:13 AM

Can't sleep BigFan? Me neither. I don't always agree with you, but I am all in on kale. Yucky stuff. 


the mv1/12/2018 9:40:37 AM

Let's not confuse lack of effort with not enough skill.  If Patrick Steeves doesn't do enough as a weakside help defender, is it because he's not putting in the effort or is it because that's not really where his skills lie?  This team has obvious holes.  All of the effort in the world would not plug many if not each of these holes.

I was on Jair's case a bit last season and quite a bit more this season, but I don't like to read a thread that's implying he is fully responsible for what ails these team.  Start Justin M. instead, play Jair 15 minutes a game, and do you really believe this team's record would be much better?  It might even be worse.

What we can take from this thread and earlier comments as well is that many of us are seeing the same things.  A point guard who isn't looking enough to get his teammates involved, misses open guys a bit too often, dribbles down the shot clock only to take questionable shots, has no idea how to avoid or what to do when trapped, and isn't playing tough defense.  On the plus side, Jair is a proven scorer with a good midrange shot.

So what has been happening?  Either the coaches see these same things and are working with Jair to correct them but he has been unable to show much improvement in these areas, or the coaches aren't pointing these things out and Jair is proceeding as always because nobody is instructing him on how to alter parts of his game.  The answer could lie somewhere in the middle.

Jair will get the most blame because the ball is so often in his hands.  But look around folks.  There isn't a single player on this team who isn't immune from warranted criticism.  I'd like to see Jair improve as much as anyone, but suggesting that he alone is killing this team is not at all accurate.


alumnus1/12/2018 9:44:34 AM

Sorry to try to approach this rationally, but I worked in bureaucracies for 35 years, so I know the blame game inside out.  It's completely fair to say that with Bolden as our starting PG, we're going to have trouble winning a lot more game.  Calling him out for being what's killing the team, though, is pure scapegoating and ridiculous.  He's better than Omo Moses.  Omo Moses was the point guard on a GW team that went to the NCAAs at least once and may have been in the NIT the other season.  If Bolden was playing the role he should, the first or second guard off the bench at either guard spot, probably there'd be little but good things to say about him.  The same with Toro.  Some combination of f-ups by the GW administration, Nero, and Lonergan put us where we are today.  I've rarely commented on the whole mess and I'm not going to start now, except to say that Jair Bolden didn't put us there.  His weaknesses have been highlighted here up, down and sideways.  A lot of the comments are accurate.  If we did the same thing to the other players, few of them would look very good either.  You can do that if you want.  I don't particularly want to.  There are people causing me a lot more heartburn than the GW players.  I'm sure they're not too happy about the way the last few games have gone.   There's still a lot of games left.  Hopefully there's a wakeup call going around.

There doesn't seem to be a quick punch-in to replace Bolden.  If going to Yuta on every play was the answer, I'm surprised that MoJo, who got 20 wins out of Tyler Cavanaugh, doesn't try to ride Yuta the way he rode Tyler.  Apparently there's something that Tyler had that MoJo doesn't seem to see in Yuta.  MoJo can't be a complete failure in assessing basketball talent and on-court leadership to have won 20 games last season after the way the team wound up in his lap. 

Bigfan, I don't know you and hopefully when you're not posting here you're a happy person.  Based on the things you post here, if GW's basketball team situation is causing you as much grief and anger as you've displayed for a year and a half now, if I were you I'd get help.  There's a lot more to life than how a college basketball team, in a program that's likely never going to be an NCAA title contender if we live another hundred years, is doing. 




rich maier1/12/2018 10:52:55 AM

Alumnus, nice post especially your point about Bigfan.


nj colonial1/12/2018 11:16:01 AM

Alumnus, I'm with you except for the last line... GW can and will contend for a NCAA title if the university has that goal, puts the right personnel and resources in place and makes the right investment in the program.


pippen1/12/2018 12:23:01 PM

Thanks for the laugh NJ Colonial. It was much needed. You sure you haven’t been making runs to California lately? NCAA titles? How about we just worry about making the tourney first.


papadopoulos1/12/2018 1:05:26 PM

Playing no defense is his cardinal sin. The general plays no defense?  That puts him in a different category, and it's why I am compelled to say so.  I love this team it pains me to say so. 


waterboy1/12/2018 1:27:50 PM

The one being scaprgoated is Mojo actually.  By a select few on this board. 


bigfan1/12/2018 1:32:15 PM

Though amusing again, though starting be annoying, 3:39 a.m. post wasn't me.

Also, would not that roger would be lower case. Actually talked to Clara Peller once. Her question would cover a number of issues in the former Athletic Dept administration.

Either a big student of contemporary American pop history or an older person, perhaps a retired attorney, who knows these culture references.

How this drivel advances the Jair question one doesn't know, though sure parodyist is cackling to himself. perhaps into his drinks.

FYI, the former coach did not think Jair was a huge prospect, but took him after Mineland and his father kept screwing around.

Jair has potential to make a difference. He is not to blame for all of our ills, but has to play way more team ball on offense and exert way more effort on defense. Why this hasn't been demonstrated to him graphically is hard to imagine, since he is not critical shooting 2-12.

If it was just a slump or lack of ability wouldn't single him out. We often blame individual players way too much here.

But at this point, it is really selfish play--and that should be called out.


bigfan1/12/2018 1:39:56 PM

And thanks for the gratuitous pyschoanalysis based on someone's else posts using my board name.

Really sets one straight.

Would have to wonder why someone who follows the team closely enough to read the board regularly wouldn't be disturbed at the self-conducted GW implosion and lack of fairness in explaining the whole story?

That would only be normal.


chet1/12/2018 2:14:49 PM

So, you really like kale? 

I'm not big on Jair's excessive dribbling, but, like I've said, the guy has a decent handle, is strong, and has a decent shot. Wish he would go for the hoop every so often, pass better and quicker, share the ball, and hit the bench a bit and get some in-game coaching.

He ought to be a high value asset, though, for the duration. Like Alumnus or Merrick said, he's a perfect 3rd or 4th guard. But, Nolan is as well, and Mazz will be. 

BigFan, I think if it was GW69 (the Psychiatrist), he'd be up front. My bet is on GW Future, who himself is you-know-who's 6th alias. 

I would eat kale rather than shoe polish. 


waterboy1/12/2018 2:48:58 PM

Sounds like Alumnus was  saying it was all of the  one year and a half of your posting. Not just you post this morning Big fan. 


bigfan1/12/2018 3:15:03 PM

And yet, as predicted, we are where we are.

More players left than in any single year under ML. Yuta's senior season and possibly NBA hopes being pissed away.

Inexperienced coach getting schooled by refs and other coaches. The great Raise High savant AD disappearing under mysterious circumstances.  

Huge buyout for former coach hampers Athletic budget.

Team in the midst of a dumpster fire, getting blown out by Duquesne and other league teams. 

Hard to see why it is not relevant or a plus for GW basketball.

Enjoy, if it makes you happy.


gw future1/12/2018 3:21:41 PM

Chet is what we generally refer to at work as a guy who is intellectually challenged. He is as transparent as Saran Wrap. 2018 and presto Chet appears but seems to know a lot about this Board for a guy whose been here just 12 days. And he expects his claims of others using aliases to be credible coming from the King of Screen Names himself. Good luck Chet it must suck to have to navigate life with that pea brain of yours. Guess you drew the short straw. Try not to hurt yourself.

Bigfan knows it wasn’t me. He is way smarter than you Chet. Way smarter. 

But don’t worry, Chet or another screen name will be here soon. Why? He’s following hard because he knows I’ve got a secret he doesn’t want out there.


gwsb141/12/2018 4:38:12 PM

Yuta's NBA hopes being pissed away... don't think he ever really had NBA hopes. 


ruserious1/12/2018 5:51:40 PM

BIgFan there was no "huge buyout" of former coach. You can keep repeating it but it doesn't make it true. 


alumnus1/12/2018 7:33:23 PM

Bigfan, many people bitched about the ball going in to Cavanaugh and not coming back.  Until he led us to an NIT title.  I'm not suggesting Bolden will ever lead us to anything like an NBA title.  I don't think it's a simple equation of I tell you how to play and you do it.  I've never been a coach at any serious level, but I managed people.  If you dictate to an employee and tell them I'm taking your project away if you do something that it's your natural tendency to do, the reaction is often that they shut down and give you nothing.  We don't have a dynamic team.  Bolden attempts to be a dynamic player.  Some players, over time, redirect their talent and everything gets better.  I don't think it happens on demand.  I'd be really surprised if MoJo hasn't talked with him about it.  I doubt MoJo got where he is by being that passive or dense.  Yes, Bolden has the ball the most and the offense isn't productive.  I don't see anything wrong or nasty about pointing that out, it's simply a fact.  I and other people are objecting to blaming it all on him.  If there were 3 guys out there besides him who would consistently shoot outside shots like Garino did two years ago or Tyler did last season, and MoJo was letting Bolden blow the game, I'd be pretty upset.  I really don't see that guy out there.  I also, as I said before, don't believe that throwing Mazzula out there as the PG for 20-25 minutes per game at this point is going to make things any better.  I'm not happy with the way the team's performing, and I'm on track to miss more games this season than possibly any season I've had season tickets (something like 25 years).  It's too bad.  I hope that the new President and AD will seriously evaluate whether MoJo's the right coach to stick with, or whether it's worth blowing it up and starting yet again.  I don't know what the answer is.  I do know I don't spend a lot of time obsessing about it. 


bigfan1/12/2018 7:58:45 PM

Mojo is a nice young man. He learned under a God. He was handed GW greats. Bolden. Toro. Justin Williams. Marfo. Goss.  An unstoppable athlete like Patrick. These fine men are being treated too much in safe spaces. If the coach yelled and berated we could cut down the nets, At the final four. 

Well I don't take marching orders from Pravda.  That is for the minions.   This is still America? 


lets go1/12/2018 8:05:27 PM

GWS, i do know for a fact that NBA scouts have been closely following Yuta since his Soph year, even more than TC in his senior year. Some have even attended GW games. An athletic 2-way 6-9 guard who can defend multiple positions and a versatile scorer will always garner interest from NBA teams.

Mojo is definitely hurting his chances though. It's his senior year and he's clearly the best player on the team. He's being asked to play close to 40 minutes and shut down the other team's best player all the while playing with multiple injuries. Yuta's playing his heart out but the coach doesn't reward him by running any plays on offense for Yuta to score. It's even more puzzling since GW desperately needs scoring and the current offense looks abysmal. 


bigfan1/12/2018 8:09:11 PM

Fake posts getting less funny.

Seems like a lot of obsession here for self-proclaimed non-obsessers.



thomas1/12/2018 8:43:49 PM

I agree with Let's Go, even if Yuta's numbers don't jump off the page and he isn't quite as dominant as many hoped he would be at GW, he still has those NBA measurables(6-9, long, athletic, good 3-point shooter, good shot-blocker, very good defender) that will get him lots of looks from NBA teams. 

the dude1/12/2018 8:49:10 PM

Is he a good 3 point shooter? 

formercolonial1/12/2018 8:52:50 PM

Yuta will play in the NBA next year. Jair should be playing at AU but he is Carm's only recuit and he is pushing him with MoJo who is in over his head. The GTown Prep kid did NOT have offers from MD or any high major programs. He had interest but they all backed off. Nolan had NO high major offers.The recruiting class coming in next year is average, for a Patriot League program, nevermind a team that was a top 50 program just 22 months ago. The fake posters hype recruits and weak transfers to try to justify wht the former DOBO got the head job. We all know the reason.    ML was innocent of ALL the allegations and people are starting to realize it. There has never been any proof that he said or did any of the things alleged. It was all from "anonymous sources"(lol). There will never be a player that says he did it because he didn't. I worked with him and all of his coworkers and his players know the truth. ML was well liked and respected by the coaches, faculty and staff at GW and what was done to him in retaliation for him telling the truth disgusts all of us. Thinker and Dude are doing the dirty work for someone and lying under 60+ aliases and growing. The media won't cover the truth because of the subject matter.  They don't want to be labeled ----phobic.  Neither do I so I can't even post my name which I would love to! Talk to every former basketball coach at GW and ask them about what went down at GW and about their feelings about ML and what was done to him to protect someone.


bigfan1/12/2018 9:42:25 PM

Very interesting post.

Know some stuff for a fact as anyone around the program absolutely does, but as someone who worked in the program, you certainly can provide an inside view.

Keep real facts coming on any side.


toughness 301/12/2018 11:27:13 PM

So what Nolan didn't have High major offers? He's showing he's fine in the A10 and has been a bright spot. He showed fine against FSU & Xavier. Bet ton High Majors would take him with 3 years left. 


gdub1/12/2018 11:44:28 PM

@former colonial is lying it’s actually quite comical. Ain’t no one pushing Mojo to do anything. They have no other guard you moron.  Terry is a stud. Oh and former colonial is Mike Lonergan. Just FYI. 


bigfan1/13/2018 12:00:26 AM

Real journalism can be found on this site. Anonymous posters using a parade of evolving aliases, that is real journalism.  Washington Post, Kilgore and Standig, well those are not real journalists. Real journalists don't hide behind real names in real newspapers. They post anonymously and confirm my delusional biases. That is journalism at its finest. 

Good, fine men like iamserious and neroLovesboys. That is journalism if you ask me. They should give those fine gentlemen Pulitzers. 

I do most of my reading here. Sometimes a good jingle can really inform too.  Well this site has the proper focus in life.  Life has not been the same for me since Kilgore and his merry band of minions tore down our fine family man Mike and and Mrs Mike Lonergan.  Well he is laughing now. This massive buyout has afforded him a lavish new life as a full time gym assistant, the sinner Nero never could have done. 


bo knows1/13/2018 12:19:08 AM

One point on Terry Nolan Jr. It is true that he did not have any mid-major/high major offers following his junior year. However, after he committed to UTC he had a much better senior year and was greatly improved. He would have been recruited at a different level had he waited. When he decommitted from UTC, I am told by a very reliable source who would know that he had a number of mid-majors and high majors trying to recruit him. Mojo was smart to recruit him quickly.



bobo1/13/2018 12:26:56 AM

Nolan is averaging 8.4 pts, 2 assists and 3.2 rebounds on 0.405% shooting.  99.2 ORTg and 107.1 DRTg ratings and a 11.6 PER.  That's fine but not really "stud" material.


2 1:02:51 AM

TNjr better than a whole host of guys brought in under previous regime - Griffin Bryant Cartagena Hart as examples. So who cares if he is high major or not?


ruserious1/13/2018 5:46:46 AM

"Former Colonial" if you're going to post here (are all of those kids in bed already??) you really should make an effort to not make it so obvious who you really are. 


fan1/13/2018 7:37:32 AM

Former Colonial: What was done to Coach Lonergan? I thought he was relaxing, considering his options as to his next coaching gig. 


gw future1/13/2018 8:25:23 AM

Why did the “AD of the Year” suddenly resign? We have no answers here. Care to tell us RUSerious?   What’s the matter - is that confidential? You seem to have had no problem trying to discuss the Lonergan investigation here. Now what? Suddenly you’ve become a mute? Lol. No worries the truth is coming brace yourselves. For as Paul Harvey used to say ... that’s the rest of the story.


long suffering fan1/13/2018 9:58:07 AM

The reason GW is so bad this season...we are playing with 10 scholarship players, 3 of whom are Justin Williams, Maceo Jack and Javier Langarica (the last 2 having combined for 2 field goals all season).  

rich maier1/13/2018 11:54:05 AM

Bobo, be honest. Nolan is soooo much better than some of ml's recruits as named above. I know being straight is not your thing but come on.


the dude1/13/2018 1:48:24 PM

TNJr is the best GW Freshman since Yuta. He's a top 2 Freshman of the last half decade.  (2013-present)

The gap between him and our 3rd best Freshman, of the last half decade, is wide.


dominic1/13/2018 2:17:52 PM

Nolan seems to have a handle, a shot, drive and energy. Add strength, endurance. more passing skill, and he'll be a nice player. 

Smart move to recruit him, no matter how it was initiated.


actual bigfan1/13/2018 2:58:31 PM

Parody getting real tired. Get a grip.

Terry's a good player, who plays defense hard and plays within himself. It was a positive recruitment. He has excellent potential and a GW-supported. Let's not bring him into this, please, and screw up the next four years.

Good find. Doesn't outweight weird coaching hiring and inexperienced actions, although Mojo can be a fine coach one day.

We may have screwed Mojo in the long term and us in the short and medium term with this very curious no-bid selection of the lowest ranking assistant, which doesn' t mean we don't support him and the team. 



free quebec1/13/2018 3:21:58 PM

@Dude, I disagree.  Thought Colin Smith was a terrific freshman.  Most promising freshman big since at least Pops.  


bigfan1/13/2018 3:35:56 PM

Indeed, FQ has an excellent point and would broaden it. If the thought was player retention, Sina, Collin Smith's and Jordan and even Marfo's leaving was a big loss for this team.

Smith didn't play enough and his skills weren't used properly. Marfo (18 points and 8 rebounds against Florida State) could have been used much smarter than pounding the ball into him while teams collapse on the freshmen with predictable result. And Roland simply didn't play enough.

Sina's loss as a PG we painfuly see every day.


dominic1/13/2018 3:43:32 PM

This really is a crappy thread, being posted under the anti-Bolden headline. He does control the ball too much, but, there are few alternatives, and he's got a lot of skill.

Agree, from the little I saw, C. Smith, esp. for a guy his size, was a real keeper. Have no idea why Jordan left, but Marfo and Sina, I think, had their tickets home ready by this time last season. 


gw future1/13/2018 3:51:30 PM

RuSerious went quiet real fast. He knows it’s only a matter of time. Tick tock. 


gwfanwhoknows1/14/2018 12:11:25 AM

@FormerColonial before you start talking about any of the staffs and their recruits you must be intelligent enough to know any recruit at the end of the day has to be signed off by the head coach. Every recruit has a lead assistant. Correct, Bolden was recruited by Carm as was Cavanaugh (Cityrocks), Toro (Cityrocks), Nolan, DJ Williams, Potter and incoming recruit Little’s as well as Zeigler. This year will be a tough year as for many reasons noted, but the experience gained will help this team finish in the top half of the conference next year. 


the dude1/14/2018 12:30:31 AM

Any sense of who the Hajj recruits were?

Funny how little is said about Carm and his CityRocks TC connection.  Well, not enough praise for Carm.  Not enough about the Assistants in general, praise and critique, where warranted both.


free quebec1/14/2018 12:39:05 AM

Lonergan was recruiting Cavanaugh long before Carm was hired.  He did transfer here shortly after Carm was hired, but his recruiting started way before. I know this post is by someone connected to Carm, but I can’t buy the notion of giving Carm credit for a recruit we were connected to long before he was hired. 


rkelley1/14/2018 3:23:48 AM

Bolden has been awful, that is crystal clear. He's shot more shots than any player on the team, his shooting percentage is at the bottom of the team and the A10, his ORTG and DRTG are both below-average. But Mazzulla is not the answer. He has played 12.1 minutes per game this season and has been totally unable to play at this level, with a turnover percentage at 30%--that's one of the worst marks I've ever seen of a GW guard this far into the season. Against Richmond he played 8 minutes, 0 points, 3 turnovers.

Not saying Mazzulla doesn't have a bright future, but so far he has been terrible and is well behind Bolden, who is still only a sophomore. Too early to give up on him. 

If anything, we need to fit Zeigler in more. 


lets go1/14/2018 3:49:22 AM

RKELLEY I agree that Zeigler needs more minutes but how do you fit him in? He's 6-5 playing PF. I.e. There's no interior defense with a front court of Steeves and Bozig. Do you shift Yuta to the 2 and play Zig, Steeves and Toro? Who plays the point? 

alumnus1/14/2018 9:28:41 AM

I don't think Zeigler's height matters that much.  He's both aggressive and physical, something we lack otherwise.  Toro has the size but he gets very passive.  I don't know what happened to him.  Against St. Joe's he had at least 10 rebounds and he was inside fighting on a lot of plays.  I thought he had turned a corner.  But then he had some really big numbers early in the season and then reverted to his 1-6, 5 rebound numbers.  You can't have a lineup with Toro, Steeves, Zeigler, and Yuta together, at least not very long.  Almost no outside shooting and not enough ballhandling. (I realize that you were just raising a question since we have so few options). 

I think at this point you go with lineups that create offensive energy, and hopefully, some points, and hope that if we're scoring, it'll raise the defensive energy level.  The mode in the last couple of decades has been to use defense to create offense, but I don't think that's going to happen here very often.  Zeigler is very active and even if he isn't scoring a lot of points, the defense has to pay attention to him.  He attacks the basket and goes for loose balls.   Toro seems like he's going to wind up as one of those players who has a big game in him every now and then, but just can't put two good games together. 


neil1/14/2018 1:23:24 PM

He is doing his best to make this a first class program.  Thank you

the dude1/14/2018 1:28:13 PM

BoZ has a 7 foot wingspan.  You don't play with the top of your skull, you do with hands attached to harms.

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