Ako Adamspoint guard - 6-3

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/5/2014 11:45:25 AM

AAU:  DC Thunder

David Schneider @ShowTimeNation
2016 Bishop O'Connell (VA) PG Ako Adams (@UncleAko_) picks up interest from George Washington. #A10 #T2SO showtimenation.com/database-2/

Verbal Commits

Rivals

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/13/2015 5:06:00 PM

WaPo with mention of GW interest

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/19/2015 7:58:13 PM

Scored 30 and then...

January11โ™‘๏ธ @UncleAko_
Blessed to have Received my 6th offer from George Washington University #GoColonials ๐Ÿ”ตโฌœ๏ธ๐Ÿ€. #HometownDC

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/19/2015 8:08:41 PM

Bummeb I missed a game. Unexpected nap intervened.

Last second shot

Recent WaPo article

These guys have him as #41 PG in his class.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/19/2015 8:11:37 PM

"Bummed I missed the game"

By: 161.253.89.229 (1 posts) - 1/21/2015 1:20:07 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkjsqT5UMMI

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/24/2015 3:01:28 PM

Pretty sure he's at Duquesne game behind bench. 

By: BC (1,645 posts) - 1/24/2015 3:02:45 PM

Good game for recruits to watch.

 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/6/2015 10:44:26 AM

Has recently picked up offers from ODU & Richmond and Georgetown/UVA interest.

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 2/6/2015 11:13:45 AM

not UVA again?

By: MD-DC (147 posts) - 2/6/2015 11:50:21 AM

Of course, Mike! UVA will sweep in again. They'll wait a bit longer, then offer and he'll end up being awesome.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/6/2015 1:35:14 PM

Problem is UVA's team makeup is very similar to our with no seniors and a whole bunch of juniors.  Lots of minutes to give up to 2016 recruits.  The game next year at the Smith Center should be very interesting.

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 2/6/2015 1:55:47 PM

Have to think Justin Anderson is gone after this year, but who knows.

Really intersting to see how Justin Anderson and Jerian Grant have gone from top DC HS guys to college underclassmen with little national press, to basically first team All-Americans now.  Really speaks well of the DC HS basketball scene back when McDonald and Savage were playing around here - and also a good reminder that not every great player comes in and dominates as a freshmen like last year's class.

By: Me (138 posts) - 2/6/2015 2:19:40 PM

Jerian did get some press, however he didn't have a chance to prove himself last year

By: DEA (1,465 posts) - 2/6/2015 2:44:02 PM

Justin Anderson is a great kid. Remember him coming to a bunch of GW games with Larsen and cheering like crazy. 

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 2/6/2015 4:10:23 PM

A mock draft website has Justin Anderson going in the first round(around #20) of the draft this June. If he does turn pro, Virginia will still be very good next year, but not top 5 good. Notre Dame actually redshirted(like they often do in college football) Jerian Grant as a freshman

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/8/2015 7:39:04 AM

Looks like Justin Anderson is out 4-6 with a broken finger. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/8/2015 11:39:55 PM

Looks like Justin Anderson is out 4-6 with a broken finger. 

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/9/2015 3:20:40 PM

Bad news for both of us.

Shame. Kid was having a big season on a team with one loss.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/16/2015 2:39:46 PM

GW mention

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 3/16/2015 10:07:06 PM

ML could present a pretty persuasive case to someone coming from DeMatha who is interested in the quality atmosphere this young man wants. Plus, already a lefty on the team.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 5/21/2015 9:43:25 AM

Doing well in AAU season, but competition still very manageabe.

By: THE DUDE (529 posts) - 5/21/2015 1:46:59 PM

If you scroll down, look at the level of talent from the All Met guys highlighted in BM's link.

Indeed BM, so far so good on the Ako recruiting scene, lets hope that continues.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 6/23/2015 12:09:45 PM

The Left Bench.  GW mention

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 7/19/2015 12:42:09 PM

Nice interview

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 7/19/2015 1:14:29 PM

we have a great business school!

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/7/2015 10:07:35 AM

DevonTe Brooks @DBrooks247

2016 Bishop O'Conell(VA) Ako Adams(@UncleAko_) will take officials visit to ODU, Louisiana Tech & Rice. @MarcusHelton #DMVhoops

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/7/2015 11:44:01 AM

RIPDADโค๏ธ ‏@UncleAko_  21h21 hours ago

I will be making my college decision before my senior year basketball season๐Ÿ’ฏโœ‰๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™‡

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 8/7/2015 12:59:55 PM

I have no inside info, but have a good feeling about Ako. I am pissed that we missed out on Q.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 8/7/2015 1:29:00 PM

Did he take an official to GW?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/7/2015 3:10:54 PM

Not that I know of, but he's been to at least one game (probably more) and it's not unusual to just take an unofficial visit to local schools.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/25/2015 2:45:57 PM

ron bailey

@ronbailey19

This weekend @ODUMBB for '16 G @UncleAko_ . Rice, LA Tech, @DePaulHoops to get official visits later. #DMVHoops pic.twitter.com/3giJvYd6kl

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By: Colonial'13 (94 posts) - 8/25/2015 3:11:26 PM

GW Visit๐Ÿ€

— RIPDADโค๏ธ (@UncleAko_) August 12, 2015

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/25/2015 3:45:24 PM

Good catch '13.  I was beginning to lose hope.

By: NewGWFan (510 posts) - 8/25/2015 4:44:40 PM

I think GW has a legitimate shot here.  Rice, La Tech, and Depaul aren't necessarily close to home.  Have to think we have a really good shot.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 8/25/2015 6:31:59 PM

Agree with NewGWFan.  GW is the best program of the schools reported to have made offers (there are others)  Signs of life with the DMV recruiting to give nod to the other thread.

Looks like a natural fit for GW if you take a closer look at a recent INsider scouting report:

Strengths:
Adams is a wiry lefty guard who has a scoring instinct but is transitioning into more of a true point guard. He looks comfortable running the show, has been well schooled to look into the post, can make quick starts and stops with the ball to create or handle against pressure and can make shots from the perimeter as well.

Weaknesses:
He needs to continue to get stronger and develop his body, continue to progress into more of a true point guard, and also become more consistent with his jumper, both by eliminating some of the excess movement in his mechanics and also by becoming less streaky.

Bottom Line:
Adams is a very solid southpaw guard who was known as more of an undersized scorer early in his career but has shown a quick learning curve in transitioning into more of a point guard.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/25/2015 8:03:41 PM

Problem is a GW offer has been on the table for a long time and he hasn't pulled the trigger.  Can't blame him for waiting to see if something better comes up, but he's obviously not smitten.  Worked out for both sides with JoeMac who was holding out for a BE offer (Nova?, PC?) which never came.

By: Bo Knows (705 posts) - 8/25/2015 8:06:11 PM

However the timing may work in our favor. If he didn't pick-up additional offers after the open period, he is unlikely to get many until after the high school season assuming he has a strong season. He may not want to roll the dice and wait until Spring with the chance that these offers could be gone by then.

By: BC (1,645 posts) - 8/25/2015 9:12:39 PM

Has anyone ever stated that a High School player didn't need to get stronger?    Just curious.

By: Goo Colonials Go (68 posts) - 8/25/2015 9:20:23 PM

BC, Lebron James maybe? 

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 8/25/2015 9:26:13 PM

BC,

After reading the ESPN Insider scouting reports for a long time - they all kind of read the same --

Needs to get stronger

Needs to develop more consistency with his shot

If he continues to work hard . . .

ESPN is trying to develop a lot of content with a very little work so the safest thing is to say a lot of things that really couldn't be wrong because they're mostly true of everyone. The newer sites that are popular have mostly abandoned even trying to do those kinds of scouting reports. The analysis is getting replaced by sites like Verbal Commits that just tries to track which schools have interest and which have offered. If that information is accurate, it ends up being more relevant to how good of a player anyone is. The other kind of site is like Scout which does more comprehensive rankings which also ends up feeling more relevant than the ESPN canned profiles.

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/25/2015 9:50:15 PM

If you look at Ako Adams verbal committs profile that BM posted at the top, DePaul is the only BCS school that has offered him a scholarship, and GW's program is in a lot better shape than DePaul. In my opinion, the only "negative" for GW is, he could  be joining a crowded backcourt over his first 2 years with Sina, Hart, Roland and Jorgenson. Most of the schools who have offered Ako, can pretty much guarantee him immediate playing time.

The verbal commits link also indicates that 8 BCS schools(which include Georgetown, Stanford, Purdue, Notre Dame and MIami) are interested. Ako Adams is poised to have a big SR year becuase he's going to be the best player on what should be a very good team in an elite league, which could cause a couple of those BCS schools to offer him a scholarship during or after the season.

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/ako-adams 

By: THE DUDE (529 posts) - 8/26/2015 1:48:11 AM

Funny thing is, I am sure some of these other schools look at their own players and think the same thing. We're crowded in the back court! Maybe these schools Ako is also considering have their own mix of D3 recruits incoming under the radar guard recruit/returning reserve G/waiting to play transfers?

Now outsiders looking at GW might say JoeMac graduates, Mitola graduates, KS already transferred, GW makes a great fit for Ako Adams! 

Fortunately we want outsiders like Ako and his family to come to that conclusion,  we don't need our own well meaning but Kool aid drinking fans who now think Matt Hart & others = deterrent to future recruits to feel any differently.  Good lord, Thomas one of our most clear eyed posters and well informed guys on the recruiting scene is now including Hart in the so called crowded back court theory! Maybe we all just read this board too damn much!

Would be helpful at times to get outside perspectives, you see them posted or referenced here from the time to time but we tend to just scoff at how they deviate from some of the board group think and sunny optimism.  How dare some neutral dispassionate interlopers tell us about our program!

I actually think Ako is a great fit, (agree with what MG wrote on the other thread) Not just because he'll have a real shot at PT early in his career, but because a guard who is conditioned to feed the post sounds like a fit in ML's offense.

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/26/2015 7:07:23 AM

Sorry Dude, but I'm also drinking the "Buff and Blue Kool Aid" when it comes to GW's backcourt being set/crowded for the next 3 seasons with the guys in the program now. GW loses McDonald and Mitola after the upcoming season, but I'm convinced that the backcourt of Sina and Jorgenson for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons will be very good. I think Hart will be a capable back-up during his 2 years at GW. But you're right about all of these guys(except McDonald) being somewhat unproven at the moment and the other schools who have offered may be bringing in transfers or have underclassmen who play the same position at Ako Adams too.

 

 

By: Bo Knows (705 posts) - 8/26/2015 10:05:19 AM

Thomas, don't forget about Roland too. That said, Adams would be a good get for GW. Competition is never a bad thing. Nothing says Adams can't come in and move ahead of some other guys. 

Perhaps the larger point is that if Adams doesn't feel like there is playing time at GW given the roster, how the heck is he going to think he can compete for playing time at some of the BCS schools listed as considering him? That said, I am sure that Adams will not be scared away from GW having seen him play and also having seen our guys play so far.

By: BACCAS92 (705 posts) - 8/26/2015 7:52:19 PM

BO knows great points.  Thomas, I agree with you except that Sina is proven because he has time at Seton Hall under his belt. 

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 8/27/2015 12:47:44 PM

As good as we think Sina is (and I am one who thinks he will be VERY good for us, beyond scoring), if Ako is a three star recruit who has confidence in his abilities, he should still look at our future backcourt and see enough opportunities to play and excel, even early in his career.  This is exactly the kind of guy who will help keep our program at a high level, after our current seniors leave.  Sina, The Prince, Roland, possibly Hart, and Adams sounds wonderful to me.

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/27/2015 4:37:07 PM

Don't get me wrong about Ako Adams, it would be huge if GW could sign him, especially during the early period because we could all get an up close view of his SR year, O'Connell has their own youtube page for athletics so we should get lots of videos on him. He'll have the opportunity to outshine some big-time players in the WCAC this year, including a guard who has verballed to Maryland. If he signs/verbals to GW, we should get the same sort of excitement that we had with McDonald and Savage when they were seniors.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 8/27/2015 10:33:43 PM

Your faith in those guys Thomas I find encouraging, as you are surely among the most well informed guys here.  Sina I agree I think is pretty likely to be a good Colonial, maybe even a really good Colonial.

Question is would a recruit looking closely at GW right now be so discouraged from attending 2016/17 because of a perception of no available PT?  The answer is right now I'd suggest a clear no, particularly among the better recruits, many of whom are looking at schools with young already locked in starters at various positions.  Surely not dissuaded by a walk on D3 transfer no matter what we might think of him. GW in contrast has 3 or 4 departing starters, and good deal of unknown entitites.  Even Sina one might say, who struggled some before leaving SH mid-season.

2 questions really.  What do we think of the post 15/16 backcourt, and what would a good recruit deciding to attend GW think of his chances at PT in that backcourt or elsewhere on the floor?
 

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 8/27/2015 10:37:43 PM

/agree with the Other MG.

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/27/2015 11:57:37 PM

The Dude, I just looked at Verbal Commits list of schools that have offered Ako Adams, and GW is one of the schools with the the least amount of guards on scholarship for the 2016-2017 season, Matt Hart is not listed though. DePaul and Old Dominion appear to have just one guard on scholarship for 2016-2017, so they could probably offer the most playing time, if that's what he is looking for. I believe DePaul signed a teammate of Ako Adams at O'Connell who will be a freshman this year, maybe they'll want to play together again.

I've already stated that the post 2015-2016 backcourt should be very good with juniors Sina and Jorgenson as the starters and Sophomore Roland and Senior Matt Hart backing them up. But  Ako Adams could still get minutes and excel with those 4 guys in the backcourt if he's talented enough. If he signs elsewhere, I think GW is still in good shape. Getting one or two of the 2017 local guards(Moultrie, Lykes, Jelani Williams) is the most important, in my opinion.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 8/28/2015 2:35:19 AM

Thomas, good points and info on the recruiting, you're always an excellent source.

I'd like to see one guy on our 2016/17 team who is better than what we saw from PJ last year, that might be PJ himself, or it might be a 2016 recruit.

Any thought our current collection of 16/17 Guards might be a little dimunitive/similar? I'd like to see us seek to sign a few more natural two guards/wings, someone like Saul Phiri. When the offense really clicked in 2013/14, it was with Kethan attacking, drawing fouls, and Creek shooting as a big 2guard/wing.  When Kethan struggled and without Creek, the offense stagnated,  in 14/15 seemed to miss that component and I don't see that we've yet addressed that.  (Sina might be able to play the role that Creek did, albeit he's a good deal shorter)

Lykes has really impressed me when I've been able to watch him.  I'm thinking he might well end up having much higher offers in time, particularly if he grows a few inches.  Of those 2017 locals, anyone have a preference?  How about local area frontcourt players?

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/28/2015 8:36:41 AM

Yeah, the backcourt will be a bit undersized in 2016-2017, but Jorgenson and Sina look to have enough versatility to play both guard spots at times. I'm basing this on the premise that Jorgenson will take a Savage-like leap in terms of minutes and ML's trust in him this year, and will be even better in 2016-2017. I wouldn't expect him to average as many points as Savage did, but he should be a key player in the rotation for the entire season. Also, Roland had a rep as a very good shooter in high school, I'd expect him to be a competent shooter as a sophomore in 2016-2017.

I thought Chris Lykes already had several BCS offers after BM or someone else posted that Miami had offered him, and seeing an article on a Maryland board that indicated that they are interested. I didn't read that article because only suscribers could access it, but they did have a picture of him in the preview. But after looking at his verbal commits page, he has very similar offers to Ako Adams at this point, the only difference is Miami has offered Lykes instead of DePaul, and he has a VCU offer. That shows me that Lykes is still within reach for GW.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/28/2015 8:39:53 AM

Reminder that Lykes is a 2017. 

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 8/28/2015 9:11:59 AM

Of course Adams would have an opportunity to play his way into the rotation as a freshman if he is a strong enough player.  And nobody, myself included, has ever said that he should be scared off by the abundance of guards scheduled to return in 2016-17.  However, with the Dude's constant references to selling the player on having lots of playing time to offer, my belief is that nobody should confuse this situation with 2012-13 when three freshman stepped in and played over 20 minutes a game each and a 4th averaged double figure minutes as well. 

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 8/28/2015 1:31:40 PM

Still, since the Core 3 and Alex are graduating, there is plenty of playing time for a freshman next year.

Let's not mistake this or undersell it. 2016-17 holds a lot of promise to any freshman who can ball and is a team player, no matter what position he plays.

Step right up, gentlemen and grab this unique opportunity to commit to a team with three graduating starters, while it's still available. It's a limited time offer.

The civility of our board discussion depends on you.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 8/28/2015 5:05:34 PM

Agree MV that its not quite 2012/13, but agree more so with BigFan that with the 3 or 4 starers graduating via the Core & Alex departure there's a LOT of PT up for grabs.

Thomas, good points as always.  I'm not as sold that the 2016/17 backcourt will be PJ and Sina.  I like them both, one (Sina) will likely be a starter, but so much can change between now and then. More so, a recruit looking at the team today would not be scared off from picking GW.

  I think the post JoeMac primary PG may well be someone else, a new recruit, maybe Roland, possibly a transfer.  There's room to recruit and play both more of a pure point, and a big athletic Guard/Wing.  

We seem to be getting ever less athletic with our recent recruiting, I'm hoping ML & Staff to look to now inject more athleticism, more foot speed, more hops, guys who can physically match up a little better with at times with more athletic teams. Our best athletes are about to depart, our recent incoming recruit/transfers have been either very thin/and or not exactly hoppy speed merchants.  Surely a defensive minded guy like ML has that on his mind no?

 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 8/31/2015 5:40:50 PM

We made the photoshop list!!!

@UncleAko_: Thankful for all of the schools who have been recruiting me. Here are my Final 6 schools! #Blessed ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’ช http://t.co/pTeWBYKaQO

 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 8/31/2015 5:57:59 PM

I hope his timetable for a decsion is soon. We need some news and hopefully good news

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 8/31/2015 6:45:29 PM

He's already re-tweeted 3 people who have advised him where he should attend college, 2 of them say GW and the other says DePaul.

By: ziik (2,950 posts) - 8/31/2015 6:47:41 PM

I hope he is a legit 6'3", still growing, good, and looking to join up. 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 8/31/2015 6:59:32 PM

I hope his timetable for a decsion is soon. We need some news and hopefully good news

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 8/31/2015 11:54:23 PM

He would be a very important piece of the puzzle for us.  AA, Darnell (if it is right), Marfo or Lull, Toro, and Smith in '16.  Or substitute a stud or two from the list that Bo Knows.  Not obsessing, stressing, or imploding, mind you.  Just Painting a nice picture.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 9/1/2015 12:30:42 AM

Agree and agree MG.

Ako in particular.  Two reasons:

1) A highly regarded PG, the necessary ingredient for every good team.

2) Top notch local recruit.  Local recruits/international combo is what Jarvis built his era's success on. ML turned the program around with his local recruiting/international combo, and ultimately Hobbs was done in by his inability to recruit well enough in the DMV.  Top notch local recruit PG?? Now we'd be talking!  Thomas, I find those retweets rather encouraging!

 

 

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 9/1/2015 1:00:38 AM

MG,

Here's my pretty picture --

Smith;

One of Adams, Darnell, or Vital at PG

One of Painter, Marfo, Toro, or Lull at PF/C

One of the small forwards -- Williams, Golden, or Johnson; and

Matt Hart plays well enough to earn a scholarship for his senior year

By: Mentzinger (3,646 posts) - 9/1/2015 10:26:29 AM

GW's all-DMV team for 21st century would be something like Monroe-TJ-Kromah-Diggs-Akingbade.

Outside them, hard pressed to find evidence we are winning any DMV recruiting battles. International has consistently been a much more successful strategy for GW.

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 9/1/2015 10:48:17 AM

Hobbs was done in by his inability to recruit well enough in the DMV? That's what he was done in by?  Nothing to do with lack of senior-level support as a result of questionable academics and fraudulent prep schools?

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 9/1/2015 10:53:47 AM

uh-oh, here we go. maybe a new thread should be started for "Hobbs' Downfall"

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 9/1/2015 12:00:11 PM

Mike K, this doesn't have to be a big deal.  But saying that Hobbs was done in by his inability to recruit within the DMV is simply a statement that badly misses a point. 

By: thinker (2,825 posts) - 9/1/2015 1:28:05 PM

I agree with MV - Hobbs' downfall had many elements that started with the aftereffect of Omargate.

You could encapsulate the issue into ultimately being his failure to effectively recruit. I think a big part of that was due to the restrictions put on him by the administration and then the extreme turnover of his assistant coaches.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 9/1/2015 3:16:34 PM

Yes MV, done in ultimately by a lack of ability to recruit well enough in the DMV, you are stating what you believe to be the reason for that.  They aren't mutually exclusive statements.  

We surely agree Mentz about the International angle. Its the other half of the equation IMO.

JoeMac BigKev and Kethan could all be on that team.  Surely over Dokun.  When you consider that Shawnta, Chris Monroe, Mike King, Val, TJ, JoeMac, Kethan, Lasan, I'd say DMV Guards have been pretty good to GW, its the Frontcourt where we've struggled to land enough DMV guys no? (and ergo, the International players have filled that role when we're clicking on both cylinders, take away one or both and we haven't)

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 9/1/2015 4:07:54 PM

Actually, they are mutually exclusive statements.  The fact is that Hobbs never focused his energies within the DMV.  He picked up his share of locals (Ricky Lucas, Dokun, Rob Diggs, Lasan) but much of his recruiting was done within the New England area (where he was well-connected), New Jersey, and later in Florida.  The prep schools were to KH what the international pipeline was to Jarvis, a way to get very talented players who the bigger boys were passing on.  When the prep schools dried up, KH became petulant over the school's newly found stance on admitting players (and the lack of public support they afforded him during Omargate).  His effort in recruiting began to wane as a result.  That means he failed to recruit well anywhere (circa 2009), not just in the DMV.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 9/1/2015 4:39:46 PM

I think that's mostly all true MV, agreed. (except the idea they are exclusive, Thinker summed that up well, one begat the other)  That's why I used the word "ultimately" done in by the lack of DMV recruiting.  Once the prep school (some might say bogus prep schools would be more accurate, New England prep schools without the word bogus sound like he was recruiting from Exeter and Andover!) pipeline was shut off, he simply had to do better locally.  He was actually beginning to do some more DMV at the very end, should have done more of it throughout.

I think that highlights why all GW HC's should. Every angle, every edge should be utlilzed (say, Carm's City Rocks currently) but the one constant is this huge pipeline of local talent that GW sits in the epicenter of. Assistants come and go, (some would say shady) pipelines like the Hobbs path come and go, the DMV and International angles remain a constant formula for success. 

By: Bo Knows (705 posts) - 9/1/2015 4:39:56 PM

MV has it mostly correct. Hobbs was not necessarily interested in having a lot of local kids. In fact, all things being equal he liked to recruit kids outside the DMV because they had "less distractions". Omargate was a huge blow to the wider recruiting effort because Hobbs had great connections with a number of schools (as did many other coaches) that were known as the "factories" - produced players with good talent but questionnable or uncertain academics with respect to a school like GW. GW admin. (above athletics) unilaterally imposed very tough rules on Hobbs recruiting in light of Omargate. It was really too bad because Omar earned a college degree at GW and should have been seen as someone worth praising not criticizing. But it didn't matter to some (Board, alums, senior admin.) who were flabbergasted that GW admitted kids without high school degrees. But if you ask me Mo Rice ultimately had more to do with the problems than Omar.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 9/1/2015 4:43:43 PM

...ML's had 7 good players to date in the ML era.  All 7, DMV or International (or both) BigKev, JoeMac, Pato, Kethan, Zeke, Creek, Yuta.

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 9/2/2015 1:43:30 AM

Well, I left a positive and very hopeful thread about Ako Adams 26 hours ago, Thinker counters with a very nice wish list (my response would be "alevai"), and then a hockey game breaks out.......

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