BM9/11/2012 2:57:57 PM
Saw here that he visited GW (in May). Saw here ($) that ML took a trip to NMH a couple of days ago. He's apparently from the UK and trying out for the national U18 team, based in Seattle, lived in NY part-time but currently attending school in MA. Video shows a slowish, thinner version of Paris Maragkos with a nice outside shot. Has also visited Utah from what I can gather.
Dootie Bubble9/11/2012 3:13:21 PM
Isn't she running a car wash in Albuquerque?
TMY9/11/2012 3:42:28 PM
Like / +1 / RT times 1 billion, Dootie Bubble
Free Quebec9/11/2012 5:30:56 PM
I think ML is going to sell Skyler on our Accounting program. No better place than DC to learn how to cook the books.
herve10/11/2012 3:43:40 PM
JP10/11/2012 4:17:09 PM
Wait, is this an AE type recruit or an A10 type recruit?
BM10/11/2012 4:23:13 PM
6-7 face-up walkon hinted in other thread?
BM10/11/2012 8:42:12 PM
Nnamdi Enechionya fits as well. Or someone else completely.
Free Quebec10/11/2012 9:13:08 PM
So I guess he'll be at March Madness
Free Quebec10/11/2012 9:50:07 PM
Correction - Midnight Madness
(or, more accuratel - Quiet Midnight Practice)
kb1/14/2013 10:10:10 PM
Commits to GW per Alex Kline
Murray Hill Colonial1/14/2013 10:10:44 PM
Commits to GW tonight
Waxdaddy1/14/2013 11:06:54 PM
Am I happy?
GW261/14/2013 11:09:17 PM
Not sure if this is big east talent as ML's mentioned gunning for in the past but time will tell. Based on the other thread, looks like ML's got his work cut out for him on the recruiting trail. Better step up his game.
CT Colonial1/14/2013 11:10:29 PM
He's a recruited walk-on, so I'm happy.
Shawnta431/15/2013 1:05:31 AM
adding a player willing to join the team as a walk on, 6' 8" and shoots the 3. Sounds like a great pickup to me. Just as many schollies available now as 24 hours ago...
bobo1/15/2013 1:39:14 AM
Maybe if he plays well and earns some productive playing time at GW, they can find him a scholarship. If not, he's a role/bench player and no harm done or scholarships uses up.
Bigfan1/15/2013 4:21:41 AM
Since he is from England, wonder if Pops connection helped.
herve1/15/2013 7:26:31 AM
Why do I suspect the "Also See" section on this thread will soon show "Chris Fitzgerald".
tk1/15/2013 1:52:54 PM
seems to have family money and not care about scholarship $, just wants to play. sweet
BM1/15/2013 2:04:41 PM
Some highlights from a recent big game here.
herve1/15/2013 2:09:12 PM
Wow! If that was a "big game" I'd hate to see what an average game is like in that league. The opponent was shorter than in those Jonathan Davis videos.
bobo1/15/2013 2:32:36 PM
Final score NMH 90 Deerfield 49. The GW rec league have now been warned that trouble is coming.
ziik1/15/2013 3:29:22 PM
The guy's a proto-Olympian, from a basketball crazed nation, and he shortly will be one of us. Doesn't he get a 30 day era of good feelings until we try to drive him away?
This walk-on thing at least hints there is a master recruiting plan. When the insider sources crowd figures it out, maybe they'll post, so we can see how inside they are. That would be real nice.
BM1/15/2013 3:42:52 PM
Looks like he'll be spending a lot of time in the weight room before he gets to sniff the court. NHM is a very good team this year and they play a national schedule. There are a couple of top recruits on the team (who have been injured recently)
Long Suffering Fan1/15/2013 4:06:37 PM
Hopefully, the "also see"section will link to Dokun Akinbade rather than Chris Fitzgerald.
The MV1/15/2013 4:27:08 PM
Why do I get the feeling that if Jabari Parker had selected GW instead of Duke, there would be way too many of you who would post things like "we've already had a Jabari here and that didn't exactly work out too well."
Let's think of Skyler as a practice player who is not taking up a scholarship. That way, if he turns out to be more than this, we can all be pleasantly surprised together and if not, nobody will ever have any reason to feel disappointed about this.
herve1/15/2013 4:29:41 PM
You're right MV. I'm over-responding. This can only be a postive. There were certainly lots of times in the past when GW couldn't put a practice squad out to start not to mention to scrimmage.
GWAlum20011/15/2013 4:37:34 PM
ML has said in a couple of interviews they plan to recruit walk-ons rather then have try outs. This is a good thing. Now what are we doing with the other scholarship (assuming Nigel signs) and more if the transfer speculation is correct is what worries me.
ziik1/15/2013 4:38:36 PM
There you go, herve.
Alternately, you also can consider him our designated sixth starter, for those "special' situations when we want to stop play on a dime
MV and LSF are on the right track. There's no compelling need to think Skylar is another "Ginger." He's got plenty of time to grow into that, or any of many other possible roles.
The MV1/15/2013 4:50:56 PM
Herve, it's a perfectly fine story on a slow news day. He's not taking up a scholarship. At the same time, nobody is suggesting that we purchase our Final 4 tickets just yet.
maypoman1/15/2013 6:29:44 PM
Why would he come here as a walk-on?
herve1/15/2013 6:36:51 PM
Sounds like he simply liked GW as a school. Go figure!
thinker1/15/2013 6:49:16 PM
Divining who the walk-ons will be is right up there with - who is the team manager going to be this year? Or are we going to get re-designed uniforms this year?
Poog1/15/2013 7:25:58 PM
Lot of better schools "recruit" or lure players with a promise of a "guaranteed" walk-on opportunity. All kind of players want to continue their athletic exploits at the next level but don't always get scholarship offers at the quality of school or program that they are interested in. Recruiting walk-on players is but another sign of an all-in coaching staff trying to do everything to improve the talent level of the program.
Bigfan1/16/2013 4:10:45 AM
Interesting that we have no walk-ons at all this year, unless I am missing someone.
Don't know why ML doesn't also want to hold tryouts. Frankly, a Johnny Lee who could play point guard for five to ten minutes a game would be a huge help this year. Or for those with longer memories, like the Withers brothers who gave good and hard minutes (one even broke his nose I believe scrapping for the Colonials).It's a big school and there may be someone out there who played in high school or internationally and just wanted to come here like Skyler.
Meanwhile, if he is recruiting walk-ons that is great. Dokun was a recruiter walk-on and he became a starter in his senior year who was a pretty solid center.
Great to have Skyler. This school is a perfect fit for him, as someone from the UK (ask Pops). Think he will have a great time and has good size and four years to contribute to the Colonials. Hope he knows how, despite some of our attempts at humor, Colonial fans are truly grateful to have Skyler walk on.
Wicked Tuna1/16/2013 8:45:45 AM
herve, why did I think that I was watching the basketball game from the book "A Separate Peace?"
.... I don't know that I have ever seen a bball highlight on the site before where the opponent was Deerfield.
as a note, Tuna's cousin went to Deefrield and got his Law Degree at the fine campus of GW University.
of course, that didn't keep him from ending up in Cleveland (SAD) .... primarily because cousin's fine and wonderful wife is a DOC at
Case Western Reserve
Which, to me, sounds more like a herve liquor store order than a university.
herve1/16/2013 8:56:29 AM
Now we are veering wildly off-course, but Case Western is a very good school, although I believe this only "known" within the boundaries of the Buckeye state.
Keith Greene1/16/2013 10:51:39 AM
The son of a good friend of mine is a walk-on at the University of Maryland. He was a terrific high school player who blew out his knee in his senior year.
He wanted to go to Maryland, met with the coaching staff (Turgeon and company) and there he is, and very happy.
BM1/28/2013 11:41:18 AM
No new news, buyt some insight into his thought process and GW's recruiting angle.
Fly on the Wall1/28/2013 12:03:08 PM
I am curious about our backup 1 next yr. Are we converting a 2 into a combo, giving more ball handling/set up to Garino, giving Davis a shot st contributing at a different position....my guess has been LK & PG.
BM1/28/2013 12:12:03 PM
I'm guessing the winner between Savage, Nigel Johnson and Kromah.
Wicked Tuna1/28/2013 1:44:46 PM
BM, hah, up to about 2 weeks ago, I would guess that your list was of 3 or 5 current schollie and commits that won't be on the GW roster next year. Maybe we can get Trey Davis back.
Wicked Tuna1/28/2013 1:49:24 PM
Seriously, I'm thinking that if Kromah returns, I would have him spend the offseason playing loads of point. That would be his natural position in the Pros.... especially if he played overseas or even the D league. I have actually liked what I have seen when we go with Garino and Kromah in the backcourt. We won't use it against VCU, but s there may be 3 or 4 more teams that we play where it will cause problems for our opponents.
Tuna Can2/25/2013 11:40:17 AM
Just watched about an hour of game tape against decent competition and we are looking at Mikic with more inside potential. Defended the post fairly well and inverted to arc on O. Decent on break.
ziik2/25/2013 11:49:27 AM
I have two cans of albacore white chunk tuna, the high priced tuna. We used to eat it all the time when I was a kid. Now, it "costs too much." I can't recall what it tastes like. My last celebration was when my car hit 200,000.00 miles. I celebrated with a bottle of Asti, my favorite sparkling non-Champagne, Champagne. Maybe, when I hit 250,000.00, I wil pull out the tuna, with another bottle.
Mikic has no inside potential. How much more is "more?" (Sorry to seem harsh, but I am very disappointed in Mikic. He likely was worth the gamble when he got his scholarship,but I think its the rare shooter who develops in to a player.)
yawle2/25/2013 1:25:55 PM
congrats on the 200,000. I celebrated by getting sugar instead of splenda in my coffee. you the man. also the tuna in oil is so much better taste wise but usu at bottom of grocery aisle.
Free Quebec2/25/2013 1:35:58 PM
Sklyer White has some serious pipes for a walk-on. Check out this video.
Tuna Can2/25/2013 1:42:57 PM
Ziik you are not being harsh, you are just old and cranky like me... Mikic can play in the paint at a prep level.... he even has some rejections, but as a rebounder, he is nothing. If you pull the records, he probably has about as many FTs as Paris. Think about that, for the amount of time that he has the ball. How much better? Who knows--at least for being 4 years younger, a predictable upside is possible. AND he has the shot to take out the no. one team in the land if he gets hot. As a recruited walk-on, that's good, but as a big guy in the paint, he plays on the floor and positions well.... some blocks and some boards
CoachT2/25/2013 2:13:31 PM
I'm an NYAAU coach that knows Skyler, we got beat by the Riverside Hawks, and have watched him play both coasts. You have a serious, well rounded player here with unlimited upside.
The kid is smart, unselfish and makes any team he's plays for better. He's not just a shooter but when he's hot he's unstoppable. He went 30+ when they beat us.
Tuna Can2/25/2013 2:20:54 PM
I second Coach T's point about unselfish-- in the hour of play that I saw, he threw some very nice passes into the paint leading to scores. He isn't Garino and maybe not even as good a passer as Larsen, but he is good! With more strength and maturity will come speed. Thanks CoachT
Bigfan2/26/2013 5:09:54 AM
Thank You, Coach T, for stopping by and letting us know.
We look forward to seeing Skyler in the buff and blue.
And he will enjoy the university, the location and academics, as well as basketball.
GW Fan2/26/2013 8:27:02 AM
I'm surprised it took 50 posts to get a Breaking Bad reference 😉
BM2/26/2013 9:36:42 AM
It didn't. look at post #2
BM2/26/2013 10:50:33 AM
Schedules for NEPSAC tournament and National Prep Championship.
Also appearing at both are Kevin Zabo (Brewster), Gabe Levin (STM) and Josh Hearlihy (NMH).
BM3/6/2013 3:45:59 PM
Getting no box score play since, say, when he commited to GW. Maybe a couple of baskets put together,. Not sure if there is an injury or if a starter came back from injury. Either way, NMH playing in Prep School Championship versus Brewster.
BM4/3/2013 4:09:58 PM
Season highlights. Not bad for a walk-on. Certainly has some flair.
aclub4/3/2013 4:17:57 PM
Well, he'll certainly have the prettiest stroke on the the team. Even better if he can make it out on the floor
NYC GW Hoops4/4/2013 2:26:35 AM
Pure stroke - actually fun to watch. Free Quebec said earlier - some real pipes. This tape shows him against some serious competion. Now I'm interested.
Bigfan4/4/2013 3:55:51 AM
Looks like he can catch-and-shoot, thus potentially being able to get his shot off.
Tuna Can4/4/2013 8:12:41 AM
No. no ... the sky has fallen
BM8/30/2013 8:47:29 AM
ziik8/30/2013 9:04:59 AM
This and other player profiles are posted on GWU's athletic program official site. They are short, but well done, and give a hint at player personalities. Every one I have seen is positive in every way. Someone posted that the production quality is not the best, but I did not notice any flaws. The interviewers are at least as polished as your personal cable news favorites, from the far right or the liberal left. No fluffey headed dyed blonds, though, if that is your preference.
bobo8/30/2013 1:41:27 PM
Kopriva has a real future in front of the camera in TV Sports Jounalism when his playing days are done.
NewGWFan8/30/2013 1:55:40 PM
Skyler sounds like a confident player. Hopefully he can contribute to the team this season in some way.
ziik8/30/2013 2:27:47 PM
Kopriva is indeed damned good. So is The Argentine. And the young guys are far more polished than the freshman geeks I recall from my days of long ago, myself included. I still recall having to give a "speech." Thirty seconds in to it, and I was worn out from mumble mouth.
JP8/30/2013 3:30:35 PM
Very fluid stroke. Pretty nice to have a big who can take their guy outside and open up the lane for slashers. Hopefully his athleticism is there, because he feels like a "European forward" based on what we're seeing.
Poog8/30/2013 4:05:23 PM
Suspect Kopriva's future will follow the career path of Zagardo, Samson, and the Alaskan.
HUH8/30/2013 4:05:44 PM
uh ziik, Kopriva is now a junior. Big difference between a junior and freshman in terms of maturity and confidence.
ziik8/30/2013 4:55:53 PM
The ""young guys" I am referring to though are the interviewees. (You might have guessed that fact from my reference to Kopriva and The Argentine, who together have been the interviewers. I'm hoping, now, the distinction is clear enough.)
I am keenly aware of the passage of time, though maturity is not necessarily a function of aging. Ergo, sophomoric.
Long Suffering Fan9/1/2013 10:54:36 AM
Not meaning to hijack either Skyler's thread or various posters sniping at each other, but, hating to use a tired cliche, everything I have learned about Kopriva, from my occasional brief conversations with him; his reported work ethic, these player interviews he conducts, his team spirit, his scholastic successes, his court intelligence, etc. screams out that he is truly a "credit to the university". Further, based upon my having seen him in the Kenner on 2-3 occasions this past summer, I think this is the year in which he will be an Atlantic 10 quality player, even if it is in a 10-15 minute role off of the bench.
NYC GW Hoops9/1/2013 8:12:29 PM
I have to agree with LSF. Kopriva is a great representative for GW and I hope this is a break out year for him. It would be a great thing for GW and for him. I would really like to see him have a huge amount of success.
If the more prolific posters don't mind, I'd like to add something on Skyler's thread. I indicated a few months back that I think he has real potential. I was disappointed in the reports from the Kenner beginning but I was in DC on business and saw the last games and decided to really take note. He went 4 for 5 from the 3 point line in those games and had 8 asssists. He's an easy player to miss his contribution because he's just not that explosive. (By the way I liked his honesty about getting lighter and faster) But he's smart, and confident. He communicates well on the court and had some great passess.
Although not particularly polished I liked his video as I did all the freshman. I think we have a good group of guys. Skyler appeared to really love the game and is focused on winning. All reports on him is that he is an unselfish team player. I know I'm the Kool-aid drinker but if we can get contributions out of the freshman coupled with our more mature group of upper classmen then we could have very interesting season. I'm hopeful Skyler will be a sleeper that ends of being a hell of a deal for Lonergan.
G-729/2/2013 9:06:41 AM
At the risk of sounding agreeable, could be an interesting season. Next two months are a grind waiting to see what falls into place.
Free Quebec9/3/2013 10:21:06 AM
So if he starts killing other teams with three-point bombs, can we nickname him Skysenberg?
Sauteur9/3/2013 1:51:30 PM
I am the one who knocks down threes!
Future predictor 6/28/2016 12:15:09 PM
I don't like this signing no garuntee he transfers out of Gw to a school in the middle of nowhere after a year or two. He is more of a Idaho level player and I wouldn't be surprised if he transfers there