Favorite Colonial Basketball Player of All Time (No Dude Allowed Please)
Maine Colonial
 4/8/2016 9:04:42 AM      Replies: 55

Maine Colonial4/2/2016 7:22:18 PM

I didn't get to see him play but my favorite player in GW basketball history is Kevin Peter Hall. He chose GW so he could also do theater with his coach's blessing. He only averaged about 4 points a game but he must have been pretty amazing as a 7'2" Mikado in The Mikado. And he got to hang out with Courteney Cox after she left Mount Vernon to launch her acting career when she was in her prime during the filming of The Misfits of Science. What a tragedy that his life was cut short by AIDS after a bad blood transfusion following a car accident. There have been dozens of better basketball players at GW over the years, but I don't imagine there have been too many nicer guys.

BC4/2/2016 7:34:32 PM

My 4'11" girlfriend was a good friend of his.  Funny to see them together.  A very nice guy.   Had his very own built-in reverberation system with his voice.

Old School Colonial4/2/2016 7:57:10 PM

Kevin evolved to become a pretty good center by the time he was a senior. If I recall correctly, he had a really good game against MD that year. It's hard to pick a single favorite because there have been so many great guys that came through the program. I got interested in following GW because of Ronnie Nunn, Walt Szczerbiak, and Mike Battle who were all fun to watch and really good people. Over the years we had a lot of others, some not household names... Mike Brown, Mike Zagardo, Mike Hall, Mike King, Tom Glenn, Clyde Burwell, Dirk Surles, Kwami Evans, Pops, Yegor, Shawnta, on and on. If I have to make a choice, I go wiith Pato. I think he is THE RaiseHigh guy.

 

JAE4/2/2016 7:58:52 PM

Opening play at MD Kevin slams. We end up winning!

Wax Daddy4/3/2016 12:06:02 AM

LOL thread name is hilarious. Robb Diggs was my first favorite cause he had the Swag it-factor (I graduated 2011 so didn't know the team with Pops as well). Larsen's up there, and Cav is working his way in as well.

Long Suffering Fan4/3/2016 11:46:36 AM

Shawnta.   

The Dude4/3/2016 11:47:15 AM

Shawnta

Dude Fan4/3/2016 12:00:07 PM

My favorite Player was Tony Taylor. He was always under pressure and was tough as anyone I've ever seen play for us until Joe McDonald. But in my opinion, Tony was better under pressure than Joe.

The MV4/3/2016 12:21:59 PM

What part of No Dude Allowed Please is unclear to you?

The Dude Apparently Doesn't Abide.

Rich Maier4/3/2016 12:36:23 PM

My favorite player is Pat Tallent. He and Keith Morris formed the best GW backcourt since 1968. They were so solid fundamentally it was a joy to watch them play. We should have been invited to the NIT one year but in the early mid-70s we were lowly GW.  Interesting to note quite a few posters arrived mid to late 60s. 

MV, I agree. The Dude may have an out. Title reads 'Dude Not Allowed Please'. But he is The Dude not Dude. So to clarify  'The Dude Not Allowed Please'. 

Old School Colonial4/3/2016 1:17:17 PM

Pat Tallent and Keith Morris were a part of one of our greatest recruiting classes ever. With Clyde Burwell, Haviland Harper, and Bob Shanta we had a great Freshman team (in those days there was still no eligibility for Frosh). I remember going to many games at Fort Myer early to make sure we could watch these guys demolish most of our competition. You are spot on about Pat and Keith being the best guard combo. You don't hear a lot about Keith, but when Pat went down with an injury and sat out a year, we got to see how really good Keith was.

JWF4/3/2016 1:26:45 PM

I think you can argue that pound for pound Shawnta is the greatest ballplayer of all time. #s at 5'4" are riduculous. Best dunkers were Steve Perry or Oscar Wilmington and Pops

Alumnus4/3/2016 1:44:09 PM

Shawnta is like The Beatles, or asking who the MVP was when Michael Jordan was in his prime.   

I'd go with Chris Monroe.  Nobody ever played bigger or tougher for  teams that were never going to get anywhere close to the Big Dance.  I remember John Chaney, who knew what a tough player was, saying something like "I'd go to war with him."   Mike Hall is next.  A guy who just delighted in the opportunity to shut down the opposition's best scorer, who could've probably scored 18 ppg if we needed it, and he did it over stretches when Pops was out a couple of times,  but was the ultimate team player. 

The Dude4/3/2016 1:56:56 PM

Paul Jorgensen 

Dude Fan4/3/2016 2:06:34 PM

Dude, are you serious?  I thought you weren't a huge PJ fan.  From your #1 Fan.

JPW4/3/2016 2:09:21 PM

My favorite "not star" players were Alex Krivinos and Vaughn Jones.  Krivinos was the worst offensive player I have ever seen in Division 1 basketball, but the best defender I have ever seen.  Vaughn Jones didn't do anything great, but everything well, and had fantastic court awareness.  Arguably doesn't meet the definintion of "not star", but is a guy worth remembering.

Boston Colonial4/3/2016 2:12:04 PM

Vaughn Jones because I knew the  GW program had arrived when we recruited a kid from DeMatha.  All he did was win.

GW874/3/2016 2:16:16 PM

Mike Hall

BACCAS924/3/2016 2:22:06 PM

Shawanta Rodgers.  Hands down. 
 

LT4/3/2016 2:57:28 PM

Rich and Old School, totally agree with you on Pat and Keith. Unquestionably the best backcourt in GW history.  Pat averaged 23 points per game before the 3 point shot while shooting 53% from the floor. One of the best shooters I have ever seen and unfortunately practice against. Don't forget that John Holloran was the third guard he of 38 against Maryland (Lucas, Davis et al) the following year.

Mike Brown was also a formidable force for GW long ago.

JAE4/3/2016 3:15:44 PM

Shawnta

ELJ4/3/2016 3:19:26 PM

For me it's a combination of Joe Holup's skill/performance and Corky Devlin's personality.

Geno4/3/2016 6:13:14 PM

Pops

Mike K4/3/2016 6:27:39 PM

Nut

DC Native4/3/2016 7:18:26 PM

Kwame Evans

Buff and Blue '824/3/2016 7:23:54 PM

Yegor

Steveg2024/3/2016 7:29:41 PM

Shawnta.  

The team wanted the ball in his hands in critical moments.  He could bring the ball upcourt and beat any press, drive, pass or shoot.  He rarely made errors and improved under pressure.  Honestly, if Darnel is 3/4 of his father GW fans are in for a real treat.  Here are two advantages of playing so small:  (1) other teams aren't used to playing against a 5'3" player which will work in our favor when we're presssed or the ball is loose near the floor and (2) refs will give Darnell the benefit of the doubt on fouls when going against much taller players in collisions/open ball grabs.  

 

MLNLAW4/3/2016 7:47:12 PM

Mike Jones and Andrew Dixson.

Mike was tough as hell.  If I needed to walk down a dark alley I'd want him there.  Probably still to this day.  A damn shame his knees held him back.  He could jump through the roof as a high school senior.

Drew is my favorite Colonial lawyer hooper.  A loyal guy with a big heart.

 

dmvpiranha4/3/2016 8:29:12 PM

Maybe not favorite but definitely up there is Maureece Rice, who was coming off the bench no less. That team was LOADED. Not to mention that time he crossed up LeBron James (granted he missed the shot, but still):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraTM2CCPgU

Carolina colonial4/3/2016 9:12:47 PM

Chris Monroe Chris Monroe Chis Monroe.  Trifecta

squid4/3/2016 11:42:17 PM

Oh man, so many to choose from. Shawnta has to be number 1, but also loved Mike Hall! Do it all and a cool guy. Pops, Yegor, Carl Elliott, TJ Thompson, Damian Hollis, Rob Diggs, Chris Monroe (my first GW jersey) so many others.

RKelley4/4/2016 12:34:00 AM

I've loved GW basketball so long, I have a tier of players I really like. Joe McDonald is my favorite player of all time. His game intelligence, spirit, toughness, quiet-leadership, and military background all speak to me. Just a great player who, even when he was physically worn down, still found ways to contribute on big nights. When he had his legs under him, he was one of the top offensive point guards in the game from 2012-14. After his hip and knee issues, he slowed down these past two seasons, but he still was an excellent defender and rebounder, had an excellent eye for the open man, and he never made mistakes. The putback for the win against Dayton was just awesome.

Huge Garino fan as well. His defense and athleticism was great to watch, and he and Joe were a dynamic duo.

Mitola was such a smart and underrated player. When he finally got more  minutes and established a role, this team took off. His play in the postseason--even aside from the Hofstra game--is a big reason why this team was so dominant. A great player and leader. I started off doubting him, and he turned into one fo my favorite players of all time.

Matt Hart, I can't wait for this kid to get a long look next year. What a baller. D3 underdog is sort of like a Brett Gardner or Shane Victorino in baseball. Guys who were overlooked their whole lives for their physical appearance, who have a winner's heart and some special gifts. He has a top-tier jump shot with artillery range, speed, leaping ability and great toughness. Give him 20-30 minutes next year, shut the doubters up, and watch him post a 120 ORTG and a 44% 3P%.

From years past, it's Mike Hall and Carl Elliott. Elliott was a very underrated guard on a team of athletes. His super-clutch play in the Charlotte game was amazing, and was still the best game I've ever seen. Joe Mac reminds me a lot of him. Hall was one of the smartest players I've ever seen in the NCAA and was such a dynamic and efficient offensive player.

Obviously, I'm also a big fan of Larsen and Cavanaugh, as well as Armwood. Had Taylor and Kromah played for teams I could stomach--or for a coach that wasn't a checked-out Hobbes-they'd make my list. Each of them were smart, dynamic players.

The Dude4/4/2016 12:49:41 AM

RK, another knockout post. Very similar thoughts on all of those guys.

Really great memories of Yegor. Of COURSE Shawnta is my #1, but Yegor rocking the Smith Center in 98-99 going toe to toe with James Posey and a LEGIT Xavier team.  The energy in that building was fantastic and Yegor and Posey both had an exchange of thunder dunks which was pretty great to watch. Yegor was very fun to watch.

That entire stretch from 95-99 was fantastic stuff.  Got to play with all of those guys in the Smith many many times, it was a lot easier to do in the 90s, fewer restrictions I think on student/player interactions and Lerner was not yet built... Really great stuff, they are all legit great humans, on and off the court.  Great ambassadors to the program and GW generally.

Then came Penders and Hobbs ....not exactly the Jarvis years on and off the court.  But man those 90s were fun times

The Dude4/4/2016 12:55:05 AM

Oh, they also just hung out with students, J Street, parties, etc. Al Roma was actually a good friend, a better friend than GW player but a fantastic guy.  Shawnta, Yegor, Mike King, Koul, Pat Ngonba, etc etc all just fun nice guy who happened to be really good at hoops and except for Nut insanely tall and large! Although Nut had maybe the strongest hands a man under 5'6 has ever possessed! That guy would have been an insane wrestler, or basically any sport he chose.  He is absolutely the John Lennon of GW which makes Red of course.... Sinatra/Elvis.

doug sandels4/4/2016 12:37:41 PM

Gotta go with Mike Hall edging out Big Shot Carl.

doug sandels4/4/2016 12:39:08 PM

The Dude, you might be the first guy on the board who could answer this.  I vaguely remember a game in 2000-01 when Roma was injured and couldn't play because he had "facial lacerations" allegedly from cutting his head on a light fixture in a classroom.  Do you have any recollection of this?

doug sandels4/4/2016 12:44:01 PM

squid, glad to see Hollis get a mention.  I always thought that he was Omar v2.0 but had the unfortunate problem of being surrounded by a bunch of clowns rather than Omar's teammates. 

Also, should definitely throw Omar some love here.  I remember some bitter threads about him back in the day when he was asked to do things he couldn't, but he was such a weapon in the high post (and, for the millionth time...... he was the absolute key to what should have been KH's successful game plan that would have beaten Duke if the refs had called the 3 fouls Sheldon Williams committed the first four minutes when Omar beat his man off the dribble and challenged him in the paint).
 

24.96.15.1394/4/2016 5:02:55 PM

Need to also call out Yinka Dare who was the most dominant big man we ever had. Left GW too early though (wish he could have stayed longer and polished up his game).

Bo Knows4/4/2016 5:42:17 PM

Shawnta would be first.

After that players like Vaughn, Kwame, Pops, Mike Hall, Yegor, Chris Monroe, TJ Thompson, and more recently Joe, Tyler.

Since '994/4/2016 6:21:48 PM

Chris Monroe because i got to see his entire career. Still one of the nicest guys out there. 

Shawnta because i was a ball kid when he hit that shot against Xavier. Incredible.

Jason Smith because he could jump out of the building and he was super nice as well. 

Pops because he dunked harder than anyone ever in the history of time

Bernard Barrow. He was my counselor at GW kid basketball camp and he taught me so much about the point guard position. He gave me his practice jersey that i wore to the NIT! Plus he dropped 17 on UMD. 

and lastly..............THE PEOPLES CHAMPION MARK LUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

too many to choose from. notables: Mo Rice and Mo Creek, Omar!!! Mike King, Yegor,  the list just goes on and on

The Dude4/4/2016 6:42:33 PM

Doug, haha no I have no recollection of that, but I can ask Al Roma, as we remain in touch, about the veracity of that story. Visited him overseas about 8 years ago for a stop off on a Spain/Italy trip with an ex.  

I've got a great pic of Al at my New Hall Dorm Day in  late Aug 2000 with the 5 of us dudes all about 5'11ish and to the far left is 7 foot Al having to duck to move around certain parts of New Hall.  He was a good dude, I am sure PJ is too, sometimes really good dudes are not good recruits, its all about talent.

 

The Dude4/4/2016 6:49:29 PM

Oh, and 1 word about Barrow.  A Gem of a human, one of the nicest guys I've ever met that played for GW. still in slight contact with him too. I've said it before, but worth repeating, most of these guys are legit nice guys.  A few exceptions of course who I won't mention in writing. Just like any quarter of life really, 90% good guys. Some, true gems.

 

MLNLAW4/4/2016 6:53:25 PM

Mike Jones and Andrew Dixson.

Mike was tough as hell.  If I needed to walk down a dark alley I'd want him there.  Probably still to this day.  A damn shame his knees held him back.  He could jump through the roof as a high school senior.

Drew is my favorite Colonial lawyer hooper.  A loyal guy with a big heart.

 

Fire Karl Hobbs 4/4/2016 6:57:11 PM

cheyenne moore obv 

gw86intexas4/5/2016 10:02:52 AM

used to love and go see Mike Brown back in the mid 80's

Tim44/5/2016 10:05:52 AM

My faves were the Mikes

Mike King when I got to school

Mike Hall when I left

 

Geno4/5/2016 1:24:15 PM

I'm only 25 but I feel like Pops really put GW on the national stage- more so than any other player. What other player got a segment on College Gameday that was replayed tirelessly on Sportscenter? His game and his name commanded media attention.

Honestly, as a kid growing up in Des Moines I don't know if I would have ever considered attending GW if it weren't for the SVP shoutouts to Pops every night when I was a sophomore in high school. That's why Pops is my favorite.

notta hater4/5/2016 1:34:40 PM

Rodney Patterson playing in the sweet 16 was my favorite player in his favorite shining moment.

Bill-DC4/6/2016 11:48:20 AM

I asked Ben who his was and he pondered it a bit and his reply was Isaiah Armwood. He and I have been watching the team consistently for four seasons now. He is 10 years old. He said he was torn between Armwood and Joe McDonald.

I was born/raised Maryland fan and Juan Dixon is my all time favorite but I remember Bill Brigham from the '93 run, he was one of my GW faves.

 

90s NYC Alum4/6/2016 12:46:32 PM

I was going to say Kwame, but for everything he went through from 1-27, to beating cancer and coming back, totally agree re: Rodney Patterson.

Old School Colonial4/7/2016 10:48:58 PM

If you're wondering, I think a glitch caused someone to post under my name by mistake (not complaining, my post count had fallen woefully low). Those of you who know me were surely surprised to learn that I used to attend games at Fort Myer! I'm more of a Shawnta/Kwame era fan.

69.140.33.2174/8/2016 3:55:57 AM

Ronnie Nunn  was the best shooter I ever saw.  Too bad no three point line. The Gunn!

Long Suffering Fan4/8/2016 8:11:55 AM

Geno...I understand that as a younger fan, you would appreciate Pops and what he did for the program, but the player that put us on the map before Pops was about 10 -12 years earlier, namely Yinka Dare.   Yinka never fully developed an offensive game much beyond catch the ball...dunk the ball", but what an interior defender...a rebounding and shot blocking machine who would allow us to dominate inside game after game.    As for Kwame...loved the guy also, but if someone was to ask me quick...what did Kwame do to establish himself, I have a hard time getting past the 6 for 6 from the 3 as a frosh in the NCAA game.   I suspect that in the next few years, when someone mentions all time favorites, both Pato and Tyler may come to mind.     

Tennessee Colonial4/8/2016 8:49:02 AM

And Ronnie was a top 100 recruuit.

The Dude4/8/2016 9:04:42 AM

Kev and Pato have joined my list already.  No NCAA wins but what a 4 years from both guys. TC's JR year was a legit all time great single season, can't wait to see what he pulls off as a SNR!

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