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2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the
opening day of the 2004-05 Season.
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#33 George Washington Colonials
2003-04: 18-12, 11-5, 3rd
2003-04 postseason: NIT
The Colonials were on a roll
before losing four of their last six games a season ago including a
thrashing at the hands of Xavier in the A10 tourney and a first round loss
to Virginia in the NIT. Neither of those games were very pretty, but GW
returns five starters and all eight players that averaged over ten minutes
per game. Head coach Karl Hobbs will have his squad ready to win the big
games this time around.
Who’s Out: Forward Tamal
Forchion played in 26 games last year as a senior averaging 3.6 points and
1.7 rebounds. He won’t be tough to replace with a whole host of players
looking to take on a bigger role. Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall and Omar
Williams are proven forwards, while Alexander Kireev, Jaz Cowan, Dokun
Akingbade, Wesley Green and Rock Battistoni will all have to fight for more
minutes off the bench in the crowded George Washington frontcourt. Guard
Greg Collucci has also run out of eligibility. Collucci saw action in 27
games, averaging 3.4 points in 8.1 minutes per outing.
Who’s In: The only newcomer
is Maureece Rice. The 6-1 guard will add more depth to a solid backcourt.
Rice will have to compete with Ricky Lucas and Lafonte Johnson for time off
the bench. Senior T.J. Thompson is the leader of the backcourt, but a pair
of talented sophomores will see more minutes this year. Swingman J.R.
Pinnock and point guard Carl Elliott should stay on the floor limiting the
amount of time the newcomer should see. Rice will get his chance early
though. He is an explosive shooter and can rack up some huge numbers if
given the opportunity.
Who to Watch: T.J. Thompson
led the team in scoring last year with 13.2 points. He also managed 2.5
rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per outing. Thompson will have to be
the senior leader of the backcourt with Pinnock and Elliott still being
relatively inexperienced. Thompson has started at the point since he
arrived in DC, but with Elliott on the floor as well, there are multiple
ball-handlers that are also scoring threats. Thompson is the only projected
starter that is a senior. He’ll feel the pressure of leading a team with
high expectations, but the senior leader shouldn’t have a problem leading GW
back to the big dance.
Projected Conference Rank:
With St. Joe’s and Xavier losing tons of talent, this is George Washington’s
year to regain their prominence of the 90s. The frontcourt is deep and the
backcourt is talented. An opening match against Wake Forest in the
Preseason NIT should show how talented GW will be, but even a bad loss to
Wake won’t diminish the expectations of the Colonials. A 1st
place finish in the A10 will keep George Washington atop the Atlantic 10 for
years, but more importantly get GW back to the big dance for the first time
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