When I heard of the visit this weekend, I was truly hoping we would be able to wrap this up quick as once again it seems like our recruiting is going back to finding the hidden gems, that seem to fall through the craks until the end of their time in high school (Copes of course excluded, as he has been committed for quite some time). To beat out BCS programs like Florida St. and Auburn is not only impressive, but it is yet another reminder that the chance for more playing time and to make a name for yourself in a league like the A10 and a city like D.C. are the NUMBER ONE way to recruit talented players in any area and at any position.
All I can think of now is with Taylor, Davis and Bynes at PG, Kromah, Mikic, Smith, Ware and J. Davis to split time at the 2 and 3, and using Pellom, Copes and a bit of Warren for the post positions, this team has turned itself into a formidable force on paper. If you think the opening game lineup would be Taylor, Kromah, Mikic, Pellom and Copes, Than it gives us the chance to bring a scoring point guard Davis off the bench, a defensive guard in Bynes off the pine as well as strong role players like Smith, Ware, J.Davis and even Warren to give us solid minutes.
The bottom line is this team must perform at a high level, and if the schedule is as strong as is being advertised, the early season excuses must be at a minimum as the talent level that exists within GW is that of a potential NCAA tournament team, or at worst an NIT caliber squad. There can be no stagnant offense or leaks in a stupid trap defense...this team must finally learn from the past years of losing and come to play from the start of the season, and I hope Hobbs and Co. are prepared to be coaching for their jobs on a nightly basis.
That said, I think just about everyone can agree that this is just one, in a number of promising signs, that in a cyclical sport like College Basketball, GW is on the way up.