The George Washington Colonials, members of the Atlantic 10 conference, finished their season with a disappointing 9-17 overall record and 5-11 in conference play. Last year Karl Hobbs dismissed three student athletes from the team. Maureece Rice was the first to go. Rice declared for the NBA draft after averaging 15.8 points per game in the 06-07 season and being named Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 tournament. He subsequently changed his mind and returned to play his senior year. In the 07-08 season, Rice’s offense struggled as he stepped into the point guard position for an injured Travis King. His average plummeted from nearly 16 points to less than 10 points per game. Rice served two one-game suspensions in the 07-08 season and was ultimately dismissed by Karl Hobbs in March for failing to adhere to team rules. In the post-season, two other players, junior forward Cheyenne Moore and freshman forward Miles Beatty were also dismissed from the team. Hobbs said the two were dismissed for failing to meet their on and off court epectations.
The loss of Rice, Beatty, and Moore will provide room for GW’s highly touted recruits: Tony Taylor, Matt Allbritton, Aaron Ware, and Dwayne Smith. A healthy Travis King will return to the court to reclaim the point guard position. As a freshman, King averaged 5.7 points and 2.4 assists. Senior Rob Diggs who averaged 13.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks last season will also return to lead the Colonials. In addition, GW will receive offensive support from junior forward Wynton Witherspoon (11.1 ppg), junior guard Damian Hollis (9.1 ppg) and senior guard Noel Wilmore (6.0 ppg).
Maryland will take on the George Washington Colonials on Sunday December 7th at 7:30 in the 14th annual BB&T Classic held at the Verizon Center. GW has beaten MD in the last two BB&T face-offs.