10. George Washington
2009-10: 16-15 (6-10), 10th
Key Losses: Damian Hollis
Starters Returning (4): Tony Taylor, Aaron Ware, Joseph Katuka, Lasan Kromah
Other Returnees: Dwayne Smith, Herm Opaku, Bryan Bynes
Karl Hobbs still has a job, that’s the big news coming out of Foggy Bottom this spring. The country’s unemployment hovers at around 10% and yet Karl Hobbs is still employed. Countless programs eperienced a turnover at the top, yet GW decided to stick behind its man. Try figuring that one out.
"I cannot be killed."
Kromah, Ware and Taylor will likely be the leaders of net year’s squad, but it will be interesting to see how Joe Katuka will perform in 2010-11. Katuka ended the year on a high note (10/14 vs. La Salle, 13/10 vs. Temple, 15/4 vs. St. Joe’s), and could be a solid option in the middle with increased playing time. A seven-footer with just a semblance of athletic ability can drop a double-double with 25-30 minutes of playing time. I’m going to be following Joey K’s game from a safe distance net year. If he performs well in the early going, epect to hear me chirping about it. If he is the second coming of Chris Alvarez, this conversation never happened.
The Colonials have four starters returning, so it’s clear that the stage is set for an improvement this year. However, I just don’t see it. Even with a ecellent year, an over achievement, it’s highly unlikely that GW could break into the top half of the league. Even with the main cogs coming back, there still doesn’t appear enough talent to make that type of leap.