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Old 12-11-2013, 11:36 AM   #46 (permalink)
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I don't know Lonergan's history, but I would imagine it's somewhat different from Hewitt's, who was recently paid $7M to not coach GT.
Lonergan was a pretty clear choice for GW because of his local ties. He is from around here with ties to a lot of the local HS coaches. He was head coach at Catholic University, where he won the DIII national championship, then he went to Maryland for 1 year as an assistant, before taking the head coaching job at Vermont. He made I think 4 postseasons at UVM.

He's known as a really good Xs and Os coach, but he's not a warm and fuzzy guy or a salesman or a media-charmer, which could make it hard for him to move up to a bigger program (besides Maryland) even if he wins big.

LSF is right, though, that last year, many GW fans were saying the same things in year 2 that many Mason fans are saying now.

That said, the Hewett hire did surprise me. He had some good, athletic teams at Siena but i recall those teams being very inconsistent. Then, he recruited a ton of talent to Georgia Tech, but didn't do that much with it (other than the final 4 run with the previous coach's recruits).

My sense is that to have the team you want, he has to rebuild the roster to be stronger and more fit for the upgrade in competition. Not that most A-10 teams can match Oklahoma's muscle, but I was at the game for part of the game and George Mason's players seemed just physically outmanned by the sooners. I don't think there's much Hewitt could do about that besides rebuild the roster with bigger, better athletes.

That said, I don't think Mason is going to be overwhelmed in their first year in A-10 play. They have some decent pieces, including guards who can get hot and some depth on the wings.

The one thing I think Hewitt struggles with is disguising his team's weaknesses, which is often the mark of a good coach. I think other ACC teams often exploited that at Georgia Tech, and perhaps that's why the CAA season was a disappointment last year?

The other thing that has hurt him is that Eric Copes is close to a bust. So much hype in HS - there were GW fans who wanted Hobbs retained specifically so Copes would come, though by the end of his senior year, it was apparent that he has little offensive talent. I know he showed flashes of breaking out last year, and he was suspended early this year, but having him be even more aggressive and more of a force at both ends (even if only garbage buckets and drawing fouls on offense) would make a huge difference. It's very hard for those guards to find room with defenders able to both stay around the basket and cheat off Copes.

Lastly, the other problem with Hewitt's teams is that they don't pass well. Going back to 2003 (as far back as Pomeroy has stats), his teams have never been in the top 100 in assist%, even with guys like Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum. His teams rely heavily on one on one play and creating mismatches, which only works if your team is athletically superior at multiple positions.
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Lastly, the other problem with Hewitt's teams is that they don't pass well. Going back to 2003 (as far back as Pomeroy has stats), his teams have never been in the top 100 in assist%, even with guys like Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum. His teams rely heavily on one on one play and creating mismatches, which only works if your team is athletically superior at multiple positions.
This, in a nut shell, is the biggest problem with Mason basketball right now. We're recruiting some athletic freaks, though, so hopefully it's enough.
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I would expect the Crews seat to grow exponentially hotter over the next 2 years.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:14 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I would expect the Crews seat to grow exponentially hotter over the next 2 years.
LOL well if your theory is that his seat isn't hot now and sooner or later the seat picks up heat for everyone then you are correct.

However at this point he seems to be doing fine and is recruiting well and has assembled a nice staff. My guess is that he retires in 6 years regardless of whether his seat is hot or not. Of course i prefer the later.
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Coach Hewitt is our coach and it's about time we support him and our team under these trying circumstances. This team isn't out of it yet and it's important that we stand up for our program because I'm sick of these CLOWNS asking for coach HEWITT head. I believe the defence is playing better and the offence is finding their identity so if you think this team is going to give up and not represent the GREEN n GOLD with all their heart and soul.....then you are wrong. I'm all in 100% with this team and the coaching staff so if you're all in then support this team and stop asking for coach HEWITT head. Anyone can be a couch coach but can you really coach?

Ps: I'm not a coach but I would like to see a larger starting back court going into the A10(Allen,Wright and Gray). If Wright commit to playing D the way Allen and Gray are playing D then this back court could compete with any back court in the A10. George Mason will need size in the back court to compete and our BIGS(Williams,Cope) have to give us something...PLEASE because our BIGS aren't giving us nothing. Cope and Williams aren't scorers....just get in the BLOCK and get some rebounds because if you guys(Cope and William) don't provide any interior presents then our season is a WASH. Cope and William get your AZZ's in the BLOCK and attack that ball coming off the rim like someone stole something from you. LET's GO.....GREEN n GOLD. It's us against the WORLD because no one expect you(team) to do anything so let's go all out like a runaway train going down hill. It's all about TEAM...not the fans and not the media...TEAM ONLY. PLAY FOR EACH OTHER....F**K everyone but TEAM.

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I wonder what we're going to say about this list at the end of the year.

My personal opinion on a couple guys is actually less secure than the consensus.
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I wonder what we're going to say about this list at the end of the year.

My personal opinion on a couple guys is actually less secure than the consensus.
Like who?
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Jim Crews for one.

I'm kind of a hothead, but if I were in position, I might have fired him after losing at home to a MVC school.

In reality, that would not happen.
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Jim Crews for one.

I'm kind of a hothead, but if I were in position, I might have fired him after losing at home to a MVC school.

In reality, that would not happen.
Crews probably will be gone once all of the Majerus recruits are gone, maybe a year or two later.
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If they don't tank I don't see them getting rid of Crews.

Let's face it, outside of the past 6 seasons, SLU basketball has been mediocre at best. If Crews wins 18+ games, will whoever is in charge really want to upend the program for the second (third?) time in a decade?
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If they don't tank I don't see them getting rid of Crews.

Let's face it, outside of the past 6 seasons, SLU basketball has been mediocre at best. If Crews wins 18+ games, will whoever is in charge really want to upend the program for the second (third?) time in a decade?
They will in short order. Like I said in another thread, one missed tournament and the heat goes way up.
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When did this wave of change come over the program? It took Majerus years to get the Billikens into the tournament.

Back to back tourney appearances means SLU should be a yearly contender? The ability to stay atop the A10 has never been an easy task, and none of the schools still in the league have been able to do it. Only Temple and X did, and they're gone.
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When did this wave of change come over the program? It took Majerus years to get the Billikens into the tournament.

Back to back tourney appearances means SLU should be a yearly contender?
Absolutely.

Part of the problem with this program is they were happy with mediocrity. The money's coming in now from people who aren't.
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Absolutely.

Part of the problem with this program is they were happy with mediocrity. The money's coming in now from people who aren't.
I'm not saying that shouldn't be the ideal as a fan, but that's NEVER been the case historically with the program, given how long coaches were at the helm without ever turning it around.

Just sayin'.
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Bumped Crews up 1.
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