Preseason Top 20 Reloading: A Look Ahead At 2006

[b][b][u]19. George Washington Colonials[/u][/b] Fresh off the heels of their first-ever Atlantic 10 tournament championship, the boys from Foggy Bottom should control the league from wire to wire in 2006, with 13 or 14 conference victories a distinct possibility. Why? Start it with options. 6-foot-8 power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu has a funny name, but an emerging game. He was told to work on his perimeter game during his NBA waters-testing, so expect him to wander out a bit more to the perimeter in the half-court. He's very capable on the run, and guards like the underrated J.R. Pinnock and Carl Elliott also enjoy getting out in the open court. Sub-six-foot guard Maureece Rice was a legendary scorer in the Philly prep ranks, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's sacred career points mark. Look for him to provide a spark similar to how Pinnock did as last year's A-10 Sixth Man of the Year. Easily overlooked is Mike Hall, a sturdy, steady power forward that just happened to be named the team's Most Valuable Player two seasons ago as a sophomore. Another aspect is that this group chemistry coach Karl Hobbs has fostered as this team enters its third season together. With an rock solid home-court advantage at the Smith Center (20-4 since 2004), this could be the next magical team out of the A-10.[/b]

This is good for the A-10. Now we just have to beat them.

Remember traveling up to GW about three years ago when we played them.