Among the many reasons to be excited about the 2013-14 GW men's basketball season is that the campaign marks the program's 100th season of intercollegiate competition. There could be plenty more reasons (and wins) to celebrate in Foggy Bottom this season with all five starters returning and the addition of a heralded transfer from Indiana. Entering his third season at the helm, Mike Lonergan's Colonials are primed to make a jump in the league and in turn make noise on the national college hoops scene. GW will be led by 6-foot-9 forward and preseason A-10 Second Team All-Conference selection Isaiah Armwood, who paced the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and dunks during an impressive debut season in 2012-13. Armwood averaged 11.9 points, while his 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game were the most for any Colonials player since late legend Yinka Dare in the early 1990s.
Armwood will be surrounded by a trio of rising sophomores who started nearly every game for the Colonials as freshmen in 2012-13 - point guard Joe McDonald, wing Patricio Garino and forward Kevin Larsen. The three second-year standouts are poised to play significant roles not only in 2013-14, but in building success for the program beyond. Add returning sophomore starter Kethan Savage and letterwinners Nemanja Mikic, John Kopriva and Paris Maragkos, and the Colonials have a solid and battle-tested eight-player nucleus capable of competing with the best in the conference and country.