Colonials, Wildcats set for 3:30 p.m. tip on NBCSN
Larsen and Garino Post 17 Point-Efforts in Final Home Game
Colonials will honor Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola prior to taking on George Mason
Colonials and Dukes set to tip off at 7 p.m.
Colonials are seeking their third straight road win and sixth overall this season
GW men's basketball student-athletes discuss the upcoming season at 2014 #GWMediaDay on Oct. 28
GW MBB NIT First Round at Pitt (3/17/15) Photos by Harry Bloomberg
GW MBB Senior Day vs. UMass (3/7/15)
GW Men's Basketball vs. Rhode Island (1/11/12) Photos by George Kubas
GW Men's Basketball vs. VCU (12/4/11)
GW Men's Basketball at Kansas State (12/1/11)
2015 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, is the fourth GW player to earn multiple All-Academic Team distinctions along with Nemanja Mikic (2013-14), Alexander Koul (1996-98) and Yegor Mescheriakov (1997-99) ... Owns GW program record with 128 career games played, surpassing former teammate Nemanja Mikic's 125 games played at the 2015 A-10 Championship ... Named CoSIDA/Capital One Third Team Academic All-American on Feb. 26, the A-10 best 10th Academic All-America selection in GW program history ... Member of Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5+ GPA) and GW’s Athletic Academic Dean’s List (3.0+ GPA) for spring and fall 2014 semesters ... Averaged single-season career-bests of 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in all 35 games started ... Went perfect 7-of-7 from field and 4-of-4 from foul line to match career-high with 19 points in win at Fordham (1/22/15) ... Matched then career-high six field goals en route to career-best 19 points in victory over Longwood (11/26/14).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2013-14
2014 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team ... Voted to CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team on Jan. 30, 2014 ... Named nominee for 2013-14 NABC Allstate Good Works Team on Dec. 3 ... Member of GW's Spring and Fall 2013 Athletic Academic Dean's Lists with 3.0+ GPA, including perfect 4.0 GPA in Spring 2013 semester ... Played in all 33 games for GW, averaged 1.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting (21-48) and 2.5 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game ... Scored season-high seven points in 108-81 rout of Maine (11/12/13), grabbed season-best six rebounds in wins over George Mason (1/25/14) and Fordham (2/8/14)
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012-13
Played in 29 of 30 games with one start, averaged 9.1 minutes, 1.8 points on 42.1 percent (16-38) shooting and 1.6 rebounds ... Made career-best 7-of-8 free throws en route to season-high 11 points in loss at Bradley (12/4/12) ... Recipient of University Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in April 2013 for being in top 2 percent of curriculum based on GPA ... Named GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month in March 2013 for volunteer leadership with Lemonade Day DC and Paul Charter School ... Member of GW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... Member of GW's Spring and Fall 2012 Athletic Academic Dean's Lists with 3.0+ GPA.
AS A FRESHMAN in 2011-12
Started first 17 games of collegiate career, finished with 18 starts in 31 games played as a freshman ... Averaged 2.7 points on 45 percent shooting (38-84) and 2.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game ... Second career double-digit effort with 10 points in victory over Delaware State (12/31/11) ... Made all six field goals en route to career-high 12 points against Bradley (12/15/11) ... Grabbed season-best eight rebounds against nationally ranked #3 Syracuse (12/10/11) ... Luggage lost on first-ever collegiate road trip to #24 California, wore #42 on blue road jersey for three games until luggage was returned on Dec. 3 from China ... Achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point average in first semester as pre-med major, member of GW's Fall 2011 Athletic Academic Dean's List.
Averaged 14 points, six rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 58 percent as a senior last season at Milwaukee's Marquette High School under coach David Cooks. Kopriva helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 16-8 record last season and a combined record of 53-20 (.726) during his three seasons on the varsity. A three-year varsity starter, Kopriva has been named Team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year at Marquette H.S. He also has been named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association 2011 All Star and All-Academic Team and was twice-named First Team All-Conference in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. He helped lead the Hilltoppers to the Division 1 State Semifinals as a junior year and the Conference title as a senior.
A two-sport star at Marquette H.S., Kopriva also played quarterback for the Hilltoppers' football team. On the gridiron, he led the squad to a 10-3 record--including a 10-game win streak--that ended in the state semifinals.
Born December 9, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ... full name is John Michael Kopriva ... son of John and Angela Kopriva ... has two younger brothers, Joe (15) and David (11) and a younger sister, Katherine (13) ... plans to attend medical school and would like to become an orthopedic surgeon ... started his own landscaping and snow removal business ... plans to major in a pre-medicine curriculum.
|CAREER HIGHS (Through 2014-15 Season)|
|Points||19 (2x)||last at Fordham (1/22/15)|
|Rebounds||9||at Richmond (2/21/15)|
|Assists||2 (5x)||last vs. St. Bonaventure (2/25/15)|
|Blocks||4||at Richmond (2/21/15)|
|Steals||2 (2x)||last at George Mason (1/25/14)|
|Minutes||34||at Richmond (2/21/15)|
|Field Goals Made||7||at Fordham (1/22/15)|
|Field Goals Attempted||11||vs. Rhode Island (A-10's, 3/13/15)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Made||2 (4x)||last vs. Massachusetts (3/7/15)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Attempted||4||vs. Rhode Island (A-10's, 3/13/15)|
|Free Throws Made||7||at Bradley (12/4/12)|
|Free Throws Attempted||9||vs. Longwood (11/26/14)|
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