Watanabe Erupts for Seven of Colonials' Season-High 14 Threes
GW Player Recognized on List for Third Straight Year
Annual Commencement on National Mall Highlights Weeklong Activities
Junior Moves on to National Academic All-America Ballot
Colonials Outscore Pride, 40-24, in Second Half to Improve to 11-1
GW Men's Basketball vs. La Salle (2/29/12)
GW Men's Basketball vs. Saint Joseph's (2/18/12)
GW Men's Basketball vs. VCU (12/4/11)
GW Men's Basketball at #24 California (11/13/11)
2014 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection, 13th player in A-10 history and third from GW (Mescheriakov, Koul) to earn All-Academic honors three times ... Member of GW's Spring and Fall 2013 Athletic Academic Dean's Lists with 3.0+ GPA ... Finished career at GW fifth all-time in program history with 187 career three pointers ... Averaged 4.8 points in 16.5 minutes over 33 games, made four starts ... Second on team with 40 three pointers ... Went 7-of-12 behind arc, averaged 12.5 points in 14.0 minutes in two A-10 Championship games ... Reached double-digit scoring for first time since Dec. 4 with three 3-pointers and 11 points against Duquesne (2/5/14) ... Hit four 3-pointers for third time this season en route to 14 points in 19 minutes off bench in victory over Rutgers (12/4/13) ... Hit 6-of-8 shots, including 4-of-5 three pointers, to lead GW with 16 points in victory over Miami (Fla.) in Wooden Legacy quarterfinal.
AS A JUNIOR AT GW IN 2012-13
Voted to Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team for second straight season, joins GW alumni Yegor Mescheriakov (1997-99) and Alexander Koul (1996-98) as mulitple selections ... Named to CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team ... Averaged 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12.9 minutes in 30 games played ... Led GW with 23 three-pointers (23-70) ... Matched season-high with eight points - all in first half - in victory at Rhode Island (1/23/13) ... Also netted eight points in season's first two games against Youngstown State (11/10/12) and Boston University (11/17/12) ... Completed undergraduate degree in finance and graduated in just three years in May 2013 ... Member of GW's Spring and Fall 2012 Athletic Academic Dean's Lists with 3.0+ GPA.
AS A SOPHOMORE AT GW IN 2011-12
12th player in GW program history to earn Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team honors. GW program ranks second all-time in A-10 with 12 All-Academic Team selections ... Averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 31 games played with 26 starts ... Led GW with 51 made three pointers (51-143) ... Made season-high five three-pointers en route to season-high-tying 19 points in career-high 35 minutes against Xavier (2/1/12) ... Posted season-highs of 33 minutes, four three-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, added 12 points at Fordham (1/28/12) ... Reached double figures in consecutive games for first time this season with team-high 13 points at La Salle (1/25/12) ... Made three 3-pointers - most in 12 games - in 7-of-11 performance for season-high 19 points in victory over Charlotte (1/21/12) ... Scored 13 points and grabbed season-high seven rebounds in career-high 33 minutes vs. UAB (12/28/11). Went career-best 5-of-8 at foul line ... Led GW with a season-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 3-of-7 three-pointers against VCU (12/4/11) ... Made 4-of-8 three-pointers en route to 12 points at #24 California (11/13/11) ... Member of GW's Spring and Fall 2011 Athletic Academic Dean's Lists with 3.0+ GPA.
AS A FRESHMAN AT GW IN 2010-11
Div. I leader among freshmen in 3-Pt. FG% (43.6)
team leader in three-pointers made (75)
team leader in 3-Pt. FG% at 43.6 (75-172)
holds GW single-season freshman record for 3-Pt. FGs made (75)
hit 4-7 FGs, all threes, for 12 pts., 2 assts. in first college game vs. Boston U. (11-16-10)
tallied 8 pts. w/ 3 rebs., asst. vs. Marist (11-17-10)
hit 3-4 3FGs for 9 pts., 2 blks. vs. Nevada (11-22-10)
scored career-high 23 pts. on 7-13 3FGs vs. UNCW (11-29-10)
added 9 pts. on 3-4 3FGs, blk., stl. vs. Towson (12-8-10)
hit 6-10 threes for 19 pts., 2 assts. @ Oregon St. (12-18-10)
named A-10 Rookie of the Week Dec. 20 for his effort at OSU
scored 12 pts. on 4-7 threes, blk. vs. Holy Cross (12-31-10)
added 15 pts. on 5-8 threes @ Howard (1-2-11)
grabbed career-high 10 rebs. w/ 6 pts. vs. Fordham (1-12-11)
9 pts. on 3-4 three-pt. FGs vs. Harvard (1-15-11)
9 pts. on 3-6 threes, 4 rebs. @ Xavier (1-26-11)
15 pts. on 5-9 threes, asst. vs. Richmond (2-9-11)
game-high 20 pts. on 7-15 FGs,6 treys, 7 rebs. @ UMass (2-13-11)
17 pts. on 6-9 FGs, 5-8 three-pt. FGs, 5 rebs. @ La Salle (2-19-11)
scored 11 pts., 6 rebs. vs. Charlotte (2-23-11)
Came to the United States three years prior to graduation from United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C., where he played two years of prep ball. He averaged 14.8 points, five rebounds and two assists as a senior under coach Shaun Wiseman. Mikic helped lead the Falcons to a combined 62-11 record during his two seasons while maintaining a 3.99 GPA.
Born February 23, 1991 in Novi Sad, Serbia ... full name is Nemanja Mikic ... son of Jovan and Svetlana Mikic ... would like to play professionally after college ... enjoys reading books.
|CAREER HIGHS (Through 2013-14 Season)|
|Points||23||vs. UNC Wilmington (11/29/10)|
|Rebounds||10||vs. Fordham (1/12/11)|
|Assists||3 (2x)||last vs. #20/18 Creighton (12/1/13)|
|Blocks||2 (2x)||last vs. Kansas State (12/8/12)|
|Steals||2 (7x)||last at Manhattan (11/16/13)|
|Minutes||36 (2x)||last at Dayton (2/1/14)|
|Field Goals Made||8||vs. UNC Wilmington (11/29/10)|
|Field Goals Attempted||15||at Massachusetts (2/13/11)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Made||7||vs. UNC Wilmington (11/29/10)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Attempted||15||at Massachusetts (2/13/11)|
|Free Throws Made||5||vs. UAB (12/28/11)|
|Free Throws Attempted||8||vs. UAB (12/28/11)|
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