Cavanaugh Named MVP as Colonials Win First Postseason Title
Colonials Triumph at Home, 82-77
Colonials and Gators set for 7 p.m. tip at the Charles E. Smith Center
Colonials to Host Florida on Wednesday at Smith Center in NIT Quarterfinals
Alex Mitola hits game-winner in the closing seconds; Colonials will next face Monmouth on Monday
@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Rutgers (12/12/15)
@GW_MBB Top 5 Plays: Army (11/22/15)
@GW_MBB Countdown: Yuta Watanabe
Yuta Watanabe #SCTop10 Dunk vs. Richmond
Happy Holidays from GW Athletics!
The Colonials end the 2016 basketball season with their first NIT Championship after beating Valparaiso.
NCAA Basketball: George Washington squares off against Lafayette in season opener.
GW MBB NIT First Round at Pitt (3/17/15) Photos by Harry Bloomberg
GW MBB A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Rhode Island (3/13/15)
GW MBB A-10 Second Round vs. Duquesne (3/12/15)
AS A FRESHMAN AT GW (2014-15): Averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 22.5 minutes in 35 games played with 10 starts ... Closed rookie season with 15 points and four three-pointers in NIT second round matchup at Temple (3/22/15) ... Averaged 13.5 points in final two regular season games, including career-high seven threes and 21 points against UMass (3/7/15), to earn second A-10 Rookie of the Week nod. Seven threes matched the second-most ever by a GW player in a single game ... Member of Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.5+ GPA) and GW's Athletic Academic Dean's List (3.0+ GPA) for fall 2014 semester ... Made GW's third ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays (#8) appearance in 24 days with tip dunk en route to nine points in victory over Richmond (1/15/15) ... Extended double-digit scoring streak to six straight games with career-high-tying 12 at La Salle (1/10/15). Also scored 12 in victory at Saint Joseph's (1/3/15) ... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (12/29/14) after averaging 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in three games as GW captured the 2014 Diamond Head Classic crown. Scored 10 points in a semifinal win over Colorado and title game upset of No. 11 Wichita State, including two 3-pointers in a decisive 20-6 game-ending run against the Shockers.
HIGH SCHOOL: Labeled "the Chosen One" by The Japan Times, Watanabe (you-tuh wah-tuh-nah-bay) is the fourth Japanese-born student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's basketball history (Michael Takahashi - Cal State Northridge, K.J. Matsui - Columbia, Taishi Ito - Portland) ... in his lone scholastic season in the United States in 2013-14, Watanabe averaged 13 points and six rebounds in helping St. Thomas More School (Conn.) to a 26-8 overall record and an appearance in the National Prep Championship game, during which he scored a team-high 25 points ... his ever-improving play throughout the season helped him earn NEPSAC Class AAA First Team All-League accolades and he was also named to the National Prep School Invitational All-Tournament Team ... before coming to the U.S., Watanabe led Jinsei Gakuen High School to second place in the 2010 and 2011 All-Japan Tournaments ... he has competed for the Japanese National Team - as an 18-year-old, he helped Japan to third place at the 2013 East Asian Basketball Association Championship for Men and ninth in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship - and joins Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen as foreign-born Colonials with experience in international competition ... like GW classmate Matt Cimino, Watanabe comes from a basketball family - both of his parents played in Japan's top leagues, his mother, Kumi, also played for the Japanese Women's National Team, and his sister, Yuki, played for Aishin AW of the Women's Japan Basketball League.