Basketball's Hall, Williams Named Co-MVPs for 2003-04
Elliott, Pinnock Share Rookie of the Year Honor
April 15, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - GW sophomores Mike Hall (Chicago, IL/Shepard) and Omar Williams (Philadelphia, PA/Celestial Prep) were named the Colonials' Co-Most Valuable Players at the 2004 Men's Basketball Awards gathering April 14 at Smith Center. Hall's 7.8 rebounds per game led the team and was fifth best in the Atlantic 10.
Freshmen Carl Elliott (Brooklyn, NY/Worcester Academy) and J.R. Pinnock (McDonough, GA/Coastal Christian) were awarded co-Rookie of the Year honors. Both were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in March. Pinnock was given the Defense Award while Elliott was awarded plaques for most assists and the Virginia Ogilvy Steals Award for most steals on the team.
Sophomore Pops Mensah-Bonsu (London, England/St. Augustine Prep) was named the team's Most Improved Player by the coaching staff. His scoring average jumped from 10.1 ppg as a freshman to 11.6 ppg this season and his field goal percentage improved by 31 points to .616 (125-203) this season. Mensah-Bonsu also was the recipient of the A-10's Chris Daniels Most Improved Player of the Year award. Sophomore Alexander Kireev (Nikolaev, Ukraine/Evangel Christian, Shreveport, LA) won the Academic Achievement Award for the second straight year and also took home the Strength & Conditioning Award.
Junior guard T.J. Thompson (Germantown, MD/Newport School) received the Free Throw Award from the coaches and was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team selection.
GW's 18-12 overall record this season represented a six-game improvement over last year's 12-17 mark. The Colonials placed second in the Atlantic 10 Conference West Division with an 11-5 mark after finishing with a 5-11 conference record in 2002-03. GW also received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) marking its first postseason appearance since 1999.