Five Men's Basketball Graduates Embark on Post-GW Paths

GW Basketball graduates from left, Hermann Opoku, Travis King, Jeff Alston, manager Kerishe Allen, J.P. Cotton and Damian Hollis at Commencement on the National Mall Sunday.

May 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - Three of the five want to continue playing. One of the five wants to coach and another wants to teach.

Those are the aspirations of the Colonials Men's Basketball graduating class of 2010.

Damian Hollis was the team's Most Valuable Player this past season. He reached the 1,000-point and 500-rebound milestones in the same game this year and scored a career-high 30 points in his final game as a Colonial.

He wants to continue playing basketball and has already participated in a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards. Hollis will attend a camp for NBA hopefuls in California and would like to eventually open a Boy's and Girl's club. His degree is in human services.

Hermann Opoku would also like to continue his playing career. While at GW he was on the Colonials' A-10 Tournament Championship team in '07 and the NCAA Tournament team. His degree is in sport and event management.

Travis King earned his degree in sociology and plans on a career in social work when he's done playing basketball. He will enroll in graduate school at UMBC where he plans to use his final year of basketball eligibility.

Jeff Alston wants to pursue a coaching career on the collegiate level. He was the basketball team manager for three seasons before earning a spot on the roster as a walk-on. He earned a master's degree in tourism administration with a sports management specialty and has a bachelor's degree in business administration.

J.P. Cotton also earned a spot on the roster as a walk-on. Last fall he was named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and graduated with a double major in classical humanities and history. He plans to join Teach for America and pursue a career as a high school teacher.



All five graduating student-athletes on the men's basketball team will take away a lot of memories, but they plan to make a few more in the next phase of their lives.

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