GW MEN'S BASKETBALL
Joe Holup isn't just one of the greatest basketball players ever to don the Buff and Blue, but based on statistics he's one of the two best players in the history of NCAA Division I men's basketball. The 6-foot-6 center is one of just two players - La Salle's Tom Gola being the other - in NCAA D-I history to have more than 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds in a career. His 2,226 career points stood as a GW record for 47 seasons while his program record 2,030 career rebounds are second only to Gola's 2,201 in the history of NCAA Division I and fifth-most all-time across all divisions of NCAA basketball. Over a span of four seasons from 1952-56, Holup averaged 21.4 points on 58.6 percent shooting and 19.5 rebounds, earning First Team All-Southern Conference honors each season. He led the Colonials to an 81-23 overall record, 32 weeks of Associated Press national rankings, two Southern Conference regular-season titles, the 1954 Southern Conference championship as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1954. As a senior in 1955-56, he averaged 25.0 points, including a program single-game record 49 against Furman on Feb. 17, 1956, and led the NCAA with 23.0 rebounds per game and 64.7 percent shooting, to become the first and only GW player to land on an AP All-America team with Third Team honors. Holup was the fifth overall pick, three behind No. 2 Bill Russell, in the 1956 NBA Draft and played three seasons for the Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 and named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
Standing 5-foot-4, Shawnta Rogers is a giant figure in the pantheon of GW basketball history. The small-in-stature, big-in-heart guard did it all for the Colonials from 1995-99, leading the team in assists and steals all four seasons and twice serving as the team's top scorer as GW won 80 games and made four postseason appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Rogers earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors every season (First Team in 1999, Second Team in 1998, Third Team in 1997 and A-10 All-Rookie Team in 1996), including three consecutive selections to the league's All-Defensive Team (1997-99), but his senior season in 1998-99 is regarded as one of the best in program history. Rogers paced the team and A-10 with 20.9 points and 6.8 assists, and also led NCAA Division I with 3.6 steals to become the first and only GW player to earn the A-10 Player of the Year award, as well as the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player 6-feet or under. He cemented his legendary status on Senior Day on Feb. 27, 1999 with a buzzer-beating three pointer that beat Xavier, 77-74, and helped the Colonials secure an NCAA Tournament bid. Rogers ranks sixth all-time in scoring with 1,701 points, is GW's career leader in assists (634) and steals (310), and also grabbed 533 rebounds, including 100-or-more all four seasons. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Chris Monroe came to GW from Good Counsel High School in Hyattsville, Md., in 1999 seeking respect. By the time he finished his career as a Colonial in 2003, the 6-foot-3 "power guard" (as labeled by head coach Tom Penders) had earned that respect as the greatest scorer ever at GW and one of the top players in Atlantic 10 history. In 118 career games, Monroe reached double figures in scoring an amazing 107 times, including 60 games with 20-or-more points, en route to setting a GW program record with 2,249 career points. His career point total is the third-most of any player in A-10 Conference history, and he also ranks 10th all-time in rebounding at GW with 712 career boards, making him one of just four players (Joe Holup, Mike Brown, Alexander Koul) to be inside the program's career top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. He was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2000 and followed with Team MVP and A-10 All-Conference honors each of the following three seasons - Third Team All-Conference in 2001, Second Team All-Conference in 2002 and First Team All-Conference in 2003. He has gone on to gain the respect of players and fans across the globe with a professional playing career spanning the Ukraine, Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, Italy, Iran and most recently Russia with a SuperLeague championship in 2013. He was enshrined in the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Despite playing in Foggy Bottom for just two seasons, the name Yinka Dare is forever synonymous with GW basketball. The 7-foot-1 center from Nigeria took the nation by storm as a freshman during the Colonials' deepest postseason run in program history in 1992-93, then turned his sizable talent into the 14th overall selection in the 1994 NBA Draft. In his debut season in 1992-93, Dare averaged 12.2 points on 55 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as he was tabbed Sports Illustrated's 1993 Freshman of the Year, an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, and earned the A-10 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year titles while matching the then league-record with nine Rookie of the Week awards. He posted 15 double-doubles that season as GW made a Cinderella run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. He added 16 more double-doubles and averaged 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds as he repeated as team MVP and on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team as a sophomore in 1993-94, helping the Colonials to the NCAA Tournament second round. He still owns the GW program record for blocks in a season (84 in 1992-93) and ranks fourth all-time in the category with 140 rejections in just 60 games. He became the second GW player chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was selected 14th overall by the New Jersey Nets in 1994. He played four seasons for the Nets and was named to GW's All-Century Team in 2001 before passing away unexpectedly in 2004 at the age of 31.
Mike Brown was a force to be reckoned with from the moment the 6-foot-10 center stepped on campus in Foggy Bottom. Joining the Colonials in 1981 from East Orange, N.J. and Clifford Scott High School, Brown led the team in both scoring and rebounding in each of the next four seasons to become one of the most decorated players in program history. Over the course of his 111-game career, Brown averaged 17.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while amassing 64 double-doubles, earning either First Team or Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors all four seasons as well as being named the 1982 A-10 Rookie of the Year. He is one of three GW players with 1,000-plus points and rebounds in his career (Joe Holup, Gene Guarilia), and ranks third all-time with 1,916 points and second all-time with 1,166 rebounds. Brown was drafted in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and went on to enjoy a successful 11-year, five-team career in the pros. He entered the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and was a member of the All-Century Team in 2001.
Walter 'Corky' Devlin was one half of the most potent one-two punch in GW men's basketball program history. The 6-foot-5 guard from Newark, N.J., teamed with Joe Holup from 1952-55 and helped the Colonials to a 62-16 record, the 1954 Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as the 1955 SoCon Championship title game. Devlin averaged 15.2 points as a sophomore alongside super frosh Holup in 1952-53, then led GW and earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors in each of his final two seasons with 21.2 points as a junior in 1953-54 and 22.6 points as a senior in 1954-55. He blazed the Colonials' path to the 1954 SoCon Championship, scoring 41 points in an 83-70 title-game victory over Richmond, still the second-most points in tournament history behind GW alumnus Jon Feldman's 45 in 1961. Devlin was selected in the second round of the 1955 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors and played three seasons in the pros with the Ft. Wayne Pistons and Minneapolis Lakers. He ranks 10th all-time with 1,564 points, and was posthumously named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
The eldest of the Tallent trio, Bob Tallent played only one season at GW, but it was one of the most dominant single seasons for any player in program history. Tallent totaled 723 points and averaged 28.9 points for the Colonials in 1968-69, still the best single-season scoring totals in school annals and the ninth-best single-season average in Southern Conference history just ahead of current NBA star Stephen Curry's 28.6 points in 2008-09. He earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors that season, helping the Colonials to their first winning record (14-11) in nine seasons, a third-place finish in the league standings and a trip to the SoCon tourney semifinals. Tallent reached double figures in all 25 games, including 23 games of 20-or-more points, 11 games with 30-or-more, and a pair of 40-plus point outings. His 46 points in a victory over Pittsburgh on Jan. 11, 1969 are the second-most in one game in school history. He was drafted by the Denver Rockets in the 1969 ABA Draft, but returned to Foggy Bottom as a coach and eventually spent seven seasons as head coach, helping the Colonials to 102 victories from 1975-81, the fourth-most wins of any coach in program history. Bob was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and was a member of the All-Century Team in 2001.
The youngest of the high-scoring Tallent trio, 6-foot-3 guard Pat Tallent led GW in scoring all three of his full varsity seasons from 1972-76. Prior to joining the varsity though, he helped the 1971-72 Freshmen Team to a 17-1 mark with 26.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. In his first season on the varsity in 1972-73, Tallent provided a team-best 18.8 as the Colonials went 17-9. He was averaging 21.3 points through three games of the 1973-74 season, but suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He regained that year of eligibility and came back healthy as a junior in 1974-75, pacing GW with 20.3 points as the team, coached by his older brother Bob, won 17 games and reached the ECAC playoffs. He followed with his best season both on and off the court as a senior in 1975-76. Averaging a career-best 23.0 points on 53 percent shooting, he captained the Colonials to 20 victories (20-7) in their opening season at the Smith Center, helping the team eclipse the 20-win plateau for just the fourth time in program history to that point. He also earned First Team Academic All-America honors and was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the sixth round of the NBA Draft that year. Pat ranks fourth all-time at GW with 1,725 points as a career 50.1 percent shooter, and was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and was a member of the All-Century Team in 2001.
Nicknamed 'Big Shot' for his penchant for clutch, game-winning shots, Carl Elliott's flair for the dramatic is only a part of his four-year legacy at GW from 2003-07. While his 'Threw It in the Hole' winner at Dayton in 2005 and buzzer-beating overtime tip-in against Charlotte in 2006 certainly helped, it was also Elliott's consistency and all-around play that helped GW reach four postseasons, including three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2005-07, and helped him become the winningest player in program history with 90 victories. Elliott twice earned A-10 All-Conference (2006 Second Team, 2007 Third Team) and All-Defensive Team (2005, 2007) honors, and was an A-10 All-Rookie Team pick in 2003-04 and an A-10 All-Championship Team selection during GW's run to the 2007 crown. He's one of only four players to lead the Colonials in assists all four seasons (Tony Taylor, Shawnta Rogers, Alvin Pearsall) and is the only player to record a triple-double in program history with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in an 84-72 win over Temple on Feb. 17, 2007. Elliott ranks 24th all-time in scoring with 1,256 points and is second only to Rogers in both career assists (539) and steals (281).
At the center of GW's successful teams of the late 1990s was 7-foot-1 Alexander 'Sasha' Koul from Borovka, Belarus. Koul, who played his final three seasons at GW as 'Koul and the Gang' alongside standouts Shawnta Rogers and Belarusian teammate Yegor Mescheriakov, helped the Colonials to four postseasons and 78 victories from 1994-98. Like Mescheriakov, Koul was a exceptional in the classroom, earning A-10 All-Academic honors three times and being named a Third Team Academic All-American twice (1997, 1998). He shot 63 percent and averaged 12.8 points to earn Third Team All-Atlantic 10 and A-10 All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman on GW's 1995 NIT team. He then set career marks as a sophomore in 1995-96 with 14.9 points per game on 64 percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds to capture Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and A-10 All-Championship Team honors as the Colonials reached the NCAA Tournament. GW played in the 1997 NIT as Koul averaged 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds and earned Third Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades, then returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 as 'Sasha' provided 12.0 points and team-high 6.8 rebounds on a team that matched the then single-season school record of 24 victories. Koul, who recorded 30 double-doubles, still holds GW career records for consecutive starts (123), blocks (188) and field goal percentage (60.9%), and ranks seventh all-time in both points (1,656) and rebounds (889).
A versatile 6-foot-9 forward from Minsk, Belarus, Yegor Mescheriakov was the epitome of student-athlete for GW's four postseason teams of the late 1990s. He earned All-Atlantic 10 honors in each of his four seasons from 1995-99, and was also a three-time A-10 All-Academic Team and 1999 Second Team Academic All-America selection who completed his undergraduate degree in just three years. As a freshman, he averaged 9.7 points and was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as GW reached the NCAA Tournament. He then led the Colonials with 16.6 points per game, including a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double average to earn A-10 All-Championship Team honors, en route to a Second Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore on GW's 1997 NIT team. GW returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1997-98 as Mescheriakov provided 12.7 points per game and garnered Third Team All-Conference accolades. He then set career-high marks of 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as he and Shawnta Rogers led GW back to the NCAA Tournament in 1998-99. Over 116 career games, Mescheriakov helped GW to 80 victories with 81 double-digit scoring games and 22 games with 20-or-more points. He ranks eighth all-time at GW with 1,645 points and was named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
Newark, N.J.'s Jon Feldman is one of the most prolific scorers in GW basketball history, and was the catalyst to some of the program's biggest and most improbable triumphs. A 5-foot-10 guard, Feldman earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors all three seasons from 1959-62, often overshadowed by the likes of All-American's Jerry West and Rod Thorn of conference power West Virginia. But on Feb. 17, 1960, Feldman - then a sophomore who averaged 21.0 points per game - exploded for 42 points to best West's 40 as the Colonials knocked off the No. 3 ranked Mountaineers, 97-93. As a junior the following season he averaged 20.4 points on a GW team that won just six regular season games. However, he exploded during three SoCon tourney contests, earning First Team All-Tournament and Most Outstanding Player honors in leading the Colonials to an unlikely conference championship. Feldman still owns the SoCon tourney single-game scoring mark of 45 points in a 93-82 title game triumph over William & Mary. He averaged a career-best 21.7 points as a senior in 1961-62. Despite playing just 70 games over three seasons, Feldman still ranks 11th all-time at GW with 1,472 points. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980, and was a member of the All-Century Team in 2001.
One of the best players, scorers and winners in GW men's basketball history, Kwame Evans helped the Colonials to 78 victories and four trips to the postseason during his career from 1992-96. He averaged 5.6 points in 26 games during his rookie season in 1992-93, but flashed a glimpse of his high-scoring potential during the Colonials' magical run to the 1993 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Evans averaged 14.3 points in four postseason contests, highlighted by team highs of 19 points in the NCAA first round victory over New Mexico and 13 points and six rebounds against Michigan and the Fab Five in the Sweet 16. As a sophomore in 1993-94, Evans was the team's third-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game as GW made the NCAA Tournament once again. He then led GW and the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 19.4 points per game during a postseason NIT appearance in 1994-95, and again paced the Colonials at 18.7 points per game en route to the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96, earning First Team All-Conference accolades each season. The 6-foot-6 guard from Baltimore, Md., scored in double-figures in 85 of his 117 career games, including 34 outings with 20-or-more points and five 30-plus point performances, and currently ranks fifth on GW's all-time scoring list with 1,706 points. He also owns a share of the single-game mark for three pointers with eight at Duquesne in January 1996. Evans is part of the latest GW Athletic Hall of Fame class and will be inducted in Feb. 2014.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu is one of the best and most beloved players in GW men's basketball history. The springy 6-foot-9 forward of Ghanaian descent, born and raised in London and recruited from St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) averaged double figures and led the team in blocks all four seasons from 2002-06. While increasing team success put GW on the college hoops map, it was the personality and highlight-reel dunks of the "King Whale Killer" that helped the Colonials captivate the nation (especially ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt). Among the league's top rookies with 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman starter in 2002-03, Mensah-Bonsu provided 11.6 points and 5.4 boards in a reserve role en route to being named the Atlantic 10's Chris Daniels Most Improved Player as a sophomore on GW's 2004 NIT team. He then averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a junior, earning Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Championship Team honors as he helped GW capture its first-ever A-10 Championship title and make the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Mensah-Bonsu cemented his legacy on GW's banner 2005-06 team, capturing First Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Defensive Team honors with a career-best 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. Pops, whose professional career spans five NBA teams, five European countries and the 2012 Olympics with his native Great Britain, ranks 22nd all-time at GW with 1,308 points on 58.4 percent shooting, third with 141 blocks and just outside the top 10 with 676 rebounds.
A four-sport scholastic star for former GW hoopster Joe Mullan ('66) at Bosse High School in Evansville, Ind., Dirkk Surles' evolved into one of the greatest scorers in program history. After averaging 6.3 points off the bench as a freshman in 1989-90, the athletic and explosive 6-foot-3 guard led the team in scoring in each of his final three seasons, teaming with classmate Sonni Holland to help revive the GW program with a pair of postseason appearances. He averaged a team-high 14.4 points as a sophomore as GW reached the NIT in 1990-91, then a career-best 19.9 points and 67 three pointers to earn First Team All-Atlantic 10 and Team MVP honors as a junior in 1991-92. Surles then paced the team with 14.5 points, 51 threes and 36 steals as a senior in 1992-93, claiming Second Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades along with freshman sensation Yinka Dare in helping the Colonials to their lone NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Surles is in the top 10 all-time at GW in both career points (9th, 1,607) and steals (8th, 132).
A hard-working 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago, Mike Hall was the glue-guy of GW's star-laden and super successful teams of the mid-2000s. He led the Colonials in rebounding all four seasons - one of three players to accomplish that feat (Mike Brown, Alexander Koul) - and posted 25 double-doubles during a 117-game career in which GW went 79-40. He was a member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and A-10 All-Tournament Team in 2003 after averaging 9.7 points and team-best 8.2 rebounds as a freshman. As a sophomore, he earned Team MVP honors while averaging 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for a GW team that reached the postseason with a berth in the NIT. He followed up with Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a junior in helping GW to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, averaging 10.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. He was one of GW's four All-Conference picks in his final season, earning Second Team honors again as well as All-Defensive Team honors with 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds on the Colonials' legendary 2005-06 team that went 27-3 overall, a perfect 16-0 in the A-10, ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hall ranks 25th all-time at GW with 1,216 points and is fifth with 923 rebounds.
6-foot-6 forward Gene Guarilia was a beast on the boards for GW from 1956-59 and parlayed that talent into the most decorated NBA playing career of any Colonial. He averaged a double-double in each of his three seasons, beginning with a team-best 17.1 points and Southern Conference-leading 18.6 rebounds per game in his debut 1956-57 season. His 447 total rebounds that year remain the ninth-most in a single-season in SoCon history. In 1957-58, he provided 15.8 points and 11.1 rebounds over 23 games to earn First Team All-SoCon accolades. As a senior in 1958-59, he provided 14 points and 12 rebounds on a GW team that came within a point of reaching the conference title game, capturing Second Team All-Tournament honors. He's 32nd all-time at GW with 1,136 points and one of three GW players with over 1,000 career rebounds (1,019). He was a second round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1959 and went on to win four NBA Championships with GW legend Red Auerbach's Celtics from 1960-63.
A product of GW legend Joe Gallagher's St. John's High School program, 6-foot-1 southpaw John Holloran was a dead-eye shooter and set-up man for the Colonials from 1973-77. He averaged 8.8 points on 45 percent shooting over 49 games his first two seasons before breaking out as a junior with 14.3 points per game on 58 percent shooting and a then single-season program record 150 assists. As a senior in 1976-77, Holloran led GW in scoring with 21.4 points and assists with 128 to earn First Team All-Conference honors in the inaugural season of the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, the precursor of the Eastern 8 and Atlantic 10. His senior season was highlighted by a dazzling 38-point performance as he out-dueled All-American guard John Lucas in GW's 86-76 win over Maryland at Cole Field House. The 1995 inductee into GW's Athletic Hall of Fame and member of the All-Century Team ranks 17th all-time with 1,374 points as a career 51.2 percent shooter (575-1,122) and ninth with 356 assists.
6-foot-7 forward Sonni Holland appeared in 111 games in the Buff and Blue from 1989-93. The Neptune, N.J., native, who interned for Senator Bill Bradley on Capitol Hill during his time at GW, averaged better than 11 points and four rebounds all four seasons, helping the Colonials to a pair of postseason appearances along the way. He earned A-10 All-Freshman Team honors in 1989-90, then averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds to earn Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 1990-91. Holland upped his sophomore-year contributions to 21 points per game to earn A-10 All-Tournament Team honors and help GW to its first-ever A-10 Championship title game. He received A-10 Third Team accolades with career-best of 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 1991-92, and capped his career on the balanced and talented 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 Team with 12.1 points and 4.0 rebounds. He ranks 12th all-time at GW with 1,467 points and was named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
6-foot-3 guard Ellis McKennie posted a rare double-double in his basketball career, starring at Philadelphia's George Washington High School before joining George Washington University for 123 games from 1986-91. He carried a heavy load for the Colonials as he led the team in steals three times, assists twice, as well as scoring and rebounding. He earned Third Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 1989-90, a year after playing just five games due to a foot stress fracture, with averages of 16.3 points, an A-10 leading 2.7 steals, and A-10 third-best 5.8 assists. He then averaged 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds as a fifth-year senior in 1990-91 to help GW to its first postseason in 30 years with a bid in the NIT. McKennie ranks 13th all-time at GW with 1,455 points, third with 191 steals, eighth with 367 assists, and still holds the GW and A-10 Championship single-game assists record of 15 against St. Bonaventure on March 4, 1990.
6-foot-1 guard SirValiant Brown, from nearby Springfield, Va., was one of the most exciting scorers in college basketball during his two seasons at GW from 1999-2001. Brown burst onto the scene as a freshman with 24.6 points per game, second in the NCAA that season by just two-tenths of a point, to earn Associated Press All-America honorable mention, Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and 2000 A-10 Rookie of the Year honors. His 738 points that season are the most in a single-season in program history. He added 17.3 points per game and 536 points as a sophomore to bring his 61 career games total to 1,274 points, which ranks 23rd all-time at GW. Brown is also the only two-time MVP of the BB&T Classic, winning the honor on a runner-up team in 2000 and in 1999 as GW defeated Maryland, 74-69, for its second BB&T Classic crown.
The 6-foot-10 left-handed center from Timonium, Md., got things done, and done well, both on the court and in the classroom at GW from 1976-80. He averaged better than 15 points on 58 percent shooting and eight rebounds during each of his final three seasons, earning Second Team All-Eastern Eight accolades as a sophomore in 1977-78 (15.6 ppg, 58.4% FG, 8.7 rpg) and back-to-back First Team All-Conference honors as a junior (16.0 ppg, 58.4% FG, 8.9 rpg) and senior (15.5 ppg, 60.5% FG, 8.6 rpg). He ranks 15th all-time at GW with 1,418 points, eighth with 824 rebounds, and is second only to Alexander Koul in career field-goal percentage at 59.0 percent. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1980 NBA Draft, but the Third Team Academic All-American in 1978 chose to enroll in GW's School of Medicine. Dr. Zagardo was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and was named an All-Century Team member in 2001.
A dynamic wing player for the Colonials from 2003-06, Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock provided a bench spark at the start of his career then finished as the top scorer on the best team in GW history. Pinnock averaged 9.8 points as a freshman reserve in 2003-04 to earn Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team accolades, then provided 13.4 points off the bench to earn A-10 Sixth Man of the Year honors as GW claimed its first-ever A-10 Championship crown in 2004-05. As a junior, Pinnock led the Colonials with 14.5 points and 2.4 steals, and added 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists, to be named First Team All-Atlantic 10 during GW's banner 2005-06 season in which it finished 27-3 overall with a perfect A-10 regular season and a No. 14 final national ranking. Pinnock was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Draft and has since played in the NBA D-League and won multiple league titles in Puerto Rico's BSN. He ranks 33rd all-time at GW with 1,121 points and fifth with 164 steals in just 89 games over three seasons.
5-foot-10 point guard T.J. Thompson helped jumpstart GW's team success in the new millenium. He earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors after averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 assists in 2001-02, then followed with 12.6 points and career-best 6.1 assists as a sophomore in 2002-03. Thompson then led GW to the postseason NIT as a junior in 2003-04 with a team-high 13.2 points and 61 three pointers. As a senior in 2004-05, Thompson again paced the team with 13.6 points and 74 threes as he led GW to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship and first conference tourney crown in 44 years, collecting First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team honors along the way. Thompson is GW's career leader with 229 three pointers and ranks 14th all-time with 1,440 points, fifth with 484 assists and sixth with 158 steals.
6-foot-5 forward and Washington, D.C., native Les Anderson earned the nickname "High Rise" at GW thanks to his 37-inch vertical leap. He entered the Colonials' starting lineup nine games into his rookie season in 1974-75 and remained there for the next 98 games, completing his 106-game career from 1974-78 with 1,377 points (16th all-time at GW) and 816 rebounds (9th all-time). He led GW in rebounding in back-to-back seasons with 8.5 boards per game as a sophomore in 1975-76, then career-bests of 9.2 rebounds and 15.1 points per game as a junior in 1976-77. As a senior in 1977-78, Anderson was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and shared Team MVP honors with teammate Mike Zagardo, averaging 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and was later elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
Before his son Wally became a star in the NBA, Walt Szczerbiak was an efficient 6-foot-6 scoring machine at GW from 1968-71. He came into his own as an upperclassman, averaging a double-double over his final two seasons in the Buff and Blue. As a junior in 1969-70, he averaged 17.2 points on 55.2 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds, earning team MVP and Southern Conference All-Tournament Second Team honors. As a senior in 1970-71, he repeated as team MVP while providing a team-best 22.8 points on 59.4 percent shooting and 13.0 rebounds per game. Szczerbiak was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the fourth round of the 1971 NBA Draft, and played 53 games for the ABA's Pittsburgh Condors before embarking on a long and extremely successful European pro career, mostly with Real Madrid in Spain. Szczerbiak, who ranks 36th all-time at GW with 1,114 points, was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 and named a member of the All-Century Team in 2001, and was chosen one of the 50 greatest contributors in Euroleague history in 2008.
The middle of the Tallent trio, 6-foot-1 guard Mike Tallent averaged better than 18 points during three varsity seasons from 1968-72. He led the freshman team to a 17-2 record in 1967-68 with 29.0 points per game before teaming with older brother Bob in the backcourt as a sophomore in 1968-69. The duo combined for 46.7 points per game, with Mike providing 17.8 per contest. He then earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors as a junior in 1970 after averaging a team- and league-best 21.1 points, and was also named to the SoCon All-Tournament Second Team. Knee injuries slowed his career from that point, keeping him out for the entire 1970-71 season and limiting him to 11.3 points in 10 games in 1971-72. He still ranks 38th all-time at GW with 1,085 points in just 60 career varsity games, was a member of the All-Century Team in 2001 and inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
The other half of the "Backcourt Brats" combo, 6-foot-1 guard Bill Telasky teamed up with Howard 'Bucky' McDonald to form the nation's highest scoring perimeter duo of the late 1950s. The pair combined for an NCAA-best 33.4 points per game in 1957-58, with Telasky providing 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and earning First Team All-Tournament honors as he helped GW to within a point of the Southern Conference championship game. Telasky earned Second Team All-Southern Conference accolades in 1959 and was later selected in the fifth round of the 1959 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors, the same draft that featured teammates McDonald and Gene Guarilia, as well as Wilt Chamberlain. He ranks 20th all-time at GW with 1,333 career points and was named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
The sidekick to high-scoring GW greats like Yegor Mescheriakov, SirValiant Brown, Chris Monroe and Lake Clifton High School teammate Shawnta Rogers, Mike King provided a consistent scoring and defensive threat for GW from 1997-2001. Eligible midway through his freshman year, the 6-foot-4 guard from Baltimore made an immediate impact with 13.2 points per game en route to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors as the Colonials made the NCAA Tournament in 1998. His best season came as a sophomore, averaging 15.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals to help GW return to the NCAAs in 1999. He averaged 12.1 and 11.3 points over his final two seasons and still ranks among the Colonials' leaders in career points (21st, 1,327) and steals (4th, 175).
6-foot-1 point guard Tony Taylor is one of the best all-around guards to suit up for the Buff and Blue. He's one of just four players to lead the team in assists all four seasons (Alvin Pearsall, Shawnta Rogers, Carl Elliott) and ranks among the program's leaders in points (19th with 1,345 points), assists (fourth with 486) and steals (10th with 130). He led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and steals (1.3 spg) en route to Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a junior in 2010-11, then paced the team with 13.1 points per game as a senior in 2011-12, earning team MVP honors both seasons. Taylor earned NBA D-League All-Rookie Third Team honors and also played in the NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder this past summer, and is currently playing professionally with PGE Turow in Poland.
A 6-foot-9 forward with intimidating length, Rob Diggs shined in his final three seasons after playing a reserve role as a freshman on GW's banner 2005-06 team. As a sophomore in 2006-07, Diggs averaged 10.5 points on 54 percent shooting and blocked a career-best 60 shots to help the Colonials capture the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship. He followed up with back-to-back team MVP honors with 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior in 2007-08, and 13.4 points and 7.3 boards as a senior in 2008-09. Diggs is second all-time at GW with 144 blocks, and also ranks 34th with 1,118 points on 50.7 percent shooting over 112 career games.
An All-Met recruit from High Point High School in Takoma Park, Md., Glen Sitney possessed an inside-outside skill set as a 6-foot-6 forward at GW from 1987-91. He earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors in 1988 after averaging 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds as a freshman, then led the Colonials with 14.3 points and 63 three-pointers and added 82 assists as a sophomore in 1988-89. He again paced GW with 42 triples and averaged 12.9 points during his junior season in 1989-90, highlighted by career-bests of 26 points against Rutgers and 20 rebounds against Utah State. Sitney took a reserve role during GW's trip to the 1991 NIT - the program's first postseason appearance in 30 years - and still ranks 26th all-time with 1,209 points.
6-foot-5 forward Nimbo Hammons was an intergral part of GW's success in the early 1990s. He helped the Colonials to three postseason appearances, including his reemergence as a starter during GW's run to the 1993 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in which he averaged 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in three tourney games. He was named the team's Most Improved Player in 1992-93 and again in 1993-94, as well as Third Team All-Atlantic 10, when he averaged 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Colonials again reached the NCAA Tournament. The senior co-captain repeated on the A-10 Third Team in 1994-95 when he helped GW to an NIT appearance with a career-best 14.2 points per game. He is 27th all-time at GW with 1,202 points.
Highly regarded out of Newark's Clifford Scott High School, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Troy Webster didn't disappoint as a freshman, averaging a team-high 17.1 points en route to being named 1983 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore in 1983-84, he moved to point guard in place of injured teammate Mike O'Reilly and provided 13.3 points per game and a team-best 101 assists. After moving back to his natural off-guard position as a junior in 1984-85, Webster capped his career with a team-best 14.6 points per game and team MVP honors as a senior in 1985-86. He ranks 18th all-time at GW with 1,353 career points.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Youngstown, Ohio, was a consistent post presence for GW, averaging better than eight points and 47 percent shooting during each of his four seasons from 1976-80. Glenn broke out as a sophomore in 1977-78 with career bests of 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, then provided 10.8 points per game as a junior on a balanced 1978-79 team, and 13.8 points per game as a senior in 1979-80. Glenn amassed 599 rebounds in 101 career games and still ranks 28th all-time at GW with 1,197 career points.
Matt Zunic twice led the team in scoring during his career at GW. As a junior in 1940-41, he averaged 11.5 points for the 17-4 Colonials, then provided a then-record 266 points and 13.3 points per game as a senior in 1941-42, earning All-District, All-Southern Conference and Honorable Mention All-America honors along the way. He would go on to play professionally for Coach Red Auerbach's Washington Capitals of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948-49 and serve as an assistant coach at GW in 1950-51 before becoming a successful head coach in the Northeast - first at Boston University from 1952-59, then Massachusetts from 1959-64. He was elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
Damian Hollis was versatile on both ends of the court and proved a difficult matchup during his career at GW from 2006-10. At 6-foot-8, the athletic forward possessed a smooth stroke (career 45.3 FG%, 81.8 FT%) and troublesome length on defense (10th all-time with 85 blocks). He earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors in 2006-07 as he helped GW capture the 2007 A-10 Championship title in Atlantic City, N.J. After averaging 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore, Hollis led the Colonials in scoring as a junior (13.4 ppg) and senior (13.9 ppg), securing A-10 Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades in his final season in 2009-10. He capped his 116-game career with a career-best 30 points against VCU in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational, and currently ranks 29th all-time with 1,196 points. Hollis now stars overseas, helping Albacomp to a title in Hungary this past summer.
A prolific scorer who broke Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia prep scoring record, 6-foot-1 guard Maureece Rice packed a scoring punch at GW from 2004-08. He was a spark plug off the bench during GW's banner 2005-06 season in which it went 27-3 and ranked as high as sixth in the nation. As a sophomore that season, Rice averaged 12.6 points to earn Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades. He also hit one of the most clutch shots in program history with a three-pointer that sent the regular-season finale against Charlotte into overtime and helped GW to an eventual 86-85 victory and a perfect 16-0 conference record. A year later as a junior, he earned Third Team All-Atlantic 10 honors with 15.8 points per game, including 16.6 points per game and tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as he led GW to the 2007 A-10 Championship. Rice ranks 30th all-time in program history with 1,179 career points.
6-foot-2 guard Howard 'Bucky' McDonald formed one-half of the nation's highest scoring backcourt along with Bill Telasky at the end of the 1950s. McDonald twice led GW in scoring during his three-year career from 1956-59 - 17.8 points per game en route to Second Team All-Southern Conference in 1957-58, then 17.8 points per game and First Team All-Southern Conference accolades along with West Virginia's Jerry West in 1958-59. He also earned SoCon Second Team All-Tournament honors in 1958 and 1959, and still ranks 37th all-time at GW with 1,096 career points. McDonald was taken in the sixth round by the New York Knicks in the 1959 NBA Draft, the same draft that featured teammates Telasky and Gene Guarilia, as well as Wilt Chamberlain.
Similar to the path of GW great Dallas Shirley, Ronnie Nunn turned success as a Colonial into a long career as an NBA official. A 6-foot-3 guard from Brooklyn, Nunn scored 1,068 points during three varsity seasons from 1969-72, not including his 497 points and 29.2 points per game average on the freshman team in 1968-69. He averaged 17.6 points alongside high-scoring teammate Walt Szczerbiak in 1970-71, then paced the team with 15.4 points per game as a senior in 1971-72. He became an NBA official in 1984 and went on to call more than 1,100 regular-season games, 73 playoff games including four in the NBA Finals, the 1989 and 1996 NBA All-Star Games, and served as NBA Director of Officials from 2003-08. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
Prior to his long, successful tenure as GW Director of Athletics, Bob Faris was a multi-sport star in basketball, football and tennis for the Colonials from 1936-39. In three seasons, the 6-foot-1 Faris led GW to a 42-16 overall record and twice paced the team in scoring - 10.1 points per game en route to All-District accolades in 1937-38, and 12.1 points per game and Chuck Taylor All-America honors in 1938-39. He came back to Foggy Bottom from his native Nebraska to be Athletics Director in 1955, championing the construction of the Charles E. Smith Center and transition from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic 10 during his 27 years at the helm. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.
A district native, scholastic star at DeMatha Catholic, and member of the heralded 1992 recruiting class along with Kwame Evans and the late Yinka Dare, Vaughn Jones helped the Colonials reach the postseason in each of his four years from 1992-96. Jones earned Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team accolades along with Dare in 1993, averaging 5.4 points off the bench for a GW team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. He added 7.3 ppg as GW reached the NCAAs again in 1994, then averaged better than 12 points during trips to the 1995 NIT and 1996 NCAAs. The 6-foot-6 guard ranks 31st all-time at GW with 1,154 points and was a member of the program's All-Century Team in 2001.
Once voted the team's 'Unsung Hero' by GW season-ticket holders, point guard Alvin Pearsall is one of only four players in program history to lead the team in assists all four seasons (Tony Taylor, Carl Elliott, Shawnta Rogers). The 5-foot-11 court general from Bartow, Fla., helped the Colonials end a 30-year postseason drought with a trip to the NIT as a freshman in 1990-91, paced the Atlantic 10 with 6.2 assists per game in 1991-92, and was integral to GW's NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993 and 1994, serving as a team captain as a senior in 1993-94. Pearsall ranks third all-time in assists with 497 and seventh all-time in steals with 140, and added 811 points and 339 rebounds in 116 career games from 1990-94.
Before becoming a D.C. coaching legend at his scholastic alma mater St. John's High School, Joe Gallagher was a guard for the Colonials from 1940-43 and captain of GW's 1943 Southern Conference Championship team. Gallagher earned Second Team All-Tournament Team honors in 1943 as GW defeated William & Mary, Davidson and Duke en route to the conference crown, highlighted by eight points in the title game against the Blue Devils. He was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and the DC Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and was a member of GW's All-Century Team in 2001.
6-foot-7 center Joe Adamitis was the driving force that propelled GW into the 1964 Southern Conference Championship title game. He earned Second Team All-SoCon honors in 1963-64 for leading the Colonials with 17.8 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, highlighted by a game-high 20 points in GW's 61-56 championship game loss to VMI. Over 73 career games, Adamitis amassed 1,056 points and 965 rebounds, ranking 40th and fourth all-time in those categories, respectively.
6-foot-11 center from 1972-75, Clyde Burwell is one of the best true centers to ever patrol the paint for the Buff and Blue. He averaged a double-double of 12.7 points and 11.5 rebounds over his 79-game varsity career and ranks 44th all-time with 1,001 points and sixth all-time with 907 boards. Burwell was also perhaps the greatest shot blocker in GW history, but played before blocks became an official NCAA statistic in 1985. GW media guide archives credit him with 217 blocks during his sophomore and junior seasons from 1972-74, which would top the career records list. He also holds the single-game rebounding record with 33 against Mount St. Mary's in December 1973.
Joe Petcavich was part of GW's 1955-56 "Big 5" along with Joe Holup, George Klein, Bill Telasky and Jay Manning. He averaged 4.1 points for the dominant 1953-54 team that won the Southern Conference crown and appeared in the NCAA Tournament, then followed with a double-double of 13.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in 1954-55. In 1955-56, Petcavich provided 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as GW won a share of the Southern Conference regular-season title. He led the SoCon in free throw percentage at 83.1 percent that season and also shot 59.9 percent from the field on a team that led the nation in field goal accuracy at 50 percent.
Following a dominant 20.1-point, 13.3-rebound campaign on the freshman team in 1969-70, 6-foot-7 forward Mike Battle averaged double-digit scoring and a near double-double during three varsity seasons from 1970-73. Often playing at a height disadvantage in the post, aptly named Battle fought his way to 1,116 points (35th all-time) and 695 rebounds in 73 career games, including team MVP honors in 1972 and 1973. He was drafted by the NBA's Capital Bullets in 1973 and later inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
One of a trio of stars who led GW to the 1954 Southern Conference Championship along with Joe Holup and Corky Devlin, Elliot Karver was described as the "high-scoring and ever-driving forward-guard who was also GW's most astute defensive player" on that 1953-54 title team. He averaged 15 points and eight rebounds that season and finished second in the nation in field goal shooting at 56.1 percent, trailing only teammate Holup's 57.5 percent. He was an 11th round draft pick of the NBA's Baltimore Bullets in 1954, but stayed at GW as an assistant coach to Bill Reinhart.
A two-sport star in hoops and baseball during his time at GW from 1963-67, Joe Lalli was the men's basketball team's Most Valuable Player and leading scorer in both 1966 and 1967. He averaged 15.9 points as a junior in 1965-66, then 17.5 points en route to Second Team All-Southern Conference honors as a senior in 1966-67. Lalli was elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, and was one of 23 players selected to GW's All-Century Team in 2001.
One of the first Colonials to Raise High was Francis W. Brown, the "towering" 6-foot-1 center of the GW men's basketball team from 1920-24. He joined the football and basketball teams just as they returned from hiatus following World War I in 1920 and went on to earn three degrees from GW. Brown was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1964, the fourth men's basketball player to receive the honor following Red Auerbach ('40), Calvin Griffith ('35), and Richard Castell ('29).
6-foot-7 forward Haviland Harper racked up 17 double-doubles over a span of four varsity seasons from 1972-76 and currently ranks 41st on GW's career scoring list. Not highly recruited out of Philadelphia's Central High School, Harper averaged 22.6 points and 10.7 rebounds on GW's freshman team in 1971-72 before averaging in double-figures in three of his four varsity seasons. He missed all but three games of 1974-75 due to injury, but still finished his 82-game career with 1,050 points and 547 rebounds, highlighted by 15.2 points and 8.7 boards per game in 1973-74.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Mark Clark ranks 42nd all-time at GW with 1,036 points during three varsity seasons from 1962-65. He averaged better than 13 points during each of his three seasons, peaking at 15.5 points per game during a standout junior season in 1963-64. His 31-point performance against West Virginia in the semifinals of the 1964 Southern Conference Championship propelled GW into the tourney title game and helped him earn First Team All-Tournament honors.
Bill Cantwell's career started with a bang, leading GW in scoring in both 1947 (10.6 ppg) and 1948 (11.7 ppg) and earning First Team All-Southern Conference and Second Team All-Championship honors as he helped the Colonials reach the SoCon tourney semifinals in 1947. He then teamed with John Moffatt and Maynard Haithcock to push GW into the 1949 Southern Conference title game, leading the way with 12 points in a loss to NC State.
Dick Markowitz produced eye-popping numbers when considering the fact that he was listed as a 6-foot-4 center for GW from 1959-61. In 25 games as a junior, Markowitz pumped in 16.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game en route to a 15-11 record that featured GW's stunning upset of No. 4 ranked West Virginia. As a senior in 1960-61, Markowitz averaged a double-double of 18.6 points and 10.3 rebounds as the 9-17 Colonials made an impromptu run to the Southern Conference Championship for an appearance against Princeton in the NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Behind three-time team scoring leader Forrest Burgess, GW posted a combined record of 37-14 from 1930-33. Burgess averaged double-figures each season, peaking at 12.3 points per game in 1930-31, and finished his 48-game career with an 11.3 points-per-game average. He is one of just six players (Jon Feldman, Pat Tallent, Mike Brown, Dirkk Surles, Chris Monroe) in program history to lead the Colonials in scoring for at least three seasons, and was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
GW won 58 of 80 games during Maynard Haithcock's career from 1946-49. A teammate of John Moffatt, Haithcock was GW's scoring leader with 9.8 points per game during the 1948-49 season when it reached the Southern Conference Championship game against NC State. He earned Second Team All-SoCon honors for his senior-year performance in 1948-49 and later that year was a free agent draftee of the Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America, the precursor of the NBA.
John Moffatt helped the Colonials to a 54-23 overall record during his three-year varsity career from 1947-50, highlighted by a trip to the Southern Conference Championship game against North Carolina State in 1949 in which he provided four points in the Colonials' 55-39 loss to the Wolfpack. A year later, Moffatt earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors while leading GW in scoring at 12.4 points per game.
Mike Samson upped his contributions through each of his four seasons at GW, culminating in a standout senior season in 1978-79. A 6-foot-5 forward, Samson earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and Team MVP honors after averaging a career-best 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds for a Colonials' team that featured five double-digit scorers that season. Samson's senior year included a 10-game stretch in which he averaged 22.2 points and 9.4 rebounds, ignited by a 35-point, 17-rebound double-double in a 94-83 victory over a Pittsburgh team that featured current GW assistant coach Pete Strickland. Samson was also a chemistry major who received an A in at least 16 consecutive courses (according to the 1978-79 team media guide) and went on to complete medical school at GW.
The most recent member of GW's 1,000-point club, Lasan Kromah graduated in 2013 ranked 42nd all-time at GW with 1,013 career points during his 92 games from 2009-13. The 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection also ranks seventh all-time in program history with 149 steals, including a single-game record nine against UAB in December 2011.
A consistent post presence for the Colonials in the early 1970s, 6-foot-6 forward Len Baltimore averaged 8.8 points and nearly five rebounds over 70 career varsity games from 1969-72. He was drafted by the NBA's Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972, but chose to return to GW to start a coaching career and would later spend six seasons as an assistant under head coach Bob Tallent.
Ben Goldfaden became the first GW alumnus to play in the professional ranks when he joined Red Auerbach's Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America for two games in 1946-47. Prior to that, Goldfaden was a leader on some of the most successful early teams in GW program history. Including a season on the freshmen team in 1933-34, Goldfaden and the Colonials went 62-15 from 1933-37, and he earned a spot on the All-District team in 1935.
The legend of Red Auerbach began to form during his time as a defensive-minded guard at GW from 1937-40. Reds, as he was referred to as a Colonial, paced the team in scoring as a senior with 8.5 points per game in 1939-40 before embarking on one of the most successful careers in professional sports history. He was named head coach of the Boston Celtics in 1950. During 16 seasons as Boston's coach, Auerbach led the Celtics to nine NBA titles - including a record eight straight from 1959-66. He then served as Boston's general manager from 1966-84 and team president and vice chairman from 1984 until his death in 2006, capturing an additional seven NBA titles during his time in the Celtics' front office. His combined 16 championships make him the most decorated team official in NBA history. Auerbach was inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968, and he was named one of the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in 2006. Auerbach remained a GW basketball season ticket holder until his death in 2006, and a banner and red seat honor him inside the Charles E. Smith Center.
Brian Magid's transfer from Maryland to GW was big news in 1978, and his lethal perimeter shooting was a big part of the Colonials' offense from 1978-80. Magid averaged 13.9 points on nearly 52 percent shooting in 53 games during his two seasons. He scored a career-best 34 points against UMass as a junior in 1978-79, then led GW in scoring at 15.6 points per game as a senior in 1979-80. The 6-foot-2 guard was automatic at the foul line, making 134-of-145 free throws in his two seasons.
6-foot-5 forward Kenny Legins was Mr. Consistent during his three varsity seasons from 1962-65. He averaged better than 13 points and eight rebounds throughout his career, peaking at 15.4 points as a sophomore team MVP in 1962-63 and 10.2 rebounds as a senior in 1964-65. In just 64 career games over three varsity seasons, Legins amassed 946 points and 607 rebounds.
6-foot-3 guard Keith Morris was named team MVP in 1974 as he picked up the offensive slack after high-scoring backcourt teammate Pat Tallent missed most of the year due to a knee injury. Morris pumped in a team-best 16.2 points and nearly five assists and five rebounds per game as a junior in 1973-74 and finished his 75-game varsity career with 820 points.
Noted for his defense and all-around play, 6-foot-2 guard Terry Grefe formed one-half of GW's mid-1960s backcourt duo along with point guard Joe Lalli. Grefe developed into a team leader for GW during his four-year career, climbing from 4.6 points per game during his first year on the varsity in 1964-65 to a share of team-leading scoring honors with Lalli at 17.5 points per game as a senior in 1966-67. In three seasons on varsity, Grefe totaled 762 points in 62 career games.
A Washington Post All-Met pick at Flint Hill School in Northern Virginia, 6-foot-4 guard Gerald Jackson began his collegiate career at Minnesota before transferring to GW in 1985. He led GW in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists, steals, blocks, dunks and minutes during his debut junior season, then paced the Colonials with 14.2 points per game en route to team MVP honors as a senior in 1987-88.
While younger brother and NCAA legend Joe gets most of the recognition, John was the first Holup to don the Buff and Blue. After a season on the freshman team in 1950-51, John led the Colonials in scoring as a sophomore with 13.6 points per game during a 15-9 campaign in 1951-52. He then teamed with brother Joe in the frontcourt during one of the most dominant stretches in GW basketball history. The Colonials went 15-7 in 1952-53, then 23-3 in 1953-54 en route a Southern Conference championship and No. 12 final national ranking.
While many GW fans and alumni recognize the name Larry "Tex" Silverman on the arena floor in the Charles E. Smith Center, many don't know that Silverman was a standout on the basketball court for the Colonials from 1950-53. Silverman was a two-time team captain and earned Third Team All-Southern Conference honors after his 1951-52 junior season during which he averaged a team-best 13.1 points. He graduated in 1953 as the program's all-time leading scorer with over 700 points and was drafted by the NBA's Rochester Royals. His generous support of GW Athletics led to the naming of Larry "Tex" Silverman Court for the 1998-99 season, during which he was was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2001 he was named to GW's All-Century Team.
A scholastic star at Anacostia High School in the late '70s, Wilbert Skipper returned to the district to play for GW in 1980 after two standout junior college seasons in Nebraska. Skipper, a 6-foot-3 guard, was an Eastern Eight (precursor to the Atlantic 10) All-Rookie Team selection in 1981 when he averaged 13.9 points as a reserve, highlighted by a career-best 34 points in a win over George Mason. He then averaged 14.6 points and shot 54 percent as a senior backcourt teammate with Mike Brey in 1981-82, completing his 48-game career with 686 points on 50 percent shooting.
Despite being only 6-feet tall, guard Curtis Jeffries did a little bit of everything for the Colonials from 1977-81. In 99 career games, Jeffries totaled 854 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 309 rebounds. He led the Colonials with 94 assists as a junior in 1979-80 and is still just shy of GW's all-time assists top 10 with 266 career helpers. Jeffries shared team MVP honors with Randy Davis as a senior in 1981.
One of the best pound-for-pound rebounders in program history, 6-foot-6 forward Mike Jones ranks 11th all-time at GW with 707 career boards. He was named the Colonials' team MVP in 1989 when he averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, then posted averages of 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds (third in the Atlantic 10) as a senior in 1989-90. Jones led GW in rebounding in each of his final three seasons and in 108 career games from 1986-90 averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
While he doesn't possess the statistics or accolades of Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Mike Hall, 6-foot-9 forward Omar Williams was just as explosive a player as his Class of 2006 teammates and equally integral to the Colonials' success at the start of the new millennium. Williams totaled 951 points and 600 rebounds in 119 career games (101 starts) from 2002-06 as GW posted a 79-40 overall record, made three straight trips to the postseason, claimed the 2005 A-10 Championship, and won a school record 27 games and peaked at No. 6 in the national Top 25 in 2005-06.
Roger Strong was named GW's team MVP in 1968 after leading the Colonials with 14.2 points and 9.5 rebounds during his debut season in 1967-68. A 1967 transfer from then Wesley College Institute in Delaware, the 6-foot-5 forward added 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior in 1968-69 as the Colonials added an influx of scoring Tallent (brothers Bob and Mike), who combined to average 46.7 points that season.
Teammate of Red Auerbach and captain of the Colonials in 1939-40, George Garber twice earned All-District honors during his three seasons from 1937-40. GW won 13 games in each of his three seasons, compiling a 39-18 record. He would later serve as head coach of the Colonials, going 37-15 in two seasons from 1947-49, and was elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Playing alongside Athletic Hall of Famers Joe Gallagher, John Koniszewski and Edsel Gustafson, it was actually Jim Rausch who led GW to the 1943 Southern Conference Championship title. Rausch paced the Colonials with 9.8 points per game in 1942-43, including a team-high 16 points in the 56-40 victory over Duke in the championship game. He earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors that season.
Ralph Kunze was named team MVP in 1960 when he averaged 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds, including 11 points in GW's Jon Feldman-led upset of Jerry West's nationally ranked West Virginia squad. He also averaged 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds over the first 12 games of the 1960-61 season during which GW went on to an improbable run to the Southern Conference tournament title.
J. Dallas Shirley was a standout guard for GW basketball teams of the early 1930s, helping the Colonials compile a 40-15 record from 1932-35. He turned to basketball officiating after graduation and went on to call more than 2,000 games, including serving on the first NBA officiating crew and the lone American referee in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He is one of two GW alumni, along with Red Auerbach, enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1967.
6-foot-7 forward Bill Knorr provided production in the paint to complement the perimeter scoring of teammates and future GW Athletic Hall of Famers Bob and Mike Tallent and Walt Szczerbiak. A transfer from then junior college Robert Morris, Knorr averaged 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 50 career games from 1968-70, including a double-double of 10.0 points and a team best 11.7 rebounds per game as a junior in 1968-69.
A multi-sport star like teammate and fellow GW Athletic Hall of Famer John Koniszewski, Edsel Gustafson also played a key role for the Colonials' basketball team in the 1940s. He was the second-leading scorer with 12 points in GW's 56-40 triumph over Duke in the 1943 Southern Conference Championship game. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Gustafson returned to the Colonials to complete his career and degree in 1947 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
A three-sport star for the Colonials in the early 1940s, John Koniszewski excelled on the gridiron and eventually played for the NFL's Washington Redskins, but also helped GW basketball capture its first-ever conference title with a Southern Conference tournament championship in 1943. He was the team's third-leading scorer with nine points as GW knocked off regular-season champion Duke, 56-40, in the 1943 SoCon Championship game. He was elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
Rodney Patterson played 88 games for GW from 1988-91, but it was the 17 seconds in his 89th career game in 1993 that are most memorable. Patterson totaled 502 points and 230 assists during his first three seasons and was one of the Colonials' first Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selections in 1991. However, he missed all of the 1991-92 season while battling cancer and returned to the team in a limited role for the 1992-93 season. A freshman on GW's 1-27 team in 1988-89, Patterson finished his playing career with those 17 seconds in a win over Southern, celebrating the Colonials' trip to the 1993 NCAA Sweet 16.
Bill Brigham came to GW from Boston University along with head coach Mike Jarvis and, after sitting out the 1990-91 season, helped the Colonials establish their success of the early '90s. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 11.9 points and finished fourth in the A-10 in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game as junior captain in 1991-92. As a senior captain, he provided 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds for a GW team that went 21-9 and made a Cinderella run to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
Among the first international players in GW basketball history, Moti Daniel shined for the Colonials during his two seasons from 1985-87. He became the fifth GW player to earn Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team accolades after averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 26 games as a freshman in 1985-86, then finished second on the 1986-87 team in scoring at 13.1 points while starting all 28 games. He went on to a long and successful professional playing career in his native Israel.
Recruited from nearby Coolidge High School in the district, 6-foot-6 forward Darryl Webster averaged 7.2 points on 46 percent shooting and 3.4 rebounds in 89 career games from 1982-86, playing for three seasons alongside future NBA veteran Mike Brown in the Colonials' frontcourt. GW went 17-12 during a sophomore season in which he provided a career-best 10.0 points per game on 51 percent shooting.
A transfer from Florida, Bob Lindsay only played in 41 games for the Buff and Blue from 1977-79, but proved to be a reliable scorer from the wing. He averaged 12.8 points on 51 percent shooting from the field and better than 82 percent at the foul line. In his first season, he posted five games with 20-or-more points in victories over Maryland, Rutgers, George Mason, Navy and Boston University.
It took only three games into his GW career for Mike O'Reilly to assume the program's starting point guard duties for the next four years from 1982-86. O'Reilly, a high school teammate of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, started 91 of 95 career games and led the Colonials in assists in three of his four seasons (his junior season in 1983-84 was limited to 11 games due to a fractured jaw). He had 110+ assists in those three seasons and ranks sixth all-time with 401 career assists. He also added 6.7 points per game on 51 percent shooting.
Certainly one of the most intelligent basketball players in GW history, 6-foot-5 center Steve Frick also provided points in the paint during his five seasons with the Colonials from 1982-87. He played just 39 games during a injury-laden first three seasons, but flourished once healthy, averaging 11.2 points from 1985-87. Now Dr. Steven Frick, the pre-med major was twice named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American (1986, 1987), served on the university's Board of Trustees and was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Howie Bash complemented some of the highest scoring players in GW history (Jon Feldman, Bucky McDonald, Gene Guarilia) during his career from 1956-60. The 6-foot-3 guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., was noted for spearheading "the Colonials' fast-breaking attack with dazzling speed and agility" in the 1958-59 media brochure. He averaged 8.4 points as a sophomore in 1957-58, and 9.2 points as a senior in 1959-60.
The first member of GW's historic 2005-06 team on the countdown, Regis Koundjia was a key contributor on the Colonials' 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournament teams after transferring from LSU. The lanky 6-foot-8 forward from Bangui, Central African Republic, provided 4.8 points off the bench during the record-setting 27-3 campaign in 2005-06, then averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds on the 2006-07 team that went 23-9 and won the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Tom Tate epitomized the role of pass-first point guard during his four seasons from 1975-79. In 100 career games, Tate hoisted a total of only 178 shots (connecting on an efficient 52 percent of those attempts) and instead focused on getting teammates involved. He had three seasons with 115+ assists, led the Colonials in assists as both a junior (119) and senior (128) and still ranks seventh all-time on GW's career assists list with 392.
As a senior in 1950-51, Art Cerra led GW in scoring with 13.3 points per game, becoming the first Colonials' player to amass more than 300 points in a season. Cerra's teams went 66-35 during his four seasons from 1947-51.
Like backcourt teammate Antoine Hart, Omo Moses helped aid GW basketball's early 1990s renaissance after transferring from Pittsburgh in 1991. He provided 5.4 points per game during the Colonials' run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993, 6.5 points per game in another NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994, then nearly four assists and a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio en route to the NIT as a senior in 1994-95. He was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team in 1992-93 and became the fourth of what is now an A-10-best 13 All-Academic Team selections for GW since the league honor was created in 1990-91.
Another former Colonials' guard turned coach, Joe Dooley has enjoyed a wealth of success in the Division I coaching ranks in his 25 years since graduating from GW in 1988. Dooley played 100 games and averaged 5.8 points for the Buff and Blue from 1984-88, starting 45 times in his final two seasons and serving as captain in 1987-88. Since then he has gone on to serve as assistant coach at South Carolina, East Carolina, New Mexico, Wyoming and Kansas - winning a national championship with the Jayhawks in 2008 - before being named head coach at Florida Gulf Coast this summer.
Antoine Hart is the first on a long list of players who helped jump start the GW program's early 1990s revival. He was a member of three postseason teams, including the Colonials run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993, and averaged 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32 starts his senior season, including a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 111-104 overtime upset of Syracuse in the 1994-95 season opener.
GW won better than 72 percent of its games (57-22) during Howard Hoffman's three seasons from 1946-48 and 1949-50, and after achieving outstanding personal success beyond Foggy Bottom he helped contribute to the Colonials consistent success during the 1990s as a supporter of the program. A longtime university Board of Trustees member, Hoffman was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Mike Brey was connected to GW before even playing his final season of collegiate basketball with the Colonials in 1981-82 (he transferred to Foggy Bottom after three seasons at Northwestern State (La.)) as his mother Betty served as women's swimming coach in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He averaged 5.0 points and led the team with 116 assists in 24 games during that season before embarking on a successful coaching career, first with assistant coaching stints at his nearby scholastic alma mater DeMatha Catholic and Duke, and then nearly two decades as head coach at Delaware and currently Notre Dame. Brey even showed off his #RaiseHigh pride after GW's recent game at Notre Dame in November 2012 by donning a Buff and Blue jersey in the post-game press conference.
Despite playing just two seasons at GW (including the 1967-68 season on the varsity), Garland Pinkston is a noted Colonial because he was the first African-American to play on the varsity for the Buff and Blue men's basketball program. Pinkston averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in his lone varsity season, but his biggest mark was left as a trailblazer for countless future Colonials.
Kevin Peter Hall, or Kevin Hall as he went by during his four years at GW from 1974-77, was the big man on campus around Foggy Bottom before he became a larger-than-life figure in Hollywood. The 7-foot-2 Hall averaged 4.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 103 career games, though his impact is difficult to quantify because blocks weren't an NCAA statistic until 1980. He went on to leave a lasting legacy on America's movie screens with starring roles in Harry and the Hendersons and The Predator franchise before passing away in 1991.