George Washington Men's Basketball Media Day
George Washington hosted it's annual media day to introduce the 2016-2017 men's and women's basketball team's respectively. The men's program is coming off a successful season with an 2016 NIT Championship and a eventful summer to say the least with a head coaching change and graduation of Joe McDonald, Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen, undoubtedly one of the best classes in Colonial history. Those three combined to start 383 games in their careers. GW now looks to former assistant Maurice Joseph to guide the program as interim head coach. Joseph has been key to the Colonials recent success and development of perimeter players, which includes Olympian and All A-10 guard Patricio Garino. Joseph's passion and enthusiasm for the game and connection with players is rare and should contribute greatly to the success of the program moving forward. A-10 player of the year candidate Tyler Cavanaugh took the league by storm last season. Cavanaugh averaged 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point territory in helping lead GW to the Postseason NIT Championship, earning the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. During the five game NIT Championship run, Cavanaugh played his best to date, averaging 19.4 points and 9 rebounds while shooting an insane 50 percent (11-22 3-FG) from deep. The Colonials despite a talented crop of freshman, transfers and returning players will lean heavily on Cavanaugh to remain among the best in A-10 this upcoming season. Head Coach Maurice Joseph, Graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh and senior guard Matt Hart spoke at media day about the obvious transition during the summer with the coaching change, the leadership Cavanaugh and Hart is implementing daily with the team and the 8th place ranking in the A-10 preseason poll.
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