George Washington vs Navy Preview
Jameer Nelson vs Cam Davis
Maceo Jack vs John Carter Jr
Jamison Battle vs Greg Summers
Keep an eye on:
The Point Guard Battle: between GW's sophomore floor general Jameer Nelson Jr and Navy's All Patriot second team point guard Cam Davis. Nelson Jr showed all conference potential last season as a freshman, establishing himself as one of the more exciting players to watch in the A-10. Nelson averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game, yet decision making and efficiency shooting the ball plague him throughout the season. With a year of maturity, experience and a LONG summer in the gym to work on his game, I expect a sharper sophomore season from the dynamic playmaker.
Davis returns as the leader in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assist (2.5 apg) for Navy. The 6'1 senior is a very crafty scorer, especially off the bounce and while he's a streaky shooter, he can score from all three levels. One of the more impressive performances from Davis last season came in a hard fought loss at Virginia where he finished with a game high 19 points and 3 assists on 7-12 shooting from the field and 4-8 shooting from deep.
It will be an entertaining battle between these two floor generals on BOTH ends all game long. It's a team game, however, I feel, the point guard that controls the game the best Wednesday afternoon will ensure a win for their respective team.
George Washington's Depth: up front is a HUGE advantage I'm sure head coach Jamion Christian will look to exploit. Navy has four players on their roster between 6'6 and 6'8, George Washington has EIGHT players on their roster between 6'6 and 6'11. When you add in the versatility to go along with the Colonials size up front, it's hard not to imagine it being a long night up front for the Midshipmen. Keep a close eye on 6'7 sophomore sniper Jamison Battle who led the A-10 in made threes (89) and 6'9 Chase Paar who is primed to challenge for an all conference nod this season.