The calendar doesn't lie: Only three weeks until the official start of the college basketball season and just two months before the first games tip on November 8. Seems like a good time to check in on all things happening with the local hoops programs in the DMV...
* Turns out Thursday was a popular day for local programs announcing their respective 2013-14 schedules:
- Even with the new-look Big East, formidable describes Georgetown's overall schedule. The season opens in South Korea against Oregon then follows with the Puerto Rico tip-off plus games at Kansas and against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. The home non-conference schedule lacks for high profile or well-known opponents, though there are potential land mines. Considering the lack of high-end teams in this version of the Big East (compared to previous seasons) and on the home schedule, those road and neutral site non-conference will take on extra significance come NCAA tournament resume time.
- George Washington's slate includes opening the Wooden Classic against Miami (Fl), a trip to Kansas State, a visit from Shaka Smart's VCU Rams and Georgia plus a home-and-home series against George Mason, the newest member of the Atlantic 10.
- Hopefully the Patriots have winning momentum entering the A-10 season because the schedule makers did Paul Hewitt's program no favors. George Mason opens conference play Jan. 9 at VCU, followed by home dates against Saint Joseph's and UMass. All three foes are among the projected contenders in the A-10 this season. The Patriots face American on November 8 in their overall season opener, meet Oklahoma in the BB&T Classic (Dec. 8) and open the Diamond Head Classic against Iowa State on Dec. 22.
*Changes for George Washington's future backcourt, starting with the program landing 2014 point guard Paul Jorgensen, CSNwashington confirmed. According to a source familiar with the player and the program, the 6-foot-2 , North New Jersey native has combo guard skills, meaning he can play alongside or backup starter Joe McDonald. The just-turned 17-year-old flashed his shooting prowess during summer tournaments for New Heights.
Jorgensen joins swingman Darian Bryant (St. John's) and forward Anthony Swan (Virginia Episcopal) in GW"s 2014 class.
While Jorgensen is coming in, Domonique Bull is heading out before ever playing a second, the school announced on Friday. The former Missouri transfer was to sit out the 2013-14 season, but has now withdrawn from George Washington.
*From a few days back:
- Dan Martin on Maryland landing a Penn State transfer. More interesting, he's the son of a former Terp All-Time great.
- Besides the season opener at George Mason, American's schedule includes games at Ohio State, Mount St. Mary's and a home matchup against crosstown foe Howard on December 4.
- Speaking of Mount St. Mary's, coach Jamion Christian clearly isn't messing around. The first three games: at West Virginia, at Villanova, at Brigham Young. Later in the season, additional road games at Michigan State, Penn State and Texas Tech. Don't be surprised if the Mount pull off an upset along the way. Christian's version of the Smart's "Havoc" defense helped MSM reached the Northeast Conference Tournament finals last year.