Monday, August 27, 2012

LadySwish mailbag: Potential for big things at George Mason?

We love questions from our readers, and we got one asking about the potential for George Mason to pull off an upset or two given the addition of impact transfer Taylor Brown, a former All-Met Player of the Year who spent her freshman year at Georgetown.

First things first. The 5-7 sophomore is a great get for George Mason, and we wish we didn't have to wait a season to see her on the floor, as she'll sit out 2012-13 due to NCAA transfer rules. But that still means she has three years of eligibility remaining.

We wish Taleia Moton wasn't out of eligibility. We don't know of a player who improved more from her junior to senior season than Moton, who led the Patriots in scoring, minutes, field-goal percentage and steals. The Patriots' crop of nice wins last season behind the CAA first-teamer included a sweep of VCU (first time since 2003-04) and victories over Drexel and ODU.

Minus Moton, they'll need more offense from forwards Amber Easter and Janaa Pickard. But we're expecting big things from a nice recruiting class highlighted by freshman Reana Mohamed, a dynamic shooting guard in high school, and Kyana Jacobs, part of a Pensacola Junior College team that finished third in the NJCAA national championship. Add on 6-4 shot blocker Ondrea Shaw of Coffeyville Community College, whose length and athleticism should give the Patriots a defensive force in the paint.

We love where coach Jeri Porter is going with these team. It's not unthinkable to predict a nonconference upset or two, but we really like their chances when Brown is eligible in 2013-14.

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