By Ken Cross
The George Washington Colonials opened the first practice of 2017-18 as a more stable program with coach Maurice Joesph being in control from the beginning. Last season, Joseph took over for deposed coach Mike Lonergan in mid-September and posted 20 wins as he was able to get the attention of his players and get them on the same page with immediacy.
Now, he has been through his first summer and the recruiting periods as head coach and sees a Colonials team with plenty of athleticism & versatility as nine newcomers join four key returnees from a year ago.
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Yuri Wantanabe steps in as the go-to player with Tyler Cavanaugh graduating a year ago and he will be flanked by returnees in forward Arnoldo Toro and guard Jair Bolden. Graduate Student Patrick Steeves will also figure in.
“We have four or five guys on this team that can guard four positions, and maybe two that can guard five positions,” said Joseph, “That’s huge when you’re scouting and you don’t have to be so specific about who can guard who.”