First class: Hobbs’ first recruits to play last home game

On Saturday afternoon, GW’s most prolific class in recent memory will play its final game in the comfort of the Smith Center.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Omar Williams, Mike Hall and Alex Kireev, comprising Coach Karl Hobbs’ first recruiting class, have seen it all: from the gutters of the Atlantic 10 Conference and a 12-16 season, to being the No. 6 team in the country. Chicago’s Mike Hall came to GW over Princeton and has been one of the emotional leaders of the team. Mensah-Bonsu, a London native, is the only of the four who will not be playing in the contest (see STORY, p. 1). Mensah-Bonsu, along with Hall, chose a return to GW over the professional ranks.

Williams and Kireev have also been major contributors to the program. Williams is averaging 7.4 points per game this year, while Kireev is averaging 2.4 points a contest and playing more minutes in Mensah-Bonsu’s absence.

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