Hoops Notes

Cermignano out
GW women’s basketball team assistant coach Lisa Cermignano accepted the same position at Vanderbilt University, Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said Wednesday. Cermignano, a graduate of the GW class of 1997, joined the coaching staff in 2001 as an administrative assistant and had served as assistant coach since 2002. She was an assistant coach at Maryland and Monmouth prior to her arriving at GW. As a player, Cermignano helped GW to two Sweet 16s (1995 and 1997) and ranks second on GW’s career three-pointers made list.
Simmonds not drafted
Senior Jessica Simmonds was not selected in Wednesday’s WNBA draft. Although mentioned as a prospect, Simmonds was not expected to be selected in the three-round draft. The Chicago Sky selected Temple star Candace Dupree with the sixth overall pick.
Hobbs staying, for now
GW head men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs is not in job negotiations with any teams right now, Kvancz said. Hobbs said he is “ecstatic” about staying at GW and has no interest in leaving. Hobbs spoke to the University of Cincinnati last month, but the Bearcats ended up hiring Mick Cronin.
No. 19 in the final
The GW men’s basketball team finished the 2005-2006 season where it started: ranked in the top 25 of men’s college basketball. GW, ranked 19th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, is the lowest-ranked area team. The newly crowned national champion Florida finished atop the poll, followed by Final Four participants UCLA and LSU. Connecticut and Villanova, which both lost in the Elite Eight, rounded out the top five. George Mason finished ranked eighth and Georgetown ended the season ranked 16th.

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