Now that the focus of the GW men’s basketball team has begun to shift ahead, one question about next year’s team will be what head coach Karl Hobbs and his staff have in the recruiting pipeline to follow up this year’s stellar freshman class. Nineteen-year-old GW recruit Nemanja Mikic is at least part of the answer to that question.
Mikic, who is Serbian but came to the United States three years ago and played this year at United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C., verbally committed to GW last week after visiting campus and taking in the Colonials’ loss to Saint Joseph’s.
A forward who described himself as an outside shooter, Mikic said he was attracted to GW by the dual strength of its academic and basketball programs, a combination that Mikic said was a priority for him.
“I always wanted to go to a school that’s really good academically, and then also you could play basketball,” said Mikic, who was also recruited by Charlotte, New Mexico, Harvard, and Princeton, among others.
“It’s like a package, you know,” Mikic added. “You got everything: You’re in a good city, living downtown in a good spot, good people, good program, good academics.”
CBI, CIT interest GW
DAYTON, Ohio – Tuesday’s loss at Dayton ended GW’s hopes of advancing in the Atlantic 10 tournament, but the team’s season might not be completely over.
As head coach Karl Hobbs alluded to in his post-game radio interview, it is possible the Colonials could be invited to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) or CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
“We would be very interested,” Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said. “To get the experience would be great.”
The CBI began in 2008, while the CIT will be held for the first time ever this March. Both tournaments feature 16 teams.