Men’s basketball to take part in preseason scrimmage

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Viewers can stream the event on Zoom, where the raised fist now painted on the Smith Center floor will make its debut.

Men’s basketball will host an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday, according to a tweet.

The team will tipoff at the Buff and Blue Scrimmage at 5 p.m. Viewers can stream the event on the athletic department’s YouTube channel and join head coach Jamion Christian afterward for a Q&A session about the team.

Prior to the team’s first game last season, men’s basketball hosted an open practice to introduce the team to the GW community. The squad also squared off with Division III Hood College in an exhibition match before its season opener, downing the Blazers 83–55.

Fans will get a chance to see the new team in action, which features seven new additions to its roster. Three freshmen – center Noel Brown and guards Tyler Brelsford and Lincoln Ball – will hit the hardwood for the first time this season.

Four transfers – sophomore guard James Bishop, junior forward Ricky Lindo Jr. and graduate students Matt Moyer, a forward, and Brandon Leftwich, a guard – also joined the roster this season.

Moyer and Leftwich are immediately eligible this year, and Bishop was granted an NCAA transfer waiver to play for the Colonials this season. Lindo Jr. will need to sit on the sidelines this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Junior forward Sloan Seymour, who played a season at Siena under Christian before transferring to GW, will also take the court for the first time as a Colonial after sitting out last season as a transfer. Sophomore forward Hunter Dean, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, will also be able to take the court after the fall semester.

An updated court design will be on full display in the scrimmage. The athletic department unveiled a painting of a raised fist and the letters “BLM” – an abbreviation of Black Lives Matter – onto the court earlier this month.

After its scrimmage, the squad will be back in action Nov. 25 to open the season at the Veterans Classic. The Colonials will face off with Navy at noon.

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