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Question of the Day
In 2005, Austin Jackson opted for a pro baseball career rather than play college basketball. Two years later, Javaris Crittenton departed after one season. In both situations, Georgia Tech did not have an immediate solution and suffered as a result.
“I don’t think I’ll get caught short again ever,” Hewitt said. “People say, ‘Well, you don’t have to worry about that here at Mason.’ Well, we’re going to try to recruit the best players in the country. We may end up in a position where we lose a guy early. But [the same problem] is not going to happen again. I promise you that.”
Hewitt is, though, thinking big. He is intrigued at the possibility of recruiting internationally for a D.C.-area school and made staff hires with that possibility in mind. Emboldened by the recent postseason runs of Butler, Virginia Commonwealth and, yes, Mason, an extended stay in March is far from unfathomable.
The interlude of self-reflection was helpful. The landing spot, it turned out, was even better.
“I can definitely tell you that what we have here in terms of a beautiful place to recruit to, the campus is great, the academic reputation is just growing each and every day and there’s a lot of players in this area,” Hewitt said. “I think we have the ability to compete for a national championship. That’s why I decided to jump back in at this place.”
And once again, time is flying for George Mason’s new coach.
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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