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Greatest Mason Basketball Player of All Time

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Walter, Aug 26, 2020.

  1. Walter

    Walter Hall of Famer

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    Have we done a Greatest Mason Basketball Player contest/poll? We should identify 16 players and vote via poll on who is ultimately the Greatest Mason Basketball Player of all time.

    List your favorites in the comments. The 16 players mentioned the most will be in the Sweet 16. Each decade must have at least one player. Pairings will be based on most mentions. Any POY is automatically in regardless of mentions.

    Edit: List your top 10 in the comments

    Edit: POYs: Evans, Pearson, Sanders, and Yates.

    Edit: Last day to post your list is Labor Day
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2020
  2. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

    CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY All-American

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    George Evans if not one of the 80's guys is fine. If Evans was too old but you are too young and worthless to remember the 80's, let's go Will Thomas.

    Too lazy to do more.
  3. sleeperpick

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    Will Thomas
    George Evans
    Ryan Pearson
    Mike Mo
    Ike Tate
    Otis Livingston II
    AJ Wilson
  4. Walter

    Walter Hall of Famer

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    Damn it, Jollay, you are better than this. Well, maybe not, but try harder.
  5. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    Top 10
    Will Thomas
    George Evans
    Kenny Sanders
    Carlos Yates
    Rudolph Jones
    Ryan Pearson
    Rob Rose
    Cam Long
    Curtis McCants
    Jai Lewis

    Should also receive consideration
    Andre Gaddy
    Myron Contee - not among the greatest but one of my all time favorites.
    Folarin Campbell
    Lamar Butler
    Mike Morrison
    Tony Skinn
    Jason Miskiri
    Ricky Wilson
    Sherrod Wright
    Nate Langley
    Marquise Moore (Senior Year)
    Erik Herring
  6. tblack33

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    Sherrod big shot Wright probably isn’t it, but def should be in the conversation. Marquise easily has the best single season IMO but don’t think he’s there if you are looking at it as a career.
  7. Patriotsince81

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    Agreed, they are both in my receive consideration category.
  8. Patriotsince81

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    Ultimately for me it's really down to two....... George Evans and Will Thomas. Both are #1 in my book. My 2 cents.
  9. gmutom

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    I would say these are the top 10 players of all time (in order in which they played), and I think you could make an argument for either Carlos Yates or George Evans as the best player ever.

    Andre Gaddy
    Carlos Yates
    Ricky Wilson
    Rob Rose
    Robert Dykes
    George Evans
    Kenny Sanders
    Will Thomas
    Ryan Pearson
    Lamar Butler

    Honorable mention: Jai Lewis, Cam Long, Sherrod Wright
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  10. Pablo

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    I agree that Ricky Wilson (the only Patriot to play in the NBA playoffs) should be in the top 10. But, why no mention of Nate Langley, Curtis McCants, Jason Miskiri (the last Patriot to play in the NBA), or Erik Herring?
  11. Patriotsince81

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    You obviously didn't read my post. ;)
  12. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm only a fan for the last 18 years so my apologies for not including Carlos Yates or George Evans, merely because I never saw them play. But based on how I feel, this is how I would list today:

    10. Shevon Thompson
    9. Mike Morrison
    8. Marquise Moore
    7. Sherrod Wright
    6. Ryan Pearson
    5. Will Thomas
    4. Otis Livingston
    3. Cam Long
    2. Jai Lewis
    1. Lamar Butler

    Honorable Mention and personal favorite even though he left for Louisville: Luke Hancock

    Joke List top 5

    5. Petersen
    4. DeAndre Abraham (notice Abraham not Abram)
    3. Erik Copes
    2. Danny Dixon (for @sleeperpick)
    1. Anali Okoloji (for @CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY )
  13. gmutom

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    There are a lot of players I considered for my honorable mention, and I agree Langley and Miskiri are worthy of being added. Given your knowledge of Mason's hoops history, I'd love to see your Top 10.

    General note: I don't think seeing the players should be a prerequisite for anybody in this thread listing specific guys in their Top 10. I never saw Andre Gaddy play, but I know from doing research that he absolutely belongs on the list. I also never saw Babe Ruth play, but I would definitely list him in my Top 10 of greatest baseball players ever.
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  14. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

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    I will do a list over the weekend...in the meantime I am not too lazy to criticize others who actually do the work.
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  15. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

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    All this time, if we just had recruited another Ike Tate you would have been happy?

    Also, you listed seven instead of the ten Walter requested.

    Lazy f*ck.
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  16. Petey Buckets

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    In my era (2005 and beyond) it's Will Thomas. Best combination of counting stats, team accomplishments, and pure unstoppability in clutch moments. I'm sitting on my couch reading this thread and getting irrationally angry Kaufman has him #5. This thread will probably get locked.

    It's cool hearing the olds talk about the guys I never saw but I've never really dug in enough to have much of an opinion, beyond that Yates and Evans were obviously monsters.

    Cam, Sherrod, Otis, Lamar, Folarin, Jai, Pearson, and Mike Mo are the next eight. Would have to think harder about who gets the 10 spot between Allen, Marquise, Tony, and maybe a couple others.
  17. gmutom

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  18. Pablo

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    Will Thomas was selected 3 times to the CAA All-Defensive Team (2006, 2007, & 2008), and was 8-0 (in high school and college including the NCAA Elite 8) vs. Rudy Gay. Thomas was definitely the best Mason player of Petey's era.
  19. G M U

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    It's Will Thomas, case closed.
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  20. Pablo

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    Tom,

    I concur with the first 9 of your Top 10. But, as much as I liked Lamar Butler who had an immediate impact on the program, I don't believe that he was good enough defensively to warrant Top 10. IMO, Cam Long was a better all-around guard than Lamar.

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