Men’s Basketball Season to Begin Nov. 9 against Vermont

Posted: August 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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In less than 10 weeks, the George Mason men’s basketball team will begin practice for the 2007-08 season.

The Patriots very nearly made a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season before falling to Virginia Commonwealth University in the final moments of the CAA Championship game.

The Patriots, with five starters returning, will look for a second trip to the Big Dance in three years.

Season ticket holders should be receiving ticket renewal information in the mail this week, and with 14 home games on the schedule, fans will certainly get their money’s worth.

While the schedule has not been finalized, the season opener has been set for Friday, Nov. 9, when Mason hosts the University of Vermont Catamounts at the Patriot Center.

Later in November, the Patriots will be the first team to open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play when they host Drexel University.

That evening will be the first chance for Mason fans to see their three newest Patriots take the court in their first collegiate game. Freshmen Cameron Long, Vlad Moldoveanu and Isaiah Tate will be looking to make an impact.

They will join returning starters Folarin Campbell, Jordan Carter, Darryl Monroe, Dre Smith and Will Thomas as well as Louis Birdsong, Chris Fleming, Jesus Urbina and John Vaughan.

Thomas was named second-team All-CAA last year and earned his second-straight selection to the CAA All-Defensive Team. Campbell was named third-team All-CAA. Smith was named to the CAA All-Tournament team. Carter had the third-best season in school history in terms of accuracy from three-point range, making 46 percent of his three-pointers. Monroe played in all 33 games last year, and he shot 71.4 percent from the field in Mason’s CAA Tournament run. Vaughan is Mason’s top three-point shooter off the bench; Fleming and Urbina provide depth in the post; and Birdsong is a versatile wing player who can play a face-up game or with his back to the basket.

Long, a 6′ 4″ point guard out of Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Va., averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as a junior.

Moldoveanu, a 6’10” forward from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., spent last summer on the Under-18 Romanian National Team, and he won a gold medal at the FIBA European Championships. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Tate, a 6’3″ shooting guard from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., is a sharpshooter from long range. He made 44 percent of his baskets from three-point range as a junior, while shooting 91 percent from the free-throw line.

Fans interested in season tickets should call the Mason Ticket Office at 703-993-3270.

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