Hewitt hired at George Mason

30 Apr

Paul Hewitt takes over a loaded George Mason team.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The cyclical world of college basketball reared its head on Saturday as a former ACC coach took over an open head coaching position at a Colonial Athletic Association school that was vacated by a coach who left for the ACC.

Dizzy?

Welcome to the coaching carousel.

Paul Hewitt accepted in principle to become the new head coach at George Mason University. He replaces long time coach Jim Larranaga who left the school to take over the Miami job.

Hewitt inherits a terrific team, a group that could be in the preseason top 25 polls. Cam Long, the team’s leading scorer, and Isaiah Tate, a 20 minute per game player, were both seniors. Rashad Whack announced he is transferring.

The team returns nine players that can all be major rotation guys.

Hewitt has natural ties to the New York City area, a recruiting hub that George Mason has had success in. The D.C. area is one of the most fertile hoops recruiting grounds in the country.

The key, as always, are the assistant coaches. Hewitt has not hired or even developed a solid list of candidates at this point, sources say. The National Hoops Report has learned that all three assistant positions will need to be filled. None of Hewitt’s old assistants are likely to join him at the CAA school.

Hewitt will be formally announced on Sunday at George Mason.

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