Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness

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Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness

Like most schools, George Mason's Midnight Madness event is not simply about ginning up excitement for the upcoming season. Showing off the program to potential recruits is most definitely another component and one the Patriots focused on Friday night at the Patriot Center.

At least seven prospects attended the festivities on the Fairfax campus, a source familiar with the proceedings told CSNwashington.com.

Members of the 2014 class included guards Evan Taylor (Paul VI), John Crosby (Baltimore Polytechnic), 6-foot-4 Omari George (Baltimore/City College High), and New Jersey products Abdul Lewis and Ishmael Sanogo.

Middleburg Academy (Va.) small forward Delonte Jones and teammate Brandon Alston , a 6-foot-4 guard from Vienna, represented the 2015 class.

Definitively linking players to a specific program two and three years away is largely unwise, but Patriots coach Paul Hewitt continues his aggressive pursuit of talent in and outside the DMV. Recent commitments include incoming freshman guard and All-Met Player of the Year Patrick Holloway (Paul VI) and Jalen Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 power forward from the Bronx (NY).

The 6-foot-3 Taylor, who is reportedly also considering West Virginia and Wake Forest, is described by ESPN's college basketball recruiting site as "a skilled and smart point guard with excellent size and length. His passing and ability to make open shots allows him to positively affect the game."

Taylor ranks 24th at his position among members of the 2014 class per ESPN, five slots ahead of the 6-foot-2 Crosby.

Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Drexel are other schools in the hunt for George, according to Rivals.com.

The 6-foot-7 Lewis and Sanogo, a 6-foot-5 combo forward, both played last season for East Side (N.J.).

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.