Courtesy George Mason Athletics.
(Courtesy George Mason Athletics)

This is the summer of basketball court design changes for mid-major schools in the greater D.C. area. Seriously, that’s the official name of this summer. Look it up.

George Washington changed, adopting a D.C. skyline. Old Dominion will change, choosing a Virginia-shaped lion thing. James Madison just announced its own change, going big with Duke Dog. (See below.)

And George Mason also made wholesale changes, although in a much more subtle manner.

Here’s the new floor at the Patriot Center. (See the old one here.) The floor was sanded bare and finished with a lighter stain that was previously used. The “Mason Nation” and shooting star logos inside the arcs were replaced. Both baselines now read “George Mason” — the old floor had “Patriots” at one end. And two Atlantic 10 logos have been added to the court.

Some fans will no doubt wish the school had chosen something more outlandish. Others will no doubt give thanks that the Patriots opted for simplicity over flamboyance. For flamboyance, though, JMU wins.

(Thx to GMU Hoops.)