Tony Taylor, left, is one of four returning starters for George Washington this season. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
Players to watch

Senior PG Tony Taylor leads a cast of four starters back from last season. Taylor was first on the Colonials in scoring, assists and steals last season, when he was named second-team all-Atlantic 10. Sophomore F Nemanja Mikic led the conference in three-pointers, and his 43.6 percent was tops among freshmen nationally last season.

Three story lines

New boss: Mike Lonergan begins his first season as coach, but he’s no stranger to the area. A Bowie native, Lonergan coached at Catholic from 1992 through 2004 — winning the Division III national title in 2001 — and was an assistant to Gary Williams at Maryland in 2004-05. Most recently at Vermont, Lonergan directed the Catamounts to three America East regular season titles and three conference championship games.

Back in the fold: Junior G Lasan Kromah appears on track to play this season after a foot injury kept him out all of 2010-11. Kromah averaged 11.8 points and made a team-high 48 points as a freshman.

Fully loaded: The Colonials have back more than three-fourths of their scoring, rebounds and assists from last season, when they finished 17-14 and tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10.


Lonergan has a proven track record, and with plenty of talent on the roster, the Colonials have their sights set on getting to the Atlantic 10 tournament final and perhaps an appearance in the NCAA tournament, which they last reached in 2007.

— Gene Wang