BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The story was vintage Phil Martelli. It was also true and confirmed by Martelli himself. At the Atlantic 10 media day in early October, Paul Hewitt of George Mason was recalling a conversation he had with Martelli over the summer. This took place at one of those prep showcases/tournaments when coaches are afforded the opportunity to get out and see players they are targeting for recruiting. “We talked about how our league meetings could conflict with the live evaluation periods and that should be taken into consideration,” Hewitt recalled. Martelli agreed and continued by asking, “Paul, when are your league meetings?”
Martelli was serious but can be forgiven. In a conference where you are figuring how to compete with a VCU, Saint Louis and La Salle, to name a few, please excuse the Saint Joseph’s mentor for forgetting the conference just added another program of distinction in George Mason.
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