Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Bamisile, Bishop, Freeman Earn Postseason Honors

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Bamisile, Bishop, Freeman Earn Postseason Honors

Colonials have multiple All-Conference honorees for first time since 2016

GW men's basketball, fresh off its best regular season conference finish since 2016-17, earned a trio of recognitions in the Atlantic 10's postseason awards announced on Tuesday.

Joe Bamisile and James Bishop both earned a spot on the All-Conference Third Team, while first-year Brayon Freeman was named to the All-Rookie squad. GW is the most decorated program in the A-10 when it comes to postseason honors with 119 in its history, including 56 All-Conference honorees and 24 members of the All-Rookie team.

GW placed multiple members on the All-Conference team for the first time since 2015-16 when Patricio Garino and Tyler Cavanaugh were second-team selections. After not having an All-Rookie selection from 2012-19, GW has now had two in three years under head coach Jamion Christian.

Bamisile, in his first year with the program after transferring from Virginia Tech, tied for the A-10 lead with 11 20-point games, including a league-best eight against conference foes. He was one of just two players in the league to have multiple games of 29 or more points vs. A-10 teams. The Chesterfield, Va., native also topped the conference in total points during league play, finishing third in points per game with 18.0. Overall, he was eighth in the circuit with 16.0 PPG and also top 10 in field goal percentage, field goal attempts, field goal makes and total points.

Bishop, who couples his postseason honor with a Preseason Second Team recognition, was fourth in the A-10 with 16.8 PPG during the season and also fourth during conference play, when he improved his output to 17.5 PPG. The Baltimore native finished with 10 games of 20 or more points, including seven against A-10 competition. He topped the loop in field goal attempts and was third in free throw percentage, fourth in total points and seventh in field goal makes.

Freeman burst onto the scene in his debut campaign, finishing with a round 10.0 PPG to go along with 3.6 APG and 1.3 SPG. He was one of just seven freshmen to average those rates nationally. Among his A-10 rookies, the DC product was second in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, third in steals and fourth in points per game, ranking in the top 15 overall in the league in each category. In the process, he became the first GW rookie since Carl Elliott in 2003-04 to contribute at least 100 assists in a single season.

The trio will headline seventh-seeded GW's Atlantic 10 Championship run starting on Thursday at Capital One Arena in Downtown DC. The Colonials open action against No. 10 seed Massachusetts at 6 PM.