It isn't often that you can lose a Division I recruit and replace him by plugging in another D-1 player.
But that's what George Washington has done this season, helping fill the void left by all-stater Luke Eddy - who's now at Elon - with Virginia Military Institute signee Jon Elmore.
Elmore sank 29 points in his first game with the Patriots, an 84-74 home loss to Capital - for one game more than matching the 26.2 scoring average Eddy turned in last season.
Speaking of matching, it isn't often that GW feels like it's overmatched, but coach Rick Greene admitted as much following last week's opening loss to the Cougars.
"I felt like we had to stay in our zone,'' Greene said, "because they were so much quicker. But then they shot the ball well.
"I thought we did some things well, and we did some things not so well. But we just really didn't have an answer. They were just better than we were tonight.''
Carrington Morris, who averaged a shade over 20 points per game for the Cougars last year, tallied 32 in the opening win.
Greene admitted there's going to be a learning curve for his players in getting used to being on the floor with Elmore, the former South Charleston standout who played last year at Christ School in North Carolina.
"There is,'' Greene said, "and I don't mean that as an excuse. We're a long way from being how good we can be. [Capital] was obviously the better team tonight.''
Following Wednesday's game at Spring Valley and Friday's home date with St. Albans, GW figures to be tested again Saturday when it meets up with Paul Blazer from Ashland, Ky., during the FCA Hoops Classic at the Civic Center.
Paul Blazer, which went 23-10 last season, is off to a 4-1 start this year.
Willing to wait
Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland is willing to put up with the growing pains - for now - with his backcourt after losing a pair of three-year regulars to graduation.