Kevin Ollie's 2013 recruiting class is coming together nicely. The latest addition, 6-5 Lasan Kromah, formerly of George Washington, will add more experience and talent to a backcourt that already possesses plenty of both.
And like his new backcourt mates, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, Kromah doesn't seem to lack confidence. “I can score, I can rebound,” Kromah told the Hartford Courant last week, “with my athletic ability, my size, my length, I feel like I can be a game-changer … an impact player.”
Nothing wrong with a player believing in himself but Kromah's not alone. GW assistant coach Pete Strickland echoed those sentiments.
He definitely has the ability to score the ball," Strickland told the New Haven Register's David Borges. "He has a very instinctive ability to get to the rim. He doesn't really fit a type -- he's not a 'classic' anything -- he just has a unique ability to get to the rim. He's got great length to him and a nice nose for the basket."
And Kromah's not just a one-dimensional player. He's a force on both ends of the court.
"Defensively, because of his length, he's kind of disarming," Strickland continued. "He had nine steals in a game (on Dec. 28, 2011, against UAB) that set a school record. He just kind of unfolds. You think you have a pass ... now you don't."
Unlike last season, Ollie and his team will enter 2013 with plenty of expectations. But they also return all five starters, add three freshman recruits and Kromah. There's no reason to think that this group won't improve on the 20-win campaign from a year ago. And this time, the postseason is in play.