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Another Non-Funny George Mason Item

Anyone who watched the Mason-VCU game on Wednesday will remember that sixth man Jamal Shuler was an absolute Mason-killer. He made 7 of 10 shots, hit 3 of 6 three-pointers and scored 17 points, including 12 in the second half when VCU pulled away. Plus he kept doing this thing where he was pounding on his chest with his left hand and holding his right hand in the air, with his pinky and middle finger extended. I figured this was sure to yield a hilarious blog post. Ha ha.

Not so much. Shuler's aunt, he told me, is on her death bed. She's been battling cancer, and a few weeks ago she took a turn for the worse. Last Wednesday, Shuler told his teammates about this. His aunt, Denise Wilkes, is a huge VCU fan, and is in love with this team. She can't watch the games any more, but she still awaits scores and highlights. Shuler's dedicated his season to his aunt; he wrote her initials on his bandage after he took a shot to the face and needed stitches.

So anyhow, Shuler figured out how to spell out his aunt's initials with his right hand; the middle finger, along with the thumb and index finger, forms a lower-case D; then, in conjunction with the bent ring finger and the stretched out pinky, it forms a W.

"Just coming up ways to try to express my love for her and my family, trying to keep my family strong," he said. "Just playing for her, trying to keep her spirits up, keep her strong."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2007; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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