After starting the same lineup for four games, George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs apparently felt the need to make a change for the BB&T Classic on Sunday. Travis King and Hermann Opoku started for the Colonials against Maryland in the place of Rob Diggs and Wynton Witherspoon.
“We just felt that we wanted to play guys that were working a little bit harder in practice,” Hobbs said.
Asked if Diggs and Witherspoon hadn’t been working hard in practice, Hobbs said: “I just felt like I wanted to a change in the starting lineup. I get those occasions where being the head coach occasionally I get the opportunity where I can change the starting lineup.”
Asked if Diggs and Witherspoon were being punished, Hobbs said: “Once again, I’m the head coach and so I get those moments at times when I like to change my starting lineups. Next game you’ll probably see another change in the starting lineups.”
Asked a second time if Diggs and Witherspoon were being punished, Hobbs said: “Once again, I’m the head basketball coach at George Washington University, and if you know my past, you know I’ve always changed starting lineups a great deal. Last year, I had probably the most changes in starting lineups of any team in the country and this year we may head toward that same direction.”
Diggs, the team’s third-leading scorer (10.5 ppg) and leading rebounder (9.5 rpg), played 22 minutes, about seven minutes less than his average. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Witherspoon scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in 19 minutes.
The lineup change allowed Hobbs to start Travis King and Tony Taylor together in the backcourt. King, who missed last season with a knee injury, was expected to be the Colonials’ starting point guard, however, Taylor, a freshman, has capably filled that position.
“We’re just trying to prepare for the future and we’ve got to get Travis ready,” Hobbs said. “We’ve got to get him and Tony playing together because that’s what I envision in the future. With that being said, Travis is not 100 percent as of yet. But he’s coming around, hopefully over the next game or two, physically he’ll be 100 percent.”
December 7, 2008; 11:46 PM ET
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