Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball Ranking of top 10 mid-major winners of 2024 offseason

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No. 6: George Mason

The 2023-24 season marked significant changes across the board for the Patriots, with the most notable being Tony Skinn taking over as head coach following Kim English's departure for Providence. Nonetheless, it was a solid season for George Mason, who went 20-12 overall (9-9 A-10) in a season that was highlighted by an upset victory over then no. 16 Dayton. The win over Dayton marked the Patriots' first home victory over a top 25 opponent.

However, the Patriots look to still be on the upswing, as they have made several significant additions in the portal this year. George Mason's incoming transfer class is highlighted by the addition of KD Johnson, who spent the last three seasons at Auburn and was a key contributor for the Tigers in each of those years. Last season saw Johnson average 7.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 1.3 apg with the Tigers, all of which were among his career lows due to a reduced role. Nonetheless, Johnson will be getting a fresh start and have an elevated role with George Mason, and with four years of high-major experience, he could prove to be a game-changer for the Patriots.

Outside of Johnson, the Patriots have landed commitments from Iona guard Jeremiah Quigley, UMass Lowell guard Brayden O'Connor, FGCU forward Zach Anderson, and Siena big man Giovanni Emejuru. The solid mix of incoming guards, forwards, and big men will help bolster the George Mason bench and starting five. The A-10 looks to be up for grabs this year, and the Patriots have been near the top in terms of bringing in quality pieces this offseason and could prove to be a contender in the conference.