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Armwood scores 23; GW beats Manhattan 67-55

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Armwood scores 23; GW beats Manhattan 67-55

WASHINGTON (AP) Isaiah Armwood scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and George Washington overcame 23 turnovers to beat Manhattan 67-55 Sunday in the opening game of the BB&T Classic.

Armwood, a senior forward, went 8 for 12 from the field and made all seven of his free throws for the Colonials (4-3), who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

RaShawn Stores had 11 points and six rebounds for the Jaspers (2-4). The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school went 1-2 in a three-game stretch against Atlantic 10 opponents.

Manhattan's George Beamon, averaging 19.3 points entering the game, shot 3 for 13 from the field and finished with nine points. He missed a breakaway dunk with 2:06 to play that would have cut the deficit to four after a GW turnover.

The game was tied at 32 at halftime, and neither team led by double digits until GW closed the game with a 15-6 run. The Colonials went 10 for 11 from the free-throw line over the final four minutes of a foul-heavy game.

Manhattan committed 24 fouls and had three players foul out. GW was whistled for 19 and had one player disqualified.

Lasan Kromah added 18 points for the Colonials. Patricio Garino had 10.

For the second straight season, George Washington's coaches and players took the subway to the Verizon Center for the BB&T Classic, located four stops away from the Colonials' Foggy Bottom campus.

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

The first round of the NBA Draft played out expectedly for what the Wizards had planned for the night. In Troy Brown, they clearly got the guy they wanted all along, seeing as there were many interesting prospects they passed on to choose him.

The second round was a bit more chaotic. Team president Ernie Grunfeld said there were a few players picked just ahead of them at No. 44 that they had their eyes on. They contemplated trading up, but no perfect deals were presented.

So, they decided to think long-term, like really long-term. In choosing Ukrainian point guard Issuf Sanon, the Wizards understand it may be years before he plays in the NBA.

"We hope to have him developed in a few years," Grunfeld said.

Sanon, just 18, plays for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He may stay in Europe into his 20s before he comes to the United States.

The Wizards have utilized the draft-and-stash model with other players. Their 2015 second round pick, Aaron White, has been playing in Europe for the past three seasons.

Sometimes those players never convey and contribute for the Wizards. But sometimes they do and Grunfeld pointed to a player already on their roster as a model to consider.

"We drafted Tomas [Satoransky] at an earlier age, he went overseas [and] he played at the highest level and it got him ready for the NBA," Grunfeld said.

The difference between now and then is that the Wizards have a G-League franchise starting this fall, the Capital City Go-Go. Because of that, it seemed more likely going into the draft that the Wizards would use the second round pick on a guy who can play there right away. 

Grunfeld, however, opted for roster flexibility. By keeping Sanon in Europe, the Wizards can have another open roster spot. They could either fill that spot, or leave spots on the end of their roster open as they did for much of last season.

"We want to preserve a roster spot, so just because you draft someone in your second round, if you sign him, he still has a roster spot even if you let him play for the GoGo," Grunfeld said.

Sanon may have a bright future. He is a 6-foot-4 point guard with impressive athleticism who doesn't turn 19 until October. He said he models his game after Russell Westbrook, as a guard who can score the ball.

The Wizards passed on several interesting prospects to pick Sanon. Still on the board were Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State, Hamidou Diallo of Kentucky and Svi Mykhailiuk of Kansas, three players they brought in for pre-draft workouts. But instead, they went with a long-term investment, hoping they found the next Satoransky.

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Capitals Draft Tracker

The 2018 NHL Draft starts on Friday with the first round and runs through Saturday. Here's a running tracker of the Caps' picks.

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.

https://youtu.be/zhhky8rusDQ

2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.

https://youtu.be/P89kKOX2r5w​

3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

Riley is a power forward who played alongside Caps prospect Garrett Pilon on the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and recorded 53 points in 68 games last season.

https://youtu.be/r78givU2CNA

4th round, 124th overall: 

6th round, 186th overall: 

7th round, 217th overall: