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Chatting with George Mason coach Jeri Porter

Oct 16, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

George Mason returns three starters in Amber Easter, Janaa Pickard and Rahneeka Saunders. Coach Jeri Porter enters her fifth season.

A word to describe your team.


On life without Taleia Moton (an All-CAA first-team pick last season, who averaged 20.7 ppg).

We’ve got veteran leadership. We’re upperclassmen-heavy. These kids are self motivated and have a strong sense of what they want to accomplish. Anybody who has paid attention last year knows we had other pieces. As good as Taleia was, when you look at what Amber Easter was able to do on occasion, when you look at what Janaa brought on occasion, when you look at what Rahneeka brought on occasion, you see what can work. Taleia gave us the consistent piece, so that those kids didn’t have to show up every night. Now they in particular and a few others know what they have to do every night. I think we can be better than we were last year.

On Easter’s offseason:

Amber works. She’s always growing her game. We spent a lot of time in the postseason talking about her using the bounce a little more. I think she’s got to go back to the Bethel (High) mindset of scoring and being able to score in more than one way.

On your lone freshman, Reana Mohamed:

We talked to her about being the only freshman on a roster. If there’s a kid who’s made for that, it’s Reana. She’s got that New York City toughness and the savvy of playing at a pretty high level in AAU and high school. I’m really excited about her.

Something fun you did during the offseason.

My best friend got married in Hollywood, Fla., in July, so don’t tell anybody, but I took three days right in the middle of the recruiting period to be part of her wedding. Since we were down there, we took the kids to DisneyWorld. My 4-year-old loved it.