Just months after then-sophomore Yuta Watanabe, a rising star, and the George Washington men's basketball team captured the National Invitation Tournament title in New York, Colonials players have made allegations of abuse by coach Mike Lonergan, as reported Thursday by The Washington Post.

The university has launched an investigation, the school confirmed in a statement.

The GW Colonials are scheduled to visit Japan in August. The team has a three-game series lined up against the Japan national team on Aug. 13 (Osaka), 16 (Tokyo) and 19 (Hamamatsu), with another contest against the B. League's Ryukyu Golden Kings on Aug. 21 in Okinawa.