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Monday, January 29, 2007

Hibbs on

A loyal reader of the blog tipped me off to this profile of Hibbert on It is generally pretty good, but it does contain one baffling error.

Roy Hibbert: Center of Attention

Roy Hibbert is a 7'2", 278 pound center on a pretty good Georgetown basketball team. Last season was Hibbert's coming out party, and now he's on a team with the sons of NBA stars Doc Rivers and Pat Ewing, which means even more ex-pros will be hanging around the Hoya program. That's saying a lot for a school where big men benefit from the Coach John Thompson tradition, in which trees such as Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington and Michael Sweetney come back and school the current pivots during the summer. Saturday, Hibbert scored 26 points on 11 for 13 shooting vs. Cincinnati, collecting 11 rebounds in the process. The game before, I went to the Verizon Center to watch the Hoyas face DePaul.
Hibbert works hard in the post and elsewhere- getting up and down the court, flashing high for passes, working for position, and challenging shots. Against the Blue Demons, he displayed an old-school hook shot, complete with the determined footwork and windup. While this shot was not effective, it demonstrates he's been working out with the NBA vets.

It there any doubt that Roy's hook shot is his best weapon? I can't recall the last time I saw him miss it. The writer goes on to refer to it as "an experiment." That's just sloppy reporting, especially after the Cinci game when Roy drained these at will. As further evidence, see the montage below.

And in other Roy news, the Big Man was named Big East player of the Week (and another factual error):

Hibbert averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 71.4 percent from the floor, while leading the Hoyas to a pair of league victories. The senior from Adelphi, Md. was 11-of-13 from the floor en route to a career-high 26 points in an 82-67 win over Cincinnati. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. In a 66-52 victory over DePaul, Hibbert had 12 points and four boards. Hibbert leads the BIG EAST in field goal shooting, connecting at a 71.0 percent clip. In league games, he's even better, hitting 80.9 percent.

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