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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Clean-cut Hoyas

Is this another way in which JTIII is breaking down stereotypes? Possibly, and that's unfortunate.

Georgetown toes the straight and narrow
Good-guy Hoyas reflect their coach, stick to clean image on, off court

For Patrick Ewing Jr., transferring from Indiana to Georgetown required an upgrade in behavior. “We’re really clean-cut,” Ewing said with a laugh. “It was a surprise to me when I first got here, because being at one school where you see one thing, and you come here and see a totally different thing.” Georgetown is in the Final Four, but the Hoyas rank near the bottom when it comes to salacious stories off the court. They come across as men behaving goodly — a coach’s dream scenario that’s almost too good to be true — a group that truly functions as a team and keeps each other in line.
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And, so far at least, the whole team has stayed out of trouble. Even the tattoo on freshman center Vernon Macklin’s right biceps looks a bit out of place, and he guessed that only two or three of his teammates have one as well. “You trying to jinx us?” coach John Thompson III asked about the lack of off-the-court gossip. “No, we have a good group of kids. That’s because of their parents and the people who help shape and mold who they are — I wish I could take some credit for it.”

Whether he likes it or not, Thompson does get credit — first and foremost from his own players. When asked how the team got to be so straight-as-an arrow, Wallace answered: “We have to be.” “With coach Thompson, you’d better not mess around, or you’re going to get us all in trouble,” Wallace said. “Everybody just tries to do things the right way. That’s how he taught us, the whole system and the whole program. That’s just how we go about doing things.” Presented with those words, Thompson acknowledged he looks for a certain type of person as well as a certain type of player when he’s recruiting. It might be the trait he most has in common with his Hall of Fame father: Both have little tolerance for fooling around.

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