Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I also enjoyed the many remembrances posted on the Georgetown Law website. In particular, I thought these from Professors Lubin, Cashin and Mezey, were touching.
- Professor David Luban
- Professor Sheryll Cashin
-Professor Naomi Mezey
Monday, January 29, 2007
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.
Take a shotFor those of you in need of further context, Arenas attended the Georgetown-DePaul matchup last week.
Gilbert Arenas sidled over to Rivers in the third quarter and delivered a message.
“Hey, I watched your son,” Arenas said. “Tell him he’s got to shoot.”
The Wizards star was referring to Jeremiah Rivers, a freshman at Georgetown who, according to his dad as well, needs to put the ball up more. . . .
Now, anyone who has seen Rivers shoot this year can tell you that he needs to do a lot more shooting in practice before he even thinks about throwing up more outside jumpers during games.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
UPDATE: I wanted to add one more rendering of the new B-School, which shows some of the more modern elements of the design, as well as how the new building will provide greater access to the Leavey Esplanade. - Jester
Unfortunately, I never got to take a class from him. But I did get to speak with him on several occassions and he was a lovely person. I'm sure Georgetown will do something to honor him. This is a big loss for the community; following on the heels of Sam Dash passing away it feels like an era is ending.
Update: Georgetown has put up a website for students, alumni, friends and faculty to share their memories of Father Drinan. Nancy Pelosi also issued a statement honoring him. This also links to excellent pieces in the Post and Globe discussing his legacy.
Friday, January 26, 2007
According to the indictment, dos Santos had worked from 1998 until March 2005 at Georgetown University (“Georgetown”). In his most recent position as Georgetown’s Associate Director and Program Coordinator for the Political Database and Brazilian Studies Program, he became familiar with the paperwork and authorizations required for vendors to obtain compensation for their services.
HOYA AND HIGHER!
Back home in East Harlem, though, on the night before the Hoyas met Florida in the Sweet 16 in Minneapolis, Sapp's sister, Steveasia Perry, then 13, was shot in a playground, an innocent bystander to an unfathomable teen conflict near the Woodrow Wilson Houses. In the end, she was fortunate in an unfortunate situation. She suffered a fractured jaw and slowly began the recovery process, which, of course, included a call from a certain brother who eventually decided to stay with his teammates and play in the biggest game of his life.
"Once we knew everything was going to be OK," Sapp said, "I knew I had to go and be with my team."
There's a comfort level aside from basketball, as well. In a 74-58 win over Seton Hall Friday at the Meadowlands, several family members, including Steveasia, watched Sapp go for 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. "Everything," he said slowly, "is good now."
On and off the court.
Here is the breakdown:
College - 9,910 (+4%)
SFS - 3,045 (+6%)
MSB - 2,400+ (+?)
Nursing - 820 (+35%)
The second big piece of news is that the endowment is approaching $1 billion. Again, I thought we'd hit that around 2000 so this is not exactly cause for celebration. But it is important. In June, the endowment was listed at $834 and now it is at $951. That is a pretty significant 6 month growth; and, while it is possible that a few big gifts came in, it is likely that this is fruit borne by hiring a chief investment officer. My fervent hope is that this will grease the giving wheels for the new campaign by instilling in alumni a sense that endowment gifts will not be pissed away as in the past. At the end of the day, assuming we are about to embark on a 10 year $2 or $2.5 billion campaign, at least 80% of the funds raised should be directed to the endowment. Far too much of the last campaign went to current use and building projects (something like 60% or 65%).
Finally, the Hoya has a great profile of Dikembe Mutombo who was lauded in the SOTU address.
Mutombo Still Doing Big Things
Former Hoya Leads by Example
Mutombo has made a living playing tenacious defense and swatting shots, but when he came to Georgetown in 1987, basketball wasn’t even in his plans. Mutombo received a USAID scholarship to become a doctor so that he could return to his native Congo and help his people. The only sport Mutombo had played in his native land was soccer, but things changed quickly when Head Coach John Thompson Jr. spied Mutombo in a pick-up game.
“He said, ‘Son, I want you on my team.’ I said, ‘Man, this big man is going to be my coach,’” Mutombo recalls. “I was kind of scared of him in the beginning.”
Mutombo says his strong emphasis on community service was inspired by the Jesuit ideals that drew him to the Hilltop.
“To get the opportunity to get to be on the same campus as Jesuit teachers, it kind of helped me a lot,” Mutombo says. “It helped me go out and do what I do, helping those that don’t have what I have.”
Mutombo still follows his alma mater’s basketball team as well as one could expect from an in-season basketball player with two young children and a hospital opening in Africa. He has even challenged current Hoyas to off-season pick-up games.
While Mutombo denies having a favorite player on the team, he does admit that he may have a slight preference for “the young man that is wearing my uniform.” That young man, junior center Roy Hibbert, is developing quite the reputation for his shot-blocking abilities. Mutombo believes that Hibbert’s opportunity to develop for four years gives him the chance “maybe to be better than me.”
“His ability to block shots, I think that will make his name and be known and take it to the next level.,” Mutombo says.
Mutombo stays connected to the Georgetown community so that his children can one day follow in their father’s footsteps at Georgetown.
“I try to take them to the Georgetown campus every year,” he says.
A legend at Georgetown for reputedly exclaiming, “Who wants to sex Mutombo?” the big man has kept his sense of humor over the years, and his teammates appreciate his jokes almost as much as his rebounds.
17. Georgetown. The Hoyas would be a program you might want to buy stock in. John Thompson III is doing a good job, they’re playing well and recruiting well, and Georgetown sits on one of the best recruiting beds in the nation.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Realizing that we were seeing Jeff return to form, I excitedly Blackberried the IBP during the game. He replied that he thought Jeff was having an "okay" game. I think most people saw it differently. Jeff didn't single-handedly dominate the Blue Demons, but he did pretty much everything right. He was aggressive when he needed be, making strong moves to the basket and finishing with some authority. When he had an open shot from down town he took it. When a pass was the best option, that's what he did.
Barker Davis (the same Barker Davis who blasted Green in yesterday's Times) agreed. In an article today he notes:
The victory keeps the Hoyas (14-5, 4-2 Big East) among the league's leaders just behind Pittsburgh (18-3, 6-1) as Georgetown prepares for the softest back-to-back games of its conference slate vs. Cincinnati on Saturday and at St. John's on Feb. 1. Frankly, if Green plays the rest of the season like he did last night, the level of competition might not matter much....For the rest of the article, click here.
It's not as if Green put on a one-on-five clinic against DePaul. He simply struck the perfect balance of demanding and deferring within coach John Thompson III's system. He routinely stepped to the fore late in the shot clock when his teammates needed a play and led the Hoyas in shot attempts. He almost never forced his game, committing only one turnover to set the tone for a Georgetown bunch that made a season-low seven miscues despite relentless fullcourt pressure from the Blue Demons.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Students No Longer Whistling Dixie
By James HilsonHoya Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Dixie Liquors on M Street, a popular supplier of alcohol among Georgetown students, will close its doors later this week after more than 50 years in business....
To read the sad news in its entirety click here.
The Rise of Hoya Nation
As someone who watches up to three or four games a week, it’s not hard to notice the overwhelming presence of John Thompson III compared to Gary Williams. In fact, over the past two years I have seen Gary Williams once while the Thompson sightings cannot be counted on one hand. Williams was at the Gonzaga/O’Connell game a few weeks back but didn’t stay around for the entire game. Just to put it into perspective, I have seen Gary Williams as many times as I have seen Mike Krzyzewski. When March Madness begins in two months, it will also be the five-year anniversary of when the Terps defeated Indiana for the NCAA Championship. Lonnie Baxter, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Chris Wilcox are all long gone. Who will be the next big four to come through the area? It may just be Freeman, Wright, Braswell and Clark. Only time will tell.
Boubacar Sylla would be considered the sleeper of this group, but he is also the biggest at 7’1 and 260 lbs. He did a great job running the floor, and hit displayed a remarkably soft touch considering his size, evidenced on his 12 foot fade away jumper out of the post. His mammoth size and freakish wingspan immediately make him interesting as a prospect, even if he is still incredibly raw at the moment. The French big man has reportedly dropped nearly 75 pounds in the last year and a half, which is a testament to his work ethic and could give everyone a preview as to what is to come in terms of his development. He is reportedly considering USC, LSU, St. John’s, and Auburn at the moment, but he will likely have to sit a few years before we are able to see him contribute at that level.
Along the way, Davis makes one of the funniest comments I've read all year. When considering and eliminating Jeff Green as our "go to guy" he makes this remark:
Unfortunately, Green has a maddening passive streak and plays every third game or so like he's dipped his hands in Crisco.I love Jeff, but it's damn funny.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Anyway, here is the link to the website. You can't read the article but the abstract says: "D.C. DIGS: Georgetown University in Washington has joined the rapidly expanding list of NCAA Division I schools developing practice facilities for their basketball programs, sources said. The new facility woul ..."
Friday, January 19, 2007
Austin Freeman, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Dematha Catholic – Freeman had a “quiet” 25 points in his matchup against the oft-out of control Antonio Jardine. While Jardine took control of the action for his team from tip-off, Freemen quietly picked his spots until the close of the game, where he began to be more aggressive. Freeman has a beautiful shot, its smooth and effortless. He is a much better shooter on the catch-and-shoot or spot up than he is on the pull up, but is effective on both. Freemen also has great strength for a 2 guard. He doesn’t get knocked off his stride easily by contact and is able to finish shots in the paint while in motion without losing his soft touch. Freeman seems to be pretty active on the glass as well. He followed his own misses on a number of occasions and was able to fight inside amongst taller players to secure the possession. Defensively, he’s got quick hands, but is more active when his opponent is in motion than he is playing him straight up. Freeman is a shooter for sure, but he recognizes when the shot is not there and has good peripheral vision to find the open man once he’s drawn defensive help. He and Chris Wright should make a nice tandem in Georgetown’s backcourt next season, especially with Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green inside.
Chris Wright, 6-1, PG/SG, St. Johns College – Wright had one of the best performances of anyone at the event. He shot well from outside, played smart basketball in transition and the half court, and set up teammates when he couldn’t finish himself. He's not a pure point by any means, but an excellent combo guard who showed good instincts for the game. Wright did do a lot of his scoring in transition, but it was his help defense that freed him up for many of those transition buckets. Wright has excellent body control and solid playing strength, which enables him to absorb contact and finish going strong toward the basket. His build is very similar to future teammate Austin Freeman as they are both compact players who shouldn’t have much difficulty adjusting to a more physical collegiate game. Wright has the court vision to play the point. He’s more of a scorer by nature but he doesn’t leave assists on the floor for the sake of his own shot like many other combo guards are prone to do. Wright shows instant recognition of who has the highest percentage shot and finds that man. Wright has very good athleticism for the collegiate level, he can elevate very nicely and finish with strength around the rim. When he absorbs contact he is still able to put a good touch on the ball and this helped him get to the line frequently for a few and-one’s. Wright is very smooth with his release and has good elevation on his jumper, which is important at his size. His dribble is tight and he uses it to create driving angles and pull-up shots nicely.
And, as an added bonus (is not not the most redundant euphemism?), here is video of Freeman and 2008 Hoya Chris Braswell. Enjoy.
This tidbit about GU having the most one-day turnarounds in the Big East is both interesting and troubling. Hopefully JTIII can figure away to avoid the problems associated with those short turn arounds.
"I wanted to see, once we got the lead, if we could get those guys a rest," Thompson said of his three leading scorers. "The one-day turnaround definitely hurt us the last time."
Indeed, Georgetown lost at home to Villanova on Jan. 8, just two days after handily beating then-No. 17 Notre Dame. Thompson later said that fatigue was a factor in the 56-52 loss to the Wildcats. But it is something the Hoyas will have to handle; they face more of these quick turnarounds than any other team in the Big East. On four occasions, they will play two games in three days -- something that Thompson was quick to notice when the league schedule was released.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
(2) Rutgers does not deserve to be in the Big East. They are a mockery of a sham of a basketball team. Just awful.
(3) We tend to play to the level of our opponents. A performance like we had against Notre Dame would have yielded a 30 or 40 point victory.
(4) Jeff has just not been Jeff this year. And he will mostly like not go pro as feared.
(5) Roy needs to be benched if he is not beasting. The sub in for V-Mack seemed to light a fire under him.
This was simply not an inspiring game, but it was nice for the frosh to get some burn and for our core to get some rest. Hopefully we come and and blitz the Hall. They are going to press us just like Nova did and we better be ready to punish them for it.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
This was part of the analysis that appears on CBS Sportsline:
Georgetown lost its fifth game of the season on Jan. 13, but the defeat was as encouraging as a loss could be.
The Hoyas took on the best team in the Big East on the road, played a good game, and fell just a little bit short in a 74-69 loss to Pitt.
The Hoyas haven t always shown an ability to get up for less-talented teams this season, as losses to Old Dominion and Villanova show. They hadn't stepped up against comparable teams either, looking less than sharp in defeats against Oregon and Duke.
But Georgetown brought it's A-Game to Pittsburgh, and showed why it was ranked so high in the preseason polls. The offense clicked all night in a balanced attack that saw four players finish in double figures and a fifth wind up with eight points. The defense held Aaron Gray to 11 points.
The problem was that the Panthers didn't cooperate with the gameplan. The defensive numbers were ugly for each side, but that's largely because both teams hit shots with defenders in their face as well as wide-open looks. In this case, a good offense proved better than a good defense on both ends of the court.
If John Thompson III can bottle that effort the rest of the way, his team will be among the most dangerous in the country down the stretch. The coming weeks will tell whether this was the first sign of a Georgetown resurgence, or a random game where the team finally played to its
potential before falling back into maddening inconsistency.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Some quick thoughts. Throughout the pre-conference season we have been sounded like a broken record about Roy Hibbert's weakness. Over and over we've said that he needs to play more physical. He needs to finish shots and he needs to use his size. Villanova exposed how soft Roy really is. Hibbert finished with two points and not a single shot from the field. He could have had a shot, and potentially a field goal, if he had fought through the foul that led to his two free throws, but I digress. Roy's lack of productiveness can partially be attributed to the excellent job Villanova did keeping a hand in our guards faces and preventing them from seeing the passing lanes into the paint. But the bigger problem was Roy's inability to get position. There were definitely a few times when he was able to get open, and you could hear the collective gasp from the crowd as they hoped in vain that someone would get him the ball. But these opportunities were few and far between. A physical center, even one that is much shorter that Roy, can dominate him if they are willing to push him around a bit. In the Big East you should find lots of candidates willing to take on this role. To be honest, I don't know what Roy can do to overcome this problem. I just don't think he has it in him.
My second observation has to deal with the full court press. Nova threw a press against the Hoyas for the entire game. Immediately after the contest I thought we had done an okay against it. There wasn't a single 10-second violation. We had a few turnovers off the press, but we were throwing the ball away all over the place in our half court set too. But the more I think about it, the more I realized how devastating the press really was. We methodically broke Villanova's pressure, but we did it slowly. As a result we were consistently forced to run our half-court offense with only 25 seconds. I think this made it much harder for us to get good looks. JTIII definitely needs to address this issue and find a way to get across half court more quickly.
Moving forward, all is far from lost. We have a tough game this Saturday, which I personally think we should and will lose. But the season is still quite young, and this past week as shown that the Big East is wide open. Connecticut and Marquette, two excellent teams that have been ranked for much of the early season, both have losing records in conference so far. Providence, a team that no one has talked much about, is 2-0 with a quality win against Marquette. That Notre Dame team that we killed went out and beat a hot West Virginia team. In short, the conference is going to be tough, but everyone is going to lose games. We need to keep our heads up, learn from our mistakes, and improve. If we do, we'll be fine. We have the talent, we just need to find the passion and execute.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I think Parrish's one liner about the Hoyas gets it just about perfect. He says: "Suddenly the Hoyas are playing like they're supposed to be playing." I couldn't have put it better myself.
Bring on Nova!
PS - The best thing about going to the game tonight will be avoiding all of the clips about Nova's '85 upset of the Hoyas on ESPN. It was over a decade ago...could be please move on?
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Total domination from start to finish. We looked like a top 10 team for the first time this year. This was even more impressive than the Michigan shelacking. IPB claims that Egerson was a "cancer." I still say we are going to miss him, but I was thrilled at how Pat has stepped it up. He looked great on defense.
Friday, January 05, 2007
As expected, it was the Austin and Chris show as Dematha topped St. John's at Trinity University. Freeman had 27 and Wright had 31. Coach Broadus was in attendance with Sapp and Ticket.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
This is a huge loss and could really impact how well we do this season. Summers and Tyler better step it up. As this coincides with the beginning of the new semester, I'm guessing it was related to academics. Marc was a pretty risky selection in that department. I'm sorry the risk did not pay off -- he was a nice player and seemed like a good guy. JTIII's first recruiting class is turning into a major bust. Marc and Thornton are gone, and Spann has yet to see major PT. Sapp seems to be the only real success from that class. (He was ranked in the top 50, and none of the others were, so that is not shocking.)
Monday, January 01, 2007
The first is the January 4th meeting of St. John's and Dematha at Trinity College.
Who is interested in this? It would be a great opportunity to see Freeman and Wright in action; and maybe also to catch Braswell if he has rejoined the team.
The second event is the banquet for the 100th anniversary of Georgetown basketball. This is on February 10th. It could be a pretty neat event.