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Monday, January 21, 2008

The Future

With this weekend's resounding win over Notre Dame and today's classic match-up with arch-rival Syracuse, we haven't been devoting many pixels on the future of the program. In fact, I think that Jester's posts on Greg Monroe constitute the only updates in the past few weeks on future Hoyas. This is a shame because all four of next year's feshmen are having great senior years.

As reported, Greg Monroe performed poorly in his ESPN2 debut. Despite Monroe's lackluster showing in that game, he is still averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the season. Monroe's coach recently described Greg's performance on ESPN2 as "his worst game" of the season and said "I feel like burning that tape." Incidentally, in the following game, without cameras rolling, Monroe put up 32 points, shotting 14 for 16, hitting four of five free throws, pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking three shots. Freed from double- and tripple-teams, and surrounded by Freeman, Summers, Sapp, and Wright, I think we will see Monroe shine.

Meanwhile, Baltimore product, Henry Sims, continues to blow up. Here is the, report on Sims's play during the recent showdown between Oak Hill Academy and Mount St. Joseph:

More than matching Oak Hill's inside play, Henry Sims put a huge stamp on the game as clearly the best big man on the court. The 6-foot-10 post man registered 32 points on 10-16 shootincg, 0-1 from three, 12-16 from the line, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 5 turnovers. Always a player to play with a strong motor, Sims is also developing into a highly skilled player. He looked extremely comfortable in the midrange where he both made jumpers and slashed to the basket. In traffic he rebounded the ball with strength and ran the floor with passion. Don't be surprised if Sims works his way into the company of stellar big men who have played at Georgetown.

And Jason Clark has recently justified his continued climb up the recruiting ranks with big performances in recent games. Here is the report from the Washington Post:

Clark Still Growing
All-Met guard Jason Clark missed nearly half of O'Connell's 53-45 loss to Good Counsel last week after spraining his ankle, and was held to a season-low 10 points. But the Georgetown recruit made sure he was heard in the Knights' next two games, scoring a season-high 31 points and then 28 in victories over St. Mary's Ryken and Paul VI Catholic, respectively, as O'Connell improved to 14-3, 5-2 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Clark has plenty of ability: He is averaging 21.5 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range. However, with three sophomores in the starting lineup, Coach Joe Wootten went to Clark and asked him to be a more of a leader. "I get fired up inside, but I'm kind of a quiet guy," said Clark, a 6-2 senior. "We talked about it and I said I'd see how it works. I tried it in practice and it seemed to make the team focus even more." That Clark has to work on being heard is not surprising to Wootten, who noted that despite Clark's talent, it never seems like he is imposing himself on the flow of the game. "That's what I think is so impressive about Jason," Wootten said. "He's one of the most efficient players I've seen. He doesn't need 50 shots to score 30 points."

Finally, just so he is not left out of the love-fest, here is some highlight video of Chris Braswell.

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