Georgetown Basketball: May 2000 News Archive
Four years ago, their names were Ed Sheffey, Shernard Long, Shamel Jones, and Rhese Gibson. This past weekend, only Gibson made it through four years and received his A.B. in English. Gibson talked to The HOYA on May 26 about his four years at the Hilltop. It's recommended reading.
A press release from GUHoyas.com has announced that junior center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje has undergone surgery to repair a non-healing foot fracture. Boumtje was bothered with an injury at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season and re-aggravated the foot at season's end.
According to the release, Boumtje-Boumtje will be out three months and while he should be ready for the beginning of practice in October, he will not play in the Kenner League this summer.
Boumtje-Boumtje previously underwent surgery in the 1997-1998 season for a broken wrist, which sidelined him for all but six games that season. He later received a medical redshirt exemption, which would offer him a fifth year in 2001-2002 should he choose to play as a graduate student.
The press release also announced the transfer of freshman Jason Burns from the University.
Burns, a 6-5, 185 pound guard/forward from Las Vegas, played only 12 minutes in three games, scoring two points before an injury sidelined him in early December. Burns did not suit up for the rest of the season.
"Jason has not decided which school he will attend next year, but we wish him all the best," said Coach Esherick in the release.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that former coach John Thompson met with the L.A. Clippers to discuss its vacant head coaching position. The Clippers have hired eight coaches in the last ten years, all with very little success.
Thompson was in Los Angeles as a television analyst for the NBA playoffs, and the meeting may have been nothing more than a courtesy call.
"The Clippers conducted an exploratory meeting with John Thompson," said a Clippers spokesman in the Times link above. "No other details of the meeting will be made available."
A press release from GUHoyas.com confirmed that the Hoyas will visit Hawaii for the Hawaii-Pacific Thanksgiving Classic, held November 24-26 in Honolulu.
Participants in the tournament will include Minnesota, Texas Christian, College of Charleston, Siena, Duquesne, Central Florida and host school Hawaii-Pacific.
Last year's participation in the Maui Classic was an "exempted" event for NCAA scheduling limits, allowing the Hoyas to play three games but count as only one game toward the maximum of 28 regular season games. If this tournament is not exempted, the three November games will each count toward the total of 28.
Georgetown has announced the signing of point guard Luke Martin to a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgetown.
Martin, a guard from St. John's College HS in Washington, DC, led the Cadets to their first WCAC title in 23 years this season, averaging 11 points and seven assists per game.
"Luke has a very good understanding of the point guard position," coach Esherick said. "He's been well coached and has demonstrated the ability to run the team on the floor."
The addition of Martin hopes to alleviate an ongoing lack of consistent point guard play for the Hoyas, which saw various combinations of shooting guards playing the point last year (Demetrius Hunter, Kevin Braswell). The Hoyas averaged a league-high 18.1 turnovers per game last season.
The addition of Martin also puts Georgetown in the unusual position of having recruited four players for three available scholarships. The Washington Post cites a source as saying that the imbalance would be resolved after the exam period, which concludes May 17.
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