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Georgetown Basketball: May 2003 News Archive

Dizdarevic Featured In Sacramento Bee 5/28/03

Incoming freshman Sead Dizdarevic's recruiting visit to Washington is noted in this link to the Sacramento Bee.

"Every guy there was like family. I like that," the 6-8 Dizdarevic said. "Patrick [Ewing] was very nice, a funny guy. It was a beautiful experience."

"Whenever you play, and try hard to be the best you can, the results come by themselves," he added. "I know I'm going to work hard."

(Thanks to "DC Hoya" for the link.)

Scheduling Update 5/23/03

Some early schedule talk for 2003-04: Georgetown will not play a game in Myrtle Beach, SC this season, reports the Myrtle Beach Sun News.

According to the report, Georgetown was approached to play in the Beach Ball Classic on Dec. 28, 2003, which will now feature North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington.

Duffey Award Winner Named 5/19/03

Congratulations to women's track student-athlete Jamillah Bowman (Business '03), who has received the 49th Robert A. Duffey Award as Georgetown's scholar athlete of the year for 2002-03.

Bowman was a three time All-America recipient, twice in indoor track and once in outdoor track. She is the 18th recipient from the track and field program honored by the award, and the seventh in the last 11 years.

Bowman will be honored at the annual Athletic Recognition Dinner in October on Georgetown's campus.

Two New Recruits 5/18/03

Days after the announcement of transfers by Tony Bethel and Drew Hall, Georgetown has posted two signings at the conclusion of the spring signing period.

The Hoyas have added guard depth with 6-0 Rayshawn Reed from Inglewood, CA. He averaged 24 points per game and chose Georgetown over Fresno State, Oregon State, St. Johnís, and Colorado.

Also announced was 6-8 PF Sead Dizdarevic from Sacramento, CA. Dizdarevic averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds, selecting Georgetown over Utah, San Jose State and Nevada.

The additions bring the total of Californians on the Georgetown roster to four, joining sophomores Brandon Bowman and Ashanti Cook.

A story in Saturday's Washington Post reports that 2003 recruit Darian Townes is "fairly certain" to attend prep school next fall, and as such he has been moved to our 2004 recruits list on the left of the page.

Hall Transfer Confirmed 5/16/03

On the same day that the Dayton Daily News reported that sophomore Drew Hall was looking at a transfer to the University of Dayton, Georgetown officials have confirmed the transfer, the Washington Post has reported. Hall averaged 3.5 points per game as a sophomore and has visited Dayton and Gonzaga, according to the Post report.

Tony Bethel, a high school and college teammate of Hall, announced a separate transfer decision last weekend.

Brendan Gaughan Featured In Post 5/13/03

Brendan Gaughan, who played basketball at Georgetown from 1994-97, is featured in this link from the Washington Post.

Gaughan, a professional race driver, makes frequent references to his college experiences in articles across the nation, and was in the Washington to promote his upcoming race at Dover Downs in Delaware. Gaughan's web site reports winnings of over $400,000 in races last year, and he currently ranked 3rd in the Craftsman Truck series rankings.

Bethel To Transfer 5/10/03

Sophomore Tony Bethel has announced plans to transfer from Georgetown, according to the Washington Post.

Tony's father told the Post that: "He is in good academic standing. He has no ill will toward Coach Esherick or the program. I don't want any misreads. Tony's best interest is looking at other programs. If he was going to do it, now was best."

Bethel was third on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg, but was moved to point guard from shooting guard following Kevin Braswell's graduation.

On May 18, Bethel opted to sign with North Carolina State, reports the Washington Post. He will have two years eligibility beginning with the 2004-05 season.

According to the Post, "Bethel did not elaborate on his reasons for leaving Georgetown, and said he was still on track to graduate in four years with a degree in education." Since Georgetown does not offer a degree in education, it can be presumed that Bethel will pursue this degree at N.C. State.

Fellow transfer Drew Hall has not announced a transfer school to date.

Bethel's career stats can be found in this link to the Basketball History section.

Rules Changes 5/6/03

An NCAA rules committee has endorsed changes in the game that would move back the three point line and widen the lane, according to CBS Sportsline.com.

The change to the three point line would be the first such change since 1986, while the lane has not changed since the 1950's, according to the story.

Esherick Contract Extended 5/1/03

Georgetown University has announced a four year extension to the contract of head coach Craig Esherick (B'78, L'82), according to the Washington Post. The original contract, which was through the 2004-05 season, has been extended through 2008-09.

Terms were not disclosed.

"We're very happy with what Craig is doing with our program," said Joe Lang, director of athletics. "We want to make sure everyone understands our commitment to him."

In five years as head coach, Esherick is 90-59 (.604), third all-time among Georgetown basketball coaches for career wins, with one NCAA and three NIT bids since taking over for John Thompson on Jan. 8, 1999.


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