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Georgetown Basketball: May 2014 News Archive

Conference Realignment 2014 5/26/14

For the first time in a number of years, the Big East Conference is not part of college realignment talk, although a number of conferences will be experiencing some change in 2014-15. Here's an article at NBC Sports.com outlining the changes for this next season.

Former Assistant Coach To URI 5/21/14

In coaching news, former Georgetown assistant coach David Cox is joining the staff at Rhode Island, reports the Providence Journal. Cox was most recently at Rutgers.

NCAA Releases APR Figures 5/15/14

The NCAA has released its annual Academic Progress Rate scores, with men's basketball climbing for a fourth consecutive year.

Academic Progress Rate, or APR, is a four year weighted average of each men's and women's sports team at NCAA member schools. A 1,000 score connotes a 100% graduation rate. The rate consists of one point for each eligible student-athlete and one point for each graduated student-athlete, an index that penalize schools with students that either are ineligible or who leave school early.   "The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention -- the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation," wrote the NCAA in 2005. "Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points...

A raw APR score of .925 translates into roughly a 50% effective graduation rate. Beginning in 2014-15, teams below a multiyear rating of 930 over a two year period are subject to a loss of post season privileges. Division I men's basketball teams who are ineligible in 2014-15 include Alabama State, Appalachian State, Florida A&M, Houston Baptist, Lamar, San Jose State, Central Arkansas, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The multi-year weighted average APR for Georgetown men's basketball is 4th among the 10 Big East schools.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Butler 933 954 965 964 1000 1000 1000 1000 985
Villanova 1000 993 990 985 980 974 978 978 983
Seton Hall 930 921 924 918 936 935 951 963 979
Georgetown 963 970 945 942 937 937 958 966 973
Creighton 980 962 956 961 956 960 975 971 972
DePaul 865 893 918 940 987 1000 984 984 960
Marquette 918 927 954 970 975 980 970 960 959
Xavier 972 976 971 976 985 990 965 965 958
Providence 936 938 938 939 935 925 925 915 947
St. John's 884 909 918 959 961 968 959 941 942

The Georgetown results among all sports are below. 12 teams scored a perfect 1000 on the rating.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Baseball 955 966 975 978 992 996 985 996 996
Basketball (Men's) 963 970 945 942 937 937 958 966 973
Basketball (Women's) 957 970 969 975 982 983 1000 991 1000
Cross Country (Men's) 985 991 994 1000 1000 1000 1000 995 991
Cross Country (Women's) 987 991 993 986 988 992 1000 1000 1000
Field Hockey 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Football 971 955 961 966 968 979 986 977 980
Golf (Men's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 993 1000 1000 1000 1000
Golf (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Lacrosse (Men's) 989 989 985 982 987 991 967 990 984
Lacrosse (Women's) 990 990 989 989 994 996 1000 1000 1000
Rowing (Men's, not an NCAA sport) * * * * * * * * *
Rowing (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 980 968 1000 990 1000
Sailing (not an NCAA sport) * * * * * * * * *
Soccer (Men's) 988 1000 989 991 977 966 988 971 983
Soccer (Women's) 993 996 994 991 992 992 1000 997 1000
Softball * * * 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Swimming (Men's) 938 958 969 1000 1000 1000 [x] 1000 [x]
Swimming (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Tennis (Men's) NA 923 952 957 1000 1000 [x] 1000 [x]
Tennis (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Track (Men's Indoor) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 996 992
Track (Women's Indoor) 989 993 1000 989 992 997 1000 1000 1000
Track (Men's Outdoor) 1000 1000 994 1000 1000 1000 1000 996 992
Track (Women's Outdoor) 988 992 1000 989 992 994 1000 1000 997
Volleyball 986 991 987 986 993 993 1000 1000 1000
 [x]: Did not report; fewer than three student athletes in recruiting class.
Third Verbal For 2015 5/14/14

Three days removed from the verbal commitment of forward Noah Dickerson from the high school class of 2015, Georgetown added a third commitment to the class with word that 6-10 center Jessie Govan has made a similar commitment.

Govan, from Manhasset, NY via Bronx-based Wings Academy, was a second team all-city selection by the New York Daily News as a junior, averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds per game. He is ranked #44 nationally by Scout.com.

"His parents enjoyed [the recruiting visit], and they were sold on the development piece,” said Dana Dingle, Govan's AAU coach, in this link from Scout.com via the Sporting News. “That was hard to look away from, and what they’ve done with those big guys."

"In terms of pure back-to-the-basket scoring ability, there aren't too many better than Govan in the class of 2015," writes CBS Sports.com. "He gets good position near the rim, and knows how to score once he gets the ball. Govan has decent touch on his jump hook, although developing a consistent face-up game could help in Georgetown's offense. He's cementing his standing as one of the best low-post players in the class on the EYBL circuit, putting up consistent scoring numbers inside the paint. A post scorer will be much needed for Georgetown in the 2015-16 season, and John Thompson III is stockpiling frontcourt weapons in the class of 2015. Isaac Copeland and Paul White are frontcourt prospects entering school this season, although neither play is as effective a back-to-the-basket scorer as Govan."

Georgetown officials cannot commit on any recruit pending a letter of intent, which is not available to be signed until November 2014.

Kansas Game Announced 5/14/14

The second of a four game series with Kansas has been set, according to the Associated Press.

The Jayhawks visit Verizon Center on Wednesday, Dec. 10, a byproduct of NBA and NHL schedules which have made it difficult for Georgetown to secure weekend dates on its schedule for major non-conference opponents.

ACC Saturday Night 5/14/14

In the continuing Texas Death Match between the Big East and Atlantic Coast conferences, ESPN is moving the ACC tournament final, a Sunday fixture since 1982, to its Saturday night lineup to compete head-to-head with the Big East final on Fox Sports 1.

ACC commissioner John Swofford called it a "Back to the Future" moment for the league, although fewer than half of the current 15 schools were even in the ACC the last time the conference played a Saturday final.

"The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night," said Swofford. "This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans - and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen.”

The Saturday final between Creighton and Providence was the highest ranked Big East game of the year on Fox Sports 1, a fact that did not go unnoticed at ESPN.

The ACC also finalized its tournament schedule through 2020, which confirms Greensboro in 2015, Verizon Center in 2016, two years at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, followed by Charlotte in 2019 and a return to Greensboro in 2020.

Tony Johnson Retiring As Rowing Coach 5/13/14

 Some major news from the Georgetown rowing program Monday evening, where veteran coach Tony Johnson has announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season. He will remain as a coach emeritus with the program.

At 73, Tony Johnson is a legendary figure in the development of American rowing. He grew up in Arlington, and rowed the Potomac at Washington-Lee HS in the 1950's before competing at Syracuse and the Potomac Boat Club. In 1968 he won a silver medal for the U.S. in the Olympics, earned two gold medals at the European championships, and was an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1972 Olympics. But it is coaching that brought him to Georgetown.

Johnson began his career at the Hilltop in 1967, coaching the emerging men's crew for two years before being hired as a full time coach at Yale, a 20 year tenure in New Haven that earned a national championship and several Eastern Sprints titles. In 1990, he was recruited back to Georgetown as a full time crew coach and has elevated Georgetown from the regional level to a national level.

"It's been marvelous," Johnson said. "The first few years were just a wonderful beginning to my career. It was a tremendous opportunity to deal with motivated young men. It was fun, we had success and it set the stage for a great career and a great life. Coming back to Georgetown was a terrific opportunity for my wife and my family and it was an honor to coach here and to help grow our sport. I've been extremely grateful for all of the support from the athletic department, the University and its community and our student-athletes."

"It has been an honor to work with Tony Johnson since I arrived at Georgetown and we're grateful for his service not only to our crew program and student-athletes, but to our University and the community," said athletic director Lee Reed. "He is a wonderful teacher and inspirational figure for our rowers. Tony is a national leader in his sport and he will always have a home on the Hilltop."

Johnson has also helped raise over $18 million for the crew at Georgetown, much of it directed to the long delayed boathouse project. When it is built (and it will be), it will undoubtedly honor Tony Johnson for his work and passion for the sport at Georgetown University.

Second 2015 Verbal Commitment 5/11/14

With its 2014 needs all but met, the Georgetown coaching staff received a second verbal commit for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

Various media reports announced that Noah Dickerson, a 6-8, 255 lb. forward/center from Atlanta via Montverde (FL) Academy, committed to Georgetown after Dickerson posted on Twitter that he had verbally committed. Dickerson is variously rated from #33 to #53 nationally as a junior.

Georgetown officials cannot commit on any recruit pending a letter of intent, which is not available to be signed until November 2014.

Domingo Transferring To California 5/6/14

Sophomore forward Stephen Domingo, whose transfer was reported in April, has decided to attend California next fall.

"Georgetown was just not the right basketball opportunity for me," Domingo told the San Jose Mercury News. "I'm going forward and Cal will be a place I can flourish and show what I can do. Coach [Cuonzo] Martin said I'll be able to use my length and athleticism on the defensive end and I can be a matchup problem on offense."

Domingo will have two years eligibility beginning in the 2015-16 season.

Big Ten Tournament Coming To DC 5/6/14

One day removed from its announcement that it would begin an interconference series wit4h the Big East, the Big Ten Conference will announce Tuesday it will schedule its 2017 basketball tournament at Verizon Center.

"Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has made no secret of his desire for the conference to entrench itself in the New York and Washington markets," writes the Sporting News. "That was a major reason for the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, as well as the new joint venture with the Big East. Moving the tournament to Washington fits right into those plans."

Another possible move: a rotation of the tournament into the New York market, either at Barclays Center in Brooklyn or Newark's Prudential Center.

"I think all of us now live in two regions,” Delany told the Baltimore Sun. “My perspective is that it’s one thing to be in two regions, but it's more important to live in two regions. This is the first opportunity we had to demonstrate that in basketball. We get incredible responses [in New York]. You can expect us to try and plant flags and have friends and try to become more relevant in both [New York and Washington]."

Verizon Center will also host the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but without a host school as Maryland leaves for the Big Ten this summer.

Big East-Big Ten Challenge To Be Announced 5/5/14

A Monday press conference will announce an eight game annual series between schools of the Big East and Big Ten, beginning in the 2015-16 season and continuing through 2023, as reported at Sports Illustrated.com.

The series, to be named after former Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt, will feature eight games over four days on the first full week of the season, usually the second week of November. Each Big East team will play at least six times over the term of the series, each Big Ten school at least four times.

The tournament will have an unusual broadcast twist, as games hosted at Big East arenas will be broadcast only on Fox Sports 1, while ESPN or the Big Ten Network will broadcast from Big Ten sites.

Predictably, the ESPN account of the news had yet another Freudian slip, where an early version of the article noted the ACC "already has laid claim to Madison Square Garden for future basketball tournaments". It has since been changed to "already has laid claim to Barclays Center for future basketball tournaments."

This is the third such series for the conference. Under friendlier circumstances, the Big East and ACC held a challenge series from 1989-92, with four doubleheaders hosted across both conferences with major TV coverage. Georgetown was featured in high profile games against North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia in as many years. From 2007-13 the Big East and Southeastern Conference competed in a six year series, with Georgetown playing at Alabama (twice) and at home to Tennessee to much less overall interest.

Report: Women's Basketball Losing Key Transfer 5/5/14

From women's basketball, the Hartford Courant is reporting that Natalie Butler, the Big East Rookie Of The Year, has received a transfer from the University and is interested in playing at Connecticut.

Butler averaged 13.9 points and 13.3 rebounds a game for the Hoyas, which has seen a number of outbound transfers in recent seasons. In November, top prospect Shayla Cooper quit the team two games into the season and transferred to Ohio State.

Fifth Recruit For 2014 5/5/14

A second generation Hoya is the fifth recruit for the upcoming season, reports the Washington Post and other recruiting services.

Alonzo Mourning III, better known as Trey Mourning, will sign a letter of intent May 16. The 6-9 Mourning averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds at Ransom Everglades HS in Coral Gables, FL, and selected Georgetown over strong offers from Duke and Florida.

"He has emerged as one of the best shooters of his size anywhere in the country,” said high school coach Claude Grubair. "What he showcases is incredible shooting skill and a high IQ, so he will be a very good fit for Georgetown."

The Post report cites Mourning as signing a national letter of intent, which is only available for scholarship players and appears to refute the Internet chatter that Mourning would walk on. With the addition, the Hoyas would have 12 of 13 scholarships filled for the 2014-15 season.

The projected depth chart entering the season (totals refer to points per game in 2013-14):

D. Smith-Rivera
Jabril Trawick
Aaron Bowen
Mikael Hopkins
Josh Smith

Tre Campbell
LJ Peak
Reggie Cameron
Isaac Copeland
Bradley Hayes

David Allen
(Jr walk-on)
Riyan Williams
(Jr walk-on)
Paul White
Trey Mourning
Basketball Team Attends Clinton Lecture 5/1/14

Members of the men's basketball team met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (F'68, L'80) at Gaston Hall Wednesday, the second of four lectures from Clinton over the next two years.

"It's not every day that you can say that you had a chance to meet a president and it's pretty cool to know that you walked the same campus as a United States President," said senior Nate Lubick.

"It was an amazing experience to hear him speak and then to meet him," said junior Jabril Trawick. "It's one of the things that really makes Georgetown special."


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