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Georgetown Basketball: June 2000 News Archive

Watkins Not Selected In NBA Draft 6/28/00

Georgetown postgraduate Jameel Watkins was not drafted in the 2000 NBA Draft Wednesday evening, but is expected to land a free agent invite to a training camp.

The Big East was well represented in the two round draft, however. Conference selections were as follows:

    Round One:
  • 12. Etan Thomas (Syracuse) to Dallas
  • 28. Erick Barkley (St. John's) to Portland
    Round Two:
  • 33. Jake Voskuhl (UConn) to Chicago
  • 34. Khalid El-Amin (UConn) to Chicago
  • 39. Lavor Postell (St. John's) to New York
  • 49. Jason Hart (Syracuse) to Milwaukee

Former coach John Thompson was an analyst on the TNT telecast, offering a late vote for Watkins by saying teams would be missing out on a Georgetown center like Watkins. In fact, since 1988, six Georgetown centers eventually played in the NBA. The list? Ben Gillery, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington, Don Reid (who was listed as both a center and forward) and Jahidi White.

Big East Announces Crossover Opponents 6/10/00

The Big East has announced the inter-divisional matchups for the 2000-01 season. As previously discussed, because of the two division alignment, teams play a full series with teams in their division (which includes Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, and West Virginia), and four games against teams in the other division.

Georgetown's 16 Big East games will be as follows, with dates and times yet to be announced:

Home: Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia, Villanova, Virginia Tech

Away: Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia, Providence, St. John's

So why not schedule BC and UConn before league play? Big East rules prohibit conference teams from playing each other in non-conference games unless it is within a tournament, according to the Syracuse Post Standard.

Mutombo Honored For Services 6/7/00

Six-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo (SLL' 91) will be honored at a White House ceremony June 13 to receive the President's Service Award, described in this link to NBA.com as "the nation's highest honor for volunteer service".

Mutombo began a charitable foundation cited earlier this year on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes to raise $15 million for a hospital in Kinshasa, Congo, and has personally donated $3 million toward the effort. He has launched a drive to immunize 10 million children in the Congo from the threat of childhood diseases, and is also active with community outreach projects in the Atlanta area.

"While I have worked very hard to make a difference in the community, I never thought I would receive this type of recognition, " said Mutombo. This award is really a special honor for me, and I am grateful for it."


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