- BB&T Doubleheader
- Two Weeks To The Kenner League
- More Thompson Center Photos
- Campus Plan Discussed
- Georgetown Confirms Second Asst. Coach Hire
From CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, news about a doubleheader at the Dec. 4 BB&T Classic:
George Washington will play Florida State on 12/4 in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center, source told @CBSSports. Other game is TBD.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 21, 2016
Georgetown has participated in the previous two years after a much-publicized absence from the tournament, founded in 1995. GW missed the event in 2015 for the first time since its founding, citing a scheduling conflict.
Two Weeks To The Kenner League
The names may change, but one of the verities of summer basketball is the lack of any pre-promotion for the Kenner League, leading to the inevitable question: When is the season going to start?
The NCAA has cleared the 36th annual tournament to run from July 2 through August 2 at McDonough Gymnasium.
The first weekend's games, with rosters pending:
The 36th Annual Nike Pro City Jabbo Kenner League starts on July 2nd pic.twitter.com/lCYtk7iwnV— Nike DC Pro City (@dcprocitykenner) June 22, 2016
The 36th Annual Nike Pro City Jabbo Kenner League Schedule for Sunday, July 3rd. Come through and check us out. pic.twitter.com/mE106y8VsA— Nike DC Pro City (@dcprocitykenner) June 22, 2016
A brief history of the tournament can be found at the Georgetown Basketball History Project.
More Thompson Center Photos
Campus Plan Discussed
Georgetown officials began the public phase of community comments on its next campus plan, according to the Georgetown Current.
The major athletics-related issue is the deteriorating Yates Field House, which the plan discusses as follows: "The Campus Plan supports the option of demolishing the existing structure, allowing for broader thinking about the facility's future function. A replacement Yates facility would provide the opportunity to explore the highest and best use for the site and include a variety of programs synergistic to its primary recreational and athletic function, including a potential hotel/conference center in support of University and Hospital operations, and also allow the option of linking the facility to the nearby Leavey Center. Additional outdoor athletic space could potentially be accommodated adjacent to and on the rooftop of a replacement Yates facility."
Not cited: future renovations to McDonough Gymnasium (which will be 85 years old at the conclusion of the plan), when Cooper Field will be green lighted, and the third rail of Georgetown politics, the boathouse.
The plan is available in greater detail at this link.
Georgetown Confirms Second Asst. Coach Hire
Georgetown officials confirmed the hiring of Anthony Solomon as its new assistant coach, per a release at GUHoyas.com.
"I am pleased to have someone with Anthony's reputation and experience join my staff," said coach John Thompson III in a brief statement. "He is a highly regarded coach and a consummate professional. Anthony is a tremendous teacher and I think our players will benefit from his knowledge."
"He is an east coast guy getting back east," Brey said. "High school for his son, he's got some options in the Washington area and he is going with a great guy, J.T. III who is a great friend of mine and is on the NABC board with me. A great school and a great program."
Solomon, 51, was a four year letterman at Virginia from 1983 through 1987, and played on the Cavaliers' 1984 Final Four team. Starting as a graduate assistant at Delaware, he has held assistant positions at Bowling Green (1989-92), Manhattan (1992-93), Richmond (1993-94), Virginia (1994-98), Clemson (1909-00) and Notre Dame (2000-03).
In 2003, Solomon was named head coach St. Bonaventure, whose program had been leveled following an investigation earlier that year that its center, Jamil Terrell, was admitted and remained eligible despite possessing nothing more than a welder's certificate. The resulting outrage forced out the president, athletic director, and former coach, while the chairman of its board of trustees committed suicide a few months later.
Competing under NCAA sanction and scholarship reductions, Solomon was 24-88 in his four years with the Bonnies, returning to Notre Dame in 2008.
"John Thompson III and I were talking at the board meeting, he had two openings in April," said Brey. "He had two openings and I think he has filled two, but he had kind of [graduate assistants] out there doing leg work because he could not be everywhere. That I got through it with Martin [Ingelsby, who was named head coach at Delaware] and [Solomon] and that we have got our pool of kids we offered on the board in there, I am lucky with this timing."
"I've not had to fire a guy. I hope because we have made good decisions on the front end on who will be a good fit here. I don't think any of our staff who have left here - we have always left on a good note. Slo and I hugged each other and we are going to go to dinner with his wife in a week I told him, 'we had a hell of a run together' and we both smiled and said it was great run. But it is time. It gets stale. But we maxed it out."
Solomon joins Akbar Waheed on the Georgetown bench, who was announced May 23. The new hires replace Kevin Sutton and Tavaras Hardy, who left for opportunities at Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, respectively.
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