Georgetown Basketball: August 2001 News Archive
A number of recruiting publications are reporting a verbal commitment from 6-8 forward Brandon Bowman from Los Angeles, California.
"I liked the campus, the players and the coaches," Bowman told the Prep West Hoops recruiting newsletter. "I met the dean and I knew this was the right opportunity for me."
"We have family on the East Coast," his mother told RivalsHoops.com. "He had a very good time on the trip to Georgetown]."
Bowman, who reportedly scored 1190 on his PSAT, was also considering Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Tennessee, and New Mexico.
Schools cannot comment on verbal commitments until a letter of intent is signed, which would not be official until the early signing period in November 2002. Earlier this summer, a recruiting web site posted that Oakland, CA point guard Armando Surratt had verbally committed, but Surratt denied any such commitment.
As Demetrius Hunter prepares to enroll at Nevada Las Vegas, not Georgetown, for the fall, a local columnist in Las Vegas supports Hunter's move to be closer to his daughter.
"Being across the country and not being able to see her grow... man, that was tough," said Hunter in this link to the Las Vegas Review Journal. "Ten days at Christmas, maybe four days at Easter, even the phone calls at night -- that just wasn't enough."It was important to me for her to notice me being around. I don't want her to think of me as a stranger."
Former Georgetown guard Demetrius Hunter has announced he will transfer to the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, according to a story at ESPN.com."I looked at the situation beyond basketball and when I finish playing, this is where I want to live," said Hunter. "[A transfer] is something that I have been thinking about for a while. I've been on the other side of the country and only got a chance to go home once."
UNLV does not have a scholarship for Hunter in 2001-02, but Hunter will pay tuition during the next year and receive a scholarship the following year.
Former Georgetown coach John Thompson was the subject of a Sunday feature in the Washington Times. Thompson, as a radio host in the Washington area, continues to surprise and educate people who thought they knew him just as a coach.
"I listen to the show every chance I get," said coach Craig Esherick. "The funniest thing about it is that people come up to me and say, 'Gee, I really like the show, but I didn't know [Thompson] was like that.' "And I say, 'Well, I knew. And the reason I did was because I played for him.' This is him. He's not pretending to be somebody else."
Following a story on ESPN.com, an August 15 press release from Georgetown confirms that guard Demetrius Hunter will transfer for this fall. He will have two years eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2002-03 season, at a school to be announced.
"We wish Demetrius all the best." said Coach Esherick in the release. "He's leaving in good academic standing and although we'll have to adjust the plans for the team involving him, we understand and support family responsibilities being taken seriously."
Here are additional links to the story, although many of the accounts simply reiterate what was discussed on ESPN and/or the Georgetown release.
Patrick Ewing (C '85) was listed among the ten greatest players in college basketball history, according to a Dan Wetzel column from CBS Sportsline. And while a list of top ten will inevitably leave out some great names (among them Jerry West, Bill Bradley, Earvin Johnson, and Michael Jordan, just to name a few), it's an interesting read.
The USA National Team participating in the the 2001 FIBA World Championship For Young Men completed its week in Saitama, Japan with the gold medal, defeating Croatia 89-80 on Sunday. Sophomore Mike Sweetney, a member of the team, did not play in the final and averaged 5.2 ppg in five of the eight games played.
Here are additional links to review the action:
Senior Kevin Braswell and sophomore Mike Sweetney have been nominated to the list of 50 candidates for the the John R. Wooden All-America Team and Player of the Year awards. The complete list can be found at Excite.com's sports pages.
Georgetown alumnus Ted Leonsis (C '77) was featured on the front page of Sunday's Washington Post. Leonsis, a top executive at AOL and part of the ownership group for the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals, sees the Internet as an invaluable tool to expand the team's reach.
"If teams have strong Web sites that give fans a chance to talk to players and coaches, read the latest news, download pictures and chat with other fans, they can create the same kind of sense of community that Leonsis was able to foster within the users of AOL," writes the Post.
One of Leonsis' early projects while working through college is also recalled in this link to Georgetown Magazine.
The month of August should begin to see news on finalizing conference games and many of the remaining non-conference games to be added to the 2001-02 schedule. To bring readers up to date on games announced or reported this summer, here is a link on the list to date:
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