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Georgetown Basketball: September 2010 News Archive

Schedule Finalized; Top SOS In Big East Updated 9/21/10

Georgetown has posted the dates for the Big East portion of the schedule previously posted to the left, but did not settle on a 6th home game, leaving GU with just five non-conference home games for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

The strength of schedule is the toughest in the conference (see below) and the best (as measured by end of season RPI) since this stat was tracked by this site beginning in the 2002-03 season. (The numbers below do not count potential matchups in the Charleston Classic after Coastal Carolina):

  Non-Conf. Opponent RPI
Team 1-50 51-99 100s 200s 300+ Mean

2002-03 4 0 1 5 1 171.3
2003-04 1 0 4 5 1 207.0
2004-05 1 1 4 1 4 199.8
2005-06 2 2 1 2 3 160.9
2006-07 2 2 2 6 1 182.3
2007-08 3 1 3 3 1 148.2
2008-09 2 0 3 3 1 170.7
2009-10 4 2 2 2 1 122.8
2010-11 4 1 2 3 0 111.5

With all 16 Big East schools having posted its schedules, it's time to look at the relative strength of non-conference schedules.

Using the end of regular season RPI , Georgetown's 2010-11 schedule ranks first among the Big East schools in average RPI among its upcoming opponents.

The RPI average does not include later round opponents at in-season tournaments (only those identified in the respective schedules are counted).

  Non-Conf. Opponent RPI at end of 2009-10 Season
Team 1-50 51-99 100s 200s 300+ Mean

Georgetown 4 1 2 3 0 111.5
Syracuse 2 3 4 2 0 122.5
Seton Hall 3 1 4 1 1 138.2
W. Virginia 1 3 4 1 1 142.6
Connecticut 3 0 3 2 2 162.8
Louisville 3 1 4 4 1 166.0
S. Florida 2 1 4 5 0 169.2
Notre Dame 2 1 3 2 2 172.6
Marquette 3 0 3 4 2 177.0
Pittsburgh 3 0 3 4 2 179.7
St. John's 2 0 3 2 2 179.8
DePaul 1 1 3 4 1 182.4
Providence 1 1 4 4 2 193.4
Villanova 2 0 2 5 1 201.7
Rutgers 0 3 4 3 2 201.8
Cincinnati 0 2 3 3 4 222.7
First Verbal for '11 Announced 9/20/10

Various recruiting sites are reporting that Jabril Trawick, a 6-4 guard from Abington Friends High School in Jenkintown, PA, has made a verbal commitment for the Georgetown class of 2015. Trawick averaged 16.7 points a game as a junior at Abington and chose Georgetown over Florida State.

"The coaching staff and the group of players that I will be playing with is a big reason why I chose Georgetown,Ē Trawick told Alex Kline at RecruitScoop.com. ďThe time we will get on television is awesome and I really like the Verizon Center. There are a lot of connections there, itís like a pipeline."

Trawick will be among five guards vying for minutes following the graduation of Austin Freeman and Chris Wright in 2011.

Georgetown cannot comment on any verbal commitments prior to the signing of a National Letter of Intent.

Where In The World... 9/12/10

It's a long way removed from Healy Gates to the U.S. Consulate General office in Mumbai, where Omari Faulkner (C'03) and his wife Marquex (F'01) are now stationed. The story of how they met and their life after Georgetown is the subject of this article from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

"I traveled to more than 35 countries as a U.S. Cultural Envoy in 2005 while she finished law school," said Omari. "Then we both relocated back to my city, Memphis, for two years. I received a promotion that led us to Atlanta, then back to D.C. We're both now working for the Department of State in Mumbai, India." The couple were married in 2008 and have a seven month old daughter.

Charleston Classic Brackets Set 9/9/10

The Mason Bench blog has posted the brackets for the upcoming Charleston Classic, which will have Georgetown opening up against Coastal Carolina (28-7, RPI 134 in 2009-10) in the first round bracket.

The bracket has been completed with the addition of the University of South Carolina-Upstate, in its fourth year at Division I, to the eight team field.

Early Season Exam 9/8/10

Last season, Georgetown toughened its December schedule with travels to Butler and Washington, and this year's schedule features another pair of early season tests with Utah State and Temple.

"I knew [Utah State was] a terrific team, a veteran team," said coach John Thompson III in this link to ESPN.com. "It's going to be a really good game. I wanted to challenge our guys again before the Big East play."

Counting its games in the Charleston Classic, Georgetown will play more non-conference games on the road or at neutral sites (7) than at home for only the second time since the 1980-81 season.

"There was a time when Georgetown could coast through the non-conference slate without too many challenges. That era is over," writes ESPN's Andy Katz. "Playing in the Verizon Center means dates can be tough to get and hosting tournaments is not often an option. So the Hoyas must venture out across the country and also accept tricky home games. JT3 gets this."

Q&A: Rich Chvotkin 9/3/10

About to enter his 37th season behind the microphones for Georgetown basketball, Rich Chvotkin sat down with the Connection newspapers for a Q&A interview.

How did he get the job?

"I went to the athletic director, talked to the director of athletics and said, "I did this in undergraduate," and they said, "OK, wonderful. Make a tape." So I made a tape. Obviously they liked it," Chvotkin recalled. "And then they said, "OK. Well, hereís the problem: we donít have a radio station; we donít have an advertiser. You can be the voice of the Hoyas, but we have nothing else."

So we had to go out and a get a radio station, sell all the advertising...So the first year or two was pretty much touch and go, because there really wasnít a great market for college radio, and again, Georgetown not being in radio and having a program, we had to start from scratch. So, my wife to be ó we werenít married yet ó she wrote the commercials, we went to find advertising. So it was a real chore to get the thing going, but we got it going. That was the big thing to really get it off the ground. And then, of course, as the team continued to progress, it got better and better and better. And then when Ewing came, it was a whole different world; everyone wanted to be on Georgetown radio."

Fifth Freshman For 2010-11 Announced 9/2/10

The men's basketball team welcomed its freshmen at a New Student Orientation event this week, per a video at GUHoyas.com.

In addition to his introductions of Nate Lubick, Aaron Bowen, Moses Abraham, and Markel Starks, senior captain Chris Wright introduced John Caprio, a 6-6 small forward from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ. Caprio, averaging 18.1 per game for the Pirates last season, was one of the top 50 prospects in New Jersey for 2010 but remained unsigned into May. Caprio had a season high 23 points and 22 rebounds in a playoff win over Paramus Catholic before falling to St. Peter's Prep four days later in the semifinal.


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