Georgetown Basketball: October 2010 News Archive
The NCAA has released its annual review of graduation rates across sports, with Georgetown University achieving a graduation rate of 84% of student-athletes against 93% of students overall in its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) calculations.
Men's basketball scored a federal graduation rate of 50% for the incoming class of 2003-04, with two graduating in 2007 (Sead Dizdarevic, Ken Izzo) and two transfers (Matt Causey, Ray Reed), for an overall GSR score of 78%. The GSR rates differs from federal graduation rates over how transfers are counted, with the GSR giving some positive weight to transfers who leave in good standing and otherwise complete their degree elsewhere.
Nationally, the NCAA overall rate was 79% of athletes graduating within six years, against 63% of students overall.
Here's the Georgetown recap by sport. Softball was not active during the recruiting period listed, and sports such as men's rowing and co-ed sailing are not counted for NCAA purposes.
Here are the five year ratings among Big East schools.
The condition of former Georgetown guard Charles Smith (C'89) has been upgraded to fair condition following a shooting last Thursday. A police spokesperson told the Price Georges Gazette that the assault may have been related to a gambling dispute, but did not elaborate.
Without an offer from an NBA club, 35 year old Allen Iverson (ex'98) has accepted a two year offer to play professionally in Turkey. Yahoo Sports reports that Iverson cannot return to an NBA club in the first year of the contract, which will pay him $2 million annually for the Besiktas club.
For the second time in the last three years, the New York Knickerbockers have waived Patrick Ewing Jr., on the last weekend prior to opening the NBA season. Ewing, 26, will not be among four former Georgetown players to suit up when the NBA season opens this week, among them Jeff Green (ex'08), Roy Hibbert (C'08), Dajuan Summers (ex'10) and Greg Monroe (ex'12).
"Yes I was cut again," Ewing commented on a Twitter feed. "This won't slow me down. I'll be back."
Former Georgetown All-American Charles Smith (C'89) was hospitalized Thursday following a shooting at his home in Bowie, MD.
At about 12:30 pm, neighbors in the subdivision reported gun shots heard at Smith's home. Paramedics found Smith, shot twice in the chest, and transported Smith to a local hospital for surgery. Sources told TBD.com (the former NewsChannel 8) reported that the wounds are not life threatening at this time.
A lone suspect is being sought, reports WRC-TV, who escaped on foot shortly after the incident. The suspect was described as a 5'5" black male, age not disclosed, with long black hair, wearing a red hat and brown jacket.
Smith, 42, is a 1989 graduate of the College who played four years on the Georgetown varsity from 1985-89. Famously known as the high school recruit who was told he would never start a game, the 6-1 Smith went on to earn Big East Player Of The Year and second team All-America honors during a college career that led him to be selected to the U.S. Olympic team. Smith was a two time Daly MVP Award winner for the Hoyas, and finished his career as the 6th leading scorer of the decade of the 1980's.
Following Georgetown, Smith played three years for the Boston Celtics and one season with Minnesota before playing overseas from 1996-2001. He was named to the Georgetown All-Century Team in 2007.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (C'11) was named as the pre-season player of the year in voting announced at Wednesday's Big East Media Day.
The all-conference selections include Freeman, Kemba Walker (UConn), Ashton Gibbs (Pitt), Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall), Corey Fisher (Villanova), and Kevin Jones (West Virginia). All of the selections except for Jones are guards.
The pre-season poll has Georgetown picked fourth. The results are as follows, with the team's 2009-10 finish in parentheses:
The Syracuse Post-Standard held its annual pre-media day poll of Big East writers Tuesday, with Georgetown placing fourth in the poll.
Here's a comparison to last year's media poll against the actual finish at season's end:
ESPN has released its women's college schedule, with Georgetown earning a first time appearance on ESPN2 and another on ESPNU.
Unfortunately, aging McDonough Gym doesn't figure into either appearance. The Hoyas will play at St. John's on Feb. 13 on ESPN2, and one week later against DePaul on Feb. 20, this time on ESPNU.
ESPN.com and various recruiting web sites reported over the weekend the verbal commit from 6-10 forward Brandon Bolden at Friday's Midnight Madness event.
Bolden is from Sumter, SC and has transferred to a high school in Charlottesville, VA for his junior season. He is rated among the rising recruits for the high school class of 2012.
Officials at the Maui Invitational have confirmed Georgetown among the list of participants at its scheduled November 2011 event, adding a twist to the eight team, three day format.
Four schools, not identified in the release, will play in games leading up to the tournament but will not attend the tournament in Hawaii. Each of the seven Maui-bound teams will have a home game in November 2011 against one of these teams, while the four teams will play a second game within their group before the actual tournament begins in Lahaina, HI. For Georgetown, it means that one of its early home games will feature one of these four schools before entering play in the Maui Invitational.
The eight schools to participate in November 2011 are Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA, and host school Chaminade. Five of the seven schools have competed in the tournament three or more times, while Georgetown and Tennessee have attended just once, with the Hoyas playing in 1999.
Senior Julian Vaughn is the subject of a pre-season feature in Friday's Washington Post.
One the matter of succeeding Greg Monroe in the pivot, head coach John Thompson III noted that "I've never looked at it as: 'How are we going to replace Patrick Ewing Jr.? How are we going to replace Roy Hibbert? How are we going to replace Jon Wallace?' It's: 'Okay, this is who we have. How is this group going to win?'
"Julian is going to be our starting center, so there's going to be more responsibility on him this year, and he's prepared himself for that. Last year, the opposition prepared for us with Greg as our primary post presence. It will be Julian this year."
Here's an early look at the depth chart heading into the pre-season (points per game in parentheses, expected starters in bold):
The Washington Post has reported a verbal commitment from 2011 senior Mikael Hopkins, a 6-9 forward from DeMatha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, MD.
Hopkins chose Georgetown over Maryland and Kansas, among other schools.
"They're the lone potentially ranked, major-conference team with three true road games and a semi-road game," writes columnist Luke Winn. "The trips are hardly easy, either -- visits to the best team in the CAA (Old Dominion), the best team in the A-10 (Temple), the best team in the C-USA (Memphis) and a Big 12 contender (Missouri in Kansas City)."
Senior Austin Freeman was selected as one of 50 semifinalists for the John Wooden Award, but may face an uphill battle if past history is any indication.
No Georgetown player has received the award. In 1985, Patrick Ewing swept every major national award but the Wooden, which is chosen by sportswriter ballot. The award that year went to St. John's forward Chris Mullin, with teammate Walter Berry selected the following year. Since then, no Big East player has won the award.
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