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Georgetown Basketball: October 1998 News Archive

High School Junior Opts For Georgetown 10/22/98

FastBreak Magazine is reporting in this link from ESPN that Georgetown has already received a verbal commitment from a high school junior! 6-7 Mike Sweetney from Oxon Hill, MD is said to have made a commitment, though he cannot officially do so for over a year. Sweetney averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a sophomore at Oxon Hill, and was a 4th team All-Met pick and first team all-conference selection in the Prince George's County 4A division.

In this link from the Washington Post, noted recruiting expert Bob Gibbons said Sweetney should "definitely' be a Top-10 project by his senior year. And why did Sweetney choose Georgetown so early? "Everybody was trying to tell me where to go, but ever since I was little I wanted to go to Georgetown. I had already made up my mind."

Thompson Discusses 98-99 Season 10/20/98

"If we can stay out of foul trouble, we'll be fine."

Such were the words of coach John Thompson, speaking to Ken Denlinger in this link to the Washington Post. Other items of note:

  • Sophomore Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje will have four years of eligibility thanks to a NCAA medical exemption. The exemption was awarded following Boumtje-Boumtje's season ending injury versus Miami last December. This will allow the 6-10 center additional opportunity to grow and develop his game in the college ranks. Georgetown received similar medical exemptions in the past with Mike Frazier and Ralph Dalton due to serious injuries.
  • Georgetown may use Boumtje-Boumtje and senior Jameel Watkins in the same lineup, although foul concerns could limit this combination on the floor at the same time. The front court looks to include Rhese Gibson and Trez Kilpatrick for key stretches.

    Meet Officer Allen 10/6/98

    In just three weeks on the Net, TheHOYA.com has become required reading for Georgetown sports fans. With a series of features on football and soccer already garnering reader attention, here's a link to a feature story on Anthony Allen (C'90), an All-America high school forward and a sixth man on Georgetown's 1987 and 1989 Big East title teams.

    Long Ruled Academically Ineligible 10/7/98

    A press release from Georgetown has confirmed that junior guard Shernard Long is academically ineligible for the first semester. The release does not indicate when the decision was made.

    "We will review Shernard's status after exams but he will not play in the first semester." Coach Thompson said in a statement. "It's unfortunate athletically, but it's our responsibility as educators to make certain that academic concerns are emphasized." The first semester ends December 22, so it is possible that Long could be ready by the Dec. 30 game vs. Miami, according to the Washington Post.


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