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This weekend marks the 75th Homecoming at Georgetown, complete with plenty of on campus events in advance of the game Saturday against Bucknell.
Check http://homecoming.georgetown.edu for a full list of all Homecoming related activities.
Registration has closed for the Hoop Club open practice. Details from the announcement are reprinted below:
Menís Basketball Open Practice Ė Saturday, October 25
"Georgetown Basketball and the Hoya Hoop Club cordially invite you to join us for Men's Basketball Open Practice 2014. An annual event, this is an opportunity to meet the 2014-15 Hoyas, hear from Coach John Thompson III, and watch the team practice.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Autographs
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Coach John Thompson III Address and Q&A
Leo J. O'Donovan Hall
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Hoyas Practice
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named the pre-season player of the year at the 36th annual Big East Media Day in New York.
Smith-Rivera, who averaged 17.6 points per game in 2013-14, becomes the third Georgetown player in the John Thompson III era so honored, joining Roy Hibbert (2007) and Austin Freeman (2010). He was the only Georgetown player selected.
Georgetown was picked second in the pre-season poll, below:
1. Villanova (9 first place votes), 81 points overall
2. Georgetown (1) 67
3. St. John's 65
4. Xavier 52
5. Providence 49
6. Seton Hall 43
7. Butler 28
7. Marquette 28
9. Creighton 25
10. DePaul 12
Pre-season all-Big East teams are noted below.
2014-15 Preseason Player of the Year
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
2014-15 Preseason Rookie of the Year
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall
2014-15 Preseason First Team
Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, Jr., 6-6, 185, Pendleton, Ind.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-3, 214, Indianapolis, Ind.
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, Sr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Texas
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-7, 235, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Matt Stainbrook, Xavier, C, Sr., 6-10, 270, Bay Village, Ohio
2014-15 Preseason Second Team
Billy Garrett, Jr., DePaul, G, So., 6-6, 205, Chicago, Ill.
LaDontae Henton, Providence, F, Sr., 6-6, 215, Lansing, Mich.
Rysheed Jordan, St. John's, G, So., 6-4, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-6, Bethlehem, Pa.
2014-15 Preseason Honorable Mention
Roosevelt Jones, Butler, G, Jr., 6-4, 227, O'Fallon, Ill.
Chris Obekpa, St. John's, C, Jr., 6-9, 240, Makurdi, Nigeria
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-2, 185, Scotch Plains, N.J.
The Georgetown women's team was picked eighth of ten teams, down from sixth place in the 2013-14 pre-season poll last year.
Extensive coverage follows below:
How has Georgetown fared in pre-season polls versus the real season? Here's a view of the predicted vs. actual finishes in the JT III era (2004-present):
Veteran sports writer Jerry Carino has published his pre-season list, placing Georgetown second to Villanova. Also with an early view: Jeff Eisenberg at Yahoo Sports, also placing the Hoyas second.
Less optimistic is Athlon Sports, which also projects a second place finish but another opening round loss in the NCAA tournament.
From CBS Sports.com, its preview of the 2014-15 Big East race:
- St. John's
- Seton Hall
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