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Twenty-one years ago, this web site posted a small item to honor the origins of Memorial Day. It has proved popular each year, and in an era where our attention is once again focused on protecting our nation, this note is presented in honor of those whose sacrifices we remember this weekend.

In 1876, Georgetown University adopted the colors blue and gray to honor its former students who had fought and perished in the Civil War. To this day, over 350 students and alumni have died in the service of their country, as well as faculty, chaplains, and Georgetown-trained members of the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Eight years earlier in 1868, not far from the University, a proclamation was read by Gen. John Logan, the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for a day of remembrance for those who had died on the battle fields. This proclamation is said to be the origin of Memorial Day.

This weekend, please take a brief moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by men and women from whose courage has helped ensure the countless blessings we now enjoy, and those blessings we seek to secure for the future:

"We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.

"Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic."

 
 
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A pair of online reports Thursday evening, followed by an Instagram post from the source, confirmed rising senior Jessie Govan will forego the NBA draft and return to Georgetown for his senior season.

Simultaneous Twitter messages from both Jeff Goodman at ESPN and Jon Rothstein at CBS each reported they were told Govan would return



Govan responded with a confirmation via Instagram.

Govan was the leading figure for the Hoyas in 2017-18, averaging 17.9 points and 10 rebounds a game, becoming the first player to average double figures in both categories since Mike Sweetney in 2002-03. Govan led the team in scoring in 15 games this past season, including the last four, averaging 25.7 ppg. However, he was not invited to the NBA combine and was not projected as a draft pick.

NBA draft prospects that have not signed with agent have until May 30 to formerly withdraw from the draft and maintain eligibility.

 
 

Transfers and early entries contributed to a mixed report for men's basketball's Academic Progress Rate score, which tied for last in the Big East for this year's NCAA report.

The Academic Progress Rate, or APR, is a four year weighted average of each men's and women's sports team at NCAA member schools. A 1,000 score connotes a 100% graduation rate. The rate consists of one point for each eligible student-athlete and one point for each graduated student-athlete, an index that penalize schools with students that either are ineligible, or who leave school early.

Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points.

The APR for Georgetown men's basketball over the last ten years is as follows:   
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Villanova 985 980 974 978 978 983 988 994 1000 1000
Seton Hall 918 936 935 951 963 979 995 1000 1000 990
Butler 964 1000 1000 1000 1000 985 974 974 968 984
Providence 939 935 925 925 915 947 957 979 984 979
Creighton 961 956 960 975 971 972 991 986 981 971
St. John's 959 961 968 959 941 942 953 952 974 964
Xavier 976 985 990 965 965 958 949 964 969 964
DePaul 940 987 1000 984 984 960 952 943 943 961
Georgetown 942 937 937 958 966 973 950 952 957 950
Marquette 970 975 980 970 960 959 949 962 966 950
 

The Georgetown results among all sports are below (note that men's rowing and sailing are not included in that they are not recognized NCAA sports.) 

 
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Baseball 978 992 996 985 996 996 996 1000 996 992
Basketball (Men's) 942 937 937 958 966 973 950 952 957 950
Basketball (Women's) 975 982 983 1000 991 1000 995 981 986 986
Cross Country (Men's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 995 991 992 989 992 1000
Cross Country (Women's) 986 988 992 1000 1000 1000 1000 997 996 996
Field Hockey 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Football 966 968 979 986 977 980 988 991 991 991
Golf (Men's) 1000 993 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Golf (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 991 1000 1000 1000
Lacrosse (Men's) 982 987 991 967 990 984 982 988 984 984
Lacrosse (Women's) 989 994 996 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Rowing (Women's) 1000 980 968 1000 990 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Soccer (Men's) 991 977 966 988 971 983 990 993 993 996
Soccer (Women's) 991 992 992 1000 997 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Softball 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Swimming (Men's) 1000 1000 1000 [x] 1000 [x] [x] 1000 1000 1000
Swimming (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
Tennis (Men's) 957 1000 1000 [x] 1000 [x] [x] 1000 1000 1000
Tennis (Women's) 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 983 982 1000 1000
Track (Men's Indoor) 1000 1000 1000 1000 996 992 992 989 992 1000
Track (Women's Indoor) 989 992 997 1000 1000 1000 1000 984 994 997
Track (Men's Outdoor) 1000 1000 1000 1000 996 992 992 989 992 1000
Track (Women's Outdoor) 989 992 994 1000 1000 997 997 984 994 997
Volleyball 986 993 993 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000
 [x]: Did not report; fewer than three student athletes in recruiting class.
 
 

A semester after he was thrown off the team for an unspecified violation, a report from ESPN suggests former Georgetown center Chris Sodom will transfer to George Washington in 2018-19.

As reported in December, Sodom played in just six games this season, scoring just four points. Sodom's six games was the fewest of any Georgetown scholarship player since Jason Burns (1999-2000) and was the only first-semester departure from the program since Joe Holmes, a 6-9 freshman who was asked to leave prior to the start of the 1978-79 season and transferred to Central Washington.

 

After a pair of local games in the Big East-Big 10 Gavitt Games, Georgetown is scheduled for a road game at Illinois on November 13.

Georgetown played a two game series with Maryland in the opening seasons of the Gavitt Games challenge, but were not on the docket for 2017-18. The Hoyas and Fighting Illini are one of eight games scheduled from Nov. 13-16, featured by a rematch of the 2018 NCAA title game between Michigan and Villanova. Other scheduled games include Wisconsin at Xavier, Ohio State at Creighton, St. John's at Rutgers, Seton Hall at Nebraska, Marquette at Indiana, and Penn State at DePaul.

Both Georgetown and Illinois struggled last season, and the two teams have not seen recent NCAA tournament action. The Illini were 14-18 in 2017-18 but add a top 20 recruiting class for this fall, with six newcomers and a top 30 prospect in guard Ayo Dosunmu.

Illinois owns a 4-1 series advantage over Georgetown, sweeping a two game series in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons when the Illini were a combined 63-9 over those two seasons.

 

Facing a reduction in high-profile non-conference games, the Big 12 Conference is considering a series of games with the Big East, reports the Kansas City Star.

"What's happening is some other leagues are considering going to 20 games, so if a couple leagues go to 20 games, it'll be harder to get a non-conference home and home," said Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard. "So we've had some discussions with the Big East about the possibility of doing a scheduling alliance to counterbalance the SEC Challenge so that we would have 20 games locked up."

Each conference has 10 schools, making such a series available to all teams.

A Big East-Big 12 series would likely not begin until the 2019-20 season.

 

Tre Campbell will earn his degree from Georgetown on May 19, but his basketball career isn't over.

Eligible for the fifth year graduate exemption, Campbell announced on his Instagram page he will be joining the University of South Carolina next fall.

"I want to thank God to put me in this position and giving me this opportunity to play one more year of college basketball and prove everybody wrong," said Campbell. "And also want to thank Coach [Frank] Martin for this chance."

Campbell did not return to the team in 2017-18, focusing on rehabilitation following the Feb. 6, 2017 bus accident that injured his knee. Campbell averaged 3.7 points per game over 84 games, with 21 starts.

 

The invitations to the NBA Combine include the top NBA draft hopefuls, but Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan are not among them.

Among the 69 players invited are six draft entrants from Kentucky, five from Duke and Kansas, and four from Villanova. With 236 early entrants and numerous seniors in the mix, the combine roster is considered the most likely candidates for one of the 60 positions in the 2018 draft.

Derrickson, who previously signed with an agent, is not a projected draft pick. Govan is also not a projected pick but did not sign with an agent which allows him to choose to return to Georgetown for his senior season if he gives notice to do so by June 11.

The 2018 draft is June 21.

 

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