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Welcome Class of 2019 4/1/15

Admissions letters are official today for the Class of 2019, where 16.4 percent of the applicant pool was admitted. (While many schools have eschewed letter in favor of e-mail or even text messages, Georgetown maintains a tradition of the written word for the formal invitation to join the class.)

All 50 states were represented again this year, with 11 percent self-identified as African-American, 17 percent Asian-American and 12 percent as Hispanic. The average SAT across the accepted students was 1436 on a 1600 point scale.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and welcome to Georgetown.

Smith-Rivera Leaves Georgetown 4/1/15

An unexpected chill fell over the Georgetown basketball program Tuesday when junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera announced his intention to hire a pro agent and seek a professional career, rendering him ineligible for intercollegiate competition.

A brief statement by John Thompson III simply noted that "He has given a great deal to this program and we will do everything we can to help him pursue his goals."

Smith-Rivera led the team in scoring in 2014-15 and was named a first team all-Big East selection. He scored 1,386 points in three seasons for Georgetown, 18th on the all-time scoring list, and could have joined names like Floyd, Ewing, Williams, and Mourning atop the career scoring lists at the conclusion of a senior season.

The decison was surprising, given that Smith-Rivera is not listed among the top 100 prospects by any of the three major NBA scouting services, and there was widespread online chatter that Smith-Rivera will soon be headed overseas instead of an NBA career.

"Smith-Rivera is a first-class shot maker and excellent ball-handler who is adept at using his limited physical stature... to his advantage," wrote an analysis at Casual Hoya. "However, he is not particularly quick, long, or tall, and those physical disadvantages will be exposed at a professional level," "He isn't big enough to be a shooting guard or quick enough to be a point guard, which will pose problems on offense and could be disastrous on defense. He's already 22 years old, making big leaps of improvement (or the random growth spurt) unlikely."

DSR's last appearance at Georgetown will likely be at the annual Hoop Club banquet on April 30.

Additional coverage follows below:

JT III Era: Fighting Through Attrition 4/1/15

It's a sign of the times, but John Thompson III's 11 seasons at Georgetown have seen a record number of transfers and departures:

Class of 2008
Jeff Green *Left for NBA
Cornelio GuibundaTransferred to American
  
Class of 2009
Marc EgersonTransferred to Delaware
Octavius SpannTransferred to Marshall
Josh ThorntonTransferred to Towson
  
Class of 2010
Vernon MacklinTransferred to Florida
Jeremiah RiversTransferred to Indiana
Dajuan SummersLeft for NBA
  
Class of 2011
Nikita MescheriakovTransferred to Wake Forest
Omar WattadTransferred to TN-Chatt.
  
Class of 2012
Greg MonroeLeft for NBA
  
Class of 2013
Jerrelle BenimonTransferred to Towson
Vee SanfordTransferred to Dayton
Hollis ThompsonLeft for NBA
  
Class of 2014
Moses Ayegba *Transferred to Nebraska
  
Class of 2015
Otto PorterLeft for NBA
Greg WhittingtonLeft school
  
Class of 2016
Brandon BoldenTransferred to Kansas St.
Stephen DomingoTransferred to California
D'Vauntes Smith-RiveraLeft for pro basketball
  
* Graduated
 
2015-16 Depth Chart 4/1/15

With the departure of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Georgetown starting five is likely to be as young an outfit as any since the 1982-83 season when the Hoyas started two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior. In fact, it could be even greener than that.

Prior to the arrival of Louisville transfer Akoy Agau in December, the 2015-16 roster will have one scholarship senior in Bradley Hayes (0.9 ppg)and one junior in Reggie Cameron (1.2 ppg). The rest of the team are freshmen and rising sophomores, with an open gap in shooting guard that may be filled over the summer or backfilled by L.J. Peak by the time the season begins in November:

PGSGSFPFC
Campbell (So.,3.4) Peak (So., 7.9)Copeland (So., 6.8)Hayes (Sr., 0.9)
Allen (Sr. Walk-on)Williams (Sr. Walk-on)White (So., 5.1)Derrickson (Fr.)Govan (New)
  Cameron (Jr., 1.2)Agau (transfer)Mourning (So., 0.0)
  Johnson (Fr.) 
 

With Smith-Rivera's departure and the graduation of the seniors, just 35 percent of the Hoyas' 2014-15 shooting returns in 2015-16, assuming no other departures or transfers.

James J. Barry (1943-2015) 3/31/15

Jim Barry (C'65), the All-American forward who was considered the greatest Georgetown basketball player of his era, died Sunday at the age of 72.

Barry grew up in Elizabeth, NJ, not far from a cousin that would become an NBA All-Star. But while Rick Barry would become a well known name in later years, it was Jim that was the talk of the town, with a love of the game that began when his father installed a basketball hoop on the family's garage.

"My father attached a basketball rim to the garage in the backyard when I was about five years old," Barry recalled in a 2005 interview. "At first it was just dirt ground, but he eventually had concrete installed. Thatís when everybody wanted to come over to play a game."

As a 6-1 high school freshman, Barry carried his St. Peter's Prep team to the 1958 city championship. As a sophomore, he carried Prep to the 1959 state title, earning tourney MVP in a 56-50 win over Trenton Catholic. The offers started coming in nationwide for Barry, who narrowed his final choices to Virginia, Marquette, Georgetown, Boston College, and Fordham, accepting the offer of former St. Peter's Prep star turned coach Tommy O'Keefe (C'50) to attend Georgetown in the fall of 1961.

ďI didnít want to go down south," Barry recalled. "Georgetown was close enough for my parents to drive to, I wouldnít be too far away from them, and I wanted to make sure I had a good education to fall back on in case basketball didnít work out, which turned out to be a wise decision. I figured that if I got hurt, at least I would have a good degree."

Barry was part of O'Keefe's first recruiting class, including Joey Franz, John Prendergast and 6-4, 245 lb. Ron Duncan, who transferred from Georgetown after his freshman year to pursue a college football career which eventually led to three different NFL teams. But it was Barry that was dominant, averaging 24 points and 15 rebounds a game.

"Barry's arrival to the varsity came after a successful 1961-62 season that saw a record eight seniors graduate, taking 79.9% of the team's total scoring with them," wrote a 2007 feature for the Top 100 players in Georgetown history, where Barry was the only top 10 selection prior to 1972. "With only two returning lettermen, Coach Tom O'Keefe relied on a half dozen newcomers to fill the gaps. From what could have been a disastrous 1962-63 season, this sophomore forward turned it into one of hope and promise for Georgetown's basketball future.

"He opened his Georgetown with 29 points against St. Joseph's, still a Georgetown record for a debut game. After eight games, the 6-6 Barry led the team in scoring with a 16.5 average, and he was only getting started. After returning home from the 1962 Motor City Classic, the Hoyas were a lowly 2-7. Employing what the local papers called a "shuffle" offense, Barry's shooting began to turn the Hoyas around and, in so doing, shredded the stat sheets: 35 vs. William & Mary, 31 against Loyola, 41 vs. Navy. In a three week period, Barry averaged a remarkable 28.9 points per game as the Hoyas ran off a six game win streak, its longest in 10 seasons. A mid-season road trip to Niagara, Syracuse, and Maryland yielded three tough losses, but Barry continued to pile up the points, averaging 25.7 in those three games alone. The undermanned Hoyas then reeled off five more wins, with Barry scoring 21, 22, 25, 28 and a 39 point effort against Manhattan, in an 89-87 win.

"Barry's 30 points against LaSalle was judged the top Palestra performance of the season by Philadelphia sportswriters, topping games that year by the likes of Bill Bradley and Barry Kramer. With six 30+ point games and 16 games of 20 of more, Barry ended the season with a school record 22.8 points per game, fourth among all sophomores nationally, with United Press International naming him an honorable mention All-American. From a 2-7 start, the Hoyas had rallied to win 11 of its final 16."

Barry's high flying style took a decided turn on Feb. 16, 1963 in a 39 point effort versus Manhattan at McDonough Gymnasium.

"I went up for a rebound in that game and came down straight and got bent a little bit. I didnít have much mobility after that."

Barry played the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus, which was not fully diagnosed by Georgetown until after the season. Off-season surgery cost Barry the entire 1963-64 season, but he came back in a big way in 1964-65, averaging 19 points a game on 47 percent shooting and an 86 percent mark from the free throw line. On Feb. 27, 1965, he set a school record with 46 points in a 91-70 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. No one, not even Allen Iverson, has come within six points of the record in the last half-century. Three nights later, Barry set a single game record with a 13-13 effort from the free throw line versus American, another record which still stands.

Barry was married after the season but opted to come back for the 1965-66 season, where his knee injuries were more pronounced and his playing time waned.

"I wanted to make the pros," Barry said. "It didnít look like a realistic possibility after the injury. It certainly made it harder to make the NBA. I finished out my last season, but the coach had lost confidence in me." Barry opted for a brief career in the Eastern League but took his earlier advice to heart.

"It was a pro league that didnít necessarily pay very much, but I enjoyed playing and it gave me some money while I was in law school", Barry said. Following his J.D. degree from Seton Hall in 1969, he moved to Monmouth County, NJ and began a 45 year law career that included a term as a municipal judge and president of the Ocean County Bar Association.

Like many of the O'Keefe era players, Barry was not as visible in Georgetown circles during the Big East era, though Thompson, a contemporary of Barry at Providence College, knew his reputation. "Sometimes we forget the past, but that Barry could have played for me," Thompson said. Barry kept close ties with many of his former teammates, which would hold regular reunions in Washington over the years.

Barry was inducted into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and was honored on its All-Century team in 2007. A member of the Class of 1965, Barry passed away just two months short of his class' 50th reunion.

Jim Barry his survived by his wife Bonnie and three sons: Richard, James Jr. (B'89) and Christopher. Due to the Easter Triduum, services will be scheduled early next week. Please see this link for details.

Additional coverage was provided by a 2005 feature in the Manasquan (NJ) Coast Star.

Mutombo To Be Honored Apr. 17 3/30/15

From the Georgetown University Alumni Association:

Dear Georgetown Alumni,

The Georgetown University Alumni Association is delighted to share that a longtime member of the alumni community, Dikembe Mutombo (Ií91, Hí10), Hoya basketball great, president and CEO of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and member of the board of directors for the CDC Foundation, will receive the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award at John Carroll Weekend this year in Los Angeles, April 16-19. The Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award, named for the 46th president of Georgetown University (1976-1989), was established in 1996 to recognize an alumnus or alumnae who has rendered outstanding community, public or professional service in support of humanitarian causes...

Throughout his success, Mutombo was always committed to helping others and became known off the court as well for his humanitarian efforts. In 1997, he set up the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which builds hospitals and provides health care in Congo. In 2007, the foundation was able to open the capitalís first hospital in 40 years.

For these dedicated gifts of service, and for his commitment to living the charge to be a man for others, he will be honored at the John Carroll Weekend event, "A Conversation with 2015 Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award Honoree Dikembe Mutombo ", on Friday, April 17, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. President John J. DeGioia will be on hand to conduct the conversation and will be joined by Paul Tagliabue (Cí62), Georgetown Board of Directors chair and former NFL commissioner, as they discuss Mutomboís dedication to global human development and the influence of Georgetownís Catholic and Jesuit values on their ongoing commitments to helping others.

Register now to share in this and many more social, cultural and intellectual activities taking place at John Carroll Weekend in L.A., and help celebrate an alumnus who has made a lasting mark as a global humanitarian.

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