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Georgetown Announces New Asst. Coach
The basketball office has announced a new assistant coach to fill one of the two coaching vacancies on John Thompson III's staff, welcoming Akbar Waheed from Hofstra.
"Akbar will be a tremendous addition to our staff," said coach John Thompson III in a brief statement. "His strengths are multi-faceted, he has a history of identifying, evaluating, recruiting and developing young men. Each aspect is essential. He is extremely smart and is a tireless worker."
Waheed, 39, has served as an assistant at Niagara (1999-2010) Boston College (2010-14) and most recently at Hofstra (2015-16). A 1995 graduate of Gonzaga College HS, Waheed received his bachelors and masters degree at Niagara.
The Class of 2016
2015-16: A Rough Year For The Hoyas
With its s 10-5 loss to Villanova last weekend, the Georgetown baseball team wrapped up the last of the head to head team sports for the 2015-16 academic year. The baseball team was subsequently eliminated from the Big East Tournament as a result of Seton Hall's 7-6 win over Butler on Friday evening. While six Big East schools play baseball, only the top four advance to the tournament in Aberdeen, MD on Thursday, May 26.
It's no secret that this has been a difficult year for many Georgetown teams. Only one men's sport, men's soccer, finished above .500 this season:
Georgetown has won Big East titles in men's cross country and men's golf, both of which were at conference meets.
The Georgetown men's track team finished fourth of seven teams at this weekend's Big East outdoor meet, while the women placed fifth of eight.
Another NBA Lottery Conspiracy?
Thirty years later, it's still the stuff of NBA lore and 6,000 word articles. Did NBA commissioner David Stern really have the New York Knicks' draft lottery card put in a freezer to facilitate the selection of Patrick Ewing (C'85) as their #1 pick? No, but it's a legendary tale.
Now, another Georgetown name is in NBA lottery talk, when Dikembe Mutombo (I'91, H'10) congratulated the Philadelphia 76ers for the #1 pick...four hours before the lottery itself. A quick delete followed, but in the 140 character universe, nothing really goes away.
The #1 pick in the 2016 NBA lottery was revealed later that evening was... the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mutombo called it a mistake and told the Philadelphia Inquirer he was asked by a 76ers staff member to send out congratulations "if" the 76ers were the pick; instead, he sent it out when he got the text.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver accepted the apology and said the integrity of the draft remains secure. But it's going to be a legendary tale.
Lacrosse: The Face Of The Game
An article from the Players Tribune captures a moment at a recent Duke-Georgetown lacrosse game:
As the seconds dwindled down to our opening face-off against Georgetown, I went through my routine - envisioning the game plan that coach Danowski had gone over in the locker room, running through plays in my head, analyzing the match-up.
But as we took the field and I got a glimpse of the Hoyas, two players immediately caught my eye.
They were African-American.
Just like me.
We had a big game ahead of us, but in that moment, one question ran through my head: How did they get into this sport?
In 2015, there were just 88 African-Americans among over 3,100 student-athletes playing Division I men's lacrosse. The article is a powerful first-hand account of the challenges the author faced to become one of the sport's very best, and how others can follow.
"Just knowing that those two African-American guys were playing for Georgetown makes me hopeful that maybe another kid will see them playing and think, I want to play, too," writes Duke's Myles Jones. "Maybe he'll go with his dad to buy a stick and gear. Maybe he'll even play on a Division I team. And maybe when he steps onto the field for a D-I team, no one will do a double-take and wonder why he's there."
More Photos From IAC Construction
NBA Draft: Four Big East Prospects
In the first ten years of the Big East, seven different Georgetown guards were drafted. Since Allen Iverson in 1996, no Georgetown guard has been drafted. That streak appears ready to continue, at least according to Draft Express, who lists four Big East prospects for the NBA draft, but none from Georgetown.
The article lists four prospects: Providence's Kris Dunn at #4 overall, Marquette's Henry Ellenson at #13, PC center Ben Bentil at #45 and Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead at #46. Dunn and Ellenson have signed with an agent, while Bentil and Whitehead have until June 13 to exit the draft and return to school; Whitehead posted on Twitter that he will announce a decision this week.
As for D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, he rates 76th on Draft Express' list of seniors, and is not in the its top 100 prospects.
Jesse A. Mann (1921-2015)
Services were held over the weekend for professor emeritus Jesse Mann, 94, a former professor and dean at georgetown with over six decades of service to Georgetown and its students.
Mann, a native of Washington who attended Gonzaga College HS and received a Ph.D. from Catholic, arrived at Georgetown in 1947 as part of a group of lay educators brought into Georgetown after World War II. Alongside the likes of Carroll Quigley, Jan Karski, Jules Davids, Walter Giles, and others that formed the core of the SFS curriculum for the next two decades. Mann, a chairman of the philosophy department, served as dean of the SFS from 1967-69 and also served as dean of what is now the School of Continuing Studies.
Professor Mann was a devoted follower of Georgetown athletics and served as the University's NCAA faculty representative from 1977 through 1988.
Stories You Missed
Here's a link to prior coverage from the web site...all the way back to 1997.
Verizon Court Design
An alumnus from the class of 2006 has won a Georgetown contest for designing the Hoyas' home court at Verizon Center. Read more here.
The Class of 2018
There's something special about this year's sophomore class. Read more here.
Follow the construction of the John Thompson Center from a 24-hour on-site camera.