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An Q&A interview with head coach John Thompson III was posted Thursday at CBS Sports.com.
"We did well [last season], but I'm more excited about this group than about last year's group," Thompson said. "We're much deeper. We're much more versatile. We literally have three guys -- Jessie, Bradley, and Tre -- that can only play one position and literally everyone else can play multiple positions offensively and defensively. They can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions effectively. So we can be one of those teams where on any given night depending on the scouting report, a different guy can emerge depending on who is going to be out of the floor."
Thompson was also asked about the impact of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera for his senior year.
"Getting his degree and having the opportunity to do that is first and foremost," he said. "He has a chance to be one of the top five scorers in the history of Georgetown basketball. I think that him coming back is good for his development both on and off the court. I think eventually he came to that realization. Honestly, I don't think about legacy and things like that. We go out there and if we do the things we're supposed to do we're going to win and then the legacy part is going to take care of itself. And I think this team can do that. I think this team is positioned to have success."
A road game at NC-Charlotte will be held on December 22, per the 49ers web site.
The game will be played at the 20,200 seat Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte, home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. The 49ers play its other home games at 9,000 seat Halton Arena.
He had all the potential at UCLA. Then at Georgetown, Now, the NBA's Miami Heat is deciding whether center Josh Smith (ex'15) can commit to the grind of the NBA season, reports the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
"He's got some talent. He's got great hands," said Heat VP player personnel Chet Kammerer. "He obviously has some major weight issues. He would really have to be really committed to change his body. But he's just so intriguing."
"A lot of it has to do with maturity with me," Smith said. "I mean, my college career didn't go the way I planned. I didn't put in the work that I needed to. Right now, I'm just trying to be the best professional I can and just trying to show them now that the weight that I am now that I can still get up and down the floor, that I can still move, and that it's not a liability on offense or defense."
Meanwhile, another former Georgetown player is working to reestablish himself in the summer leagues.
Greg Whittington (ex'15) last played competitively in January, 2013 but is working his way back into some pro conversations.
"The whole organization and Pat Riley, they're good guys and they're a defensive-minded team first," he said in this link from SB Nation. "Coming from Georgetown that is also defensive-minded, so I already have that instinct to just got out there and play D before I score. They made me want to work hard for them so it's the same as being at Georgetown."
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