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A press release at GUHoyas.com notes that former coach John Thompson will be inducted into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame at Nationals Park, the successor to the former "Washington Hall of Stars" which were a series of signs at RFK Stadium.
Coach Thompson will be announced along with 11 other local figures, but the press release didn't mention the other Georgetown athlete being honored.
In 1968, Los Angels Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale broke a Major League record which had stood for 65 years with his sixth straight shutout. The previous record was held by Guy (Doc) White (D'1902), a Georgetown grad who won 189 games over a 13 year career with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox, holding a lifetime ERA of 2.39. In 1906, "Doc" (nicknamed for his dental studies) was 18-6 with an ERA of 1.52 as the White Sox won its first World Series title.
White was named to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953 and died at the age of 90 in 1969. Read more about a life well lived, that included notoriety as a dentist, a songwriter, a champion gardener, and a basketball coach at what would later become UDC, in this link to the Society for American Baseball Research.
This past weekend, the New York Times Magazine had a feature on the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, who at 18-63 are one of the worst clubs in the NBA for a second straight season. The article included a look at former Georgetown center Henry Sims (C'12), who grew from a project player at Georgetown to a NBA center whose salary approaches $1 million a year.
"If LeBron existed at one pole of the NBA, Henry lived at the other," writes Michael Sokolove. "At 6-foot-10, he plods up and down a basketball court. When he has to hurry back on defense, he lowers his head and pumps his arms. He is a dependable kind of player who puts himself in the right place at the right time."
Sims, who was once cut from an NBA team while boarding an airplane, knows what the commitment is all about.
"Pro ballís a hard business, man, a real hard business," he said. "If you donít know that, you shouldnít be in it."
There's been no official press release, but recent comments by head coach John Thompson III to CBS Sports.com supports the evidence that rising senior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will be back for his senior season.
"I think it was emotional for D'Vauntes when he made the initial decision [to enter the NBA draft] because we had a difficult loss in the tournament to Utah and the season came to an end,Ē said coach Thompson. "When he was able to take some time and get some information, he then made an accurate decision -- an informed decision. I think that's what it's all about. He made the right decision to come back and get his degree and be a part of a team that I think is going to be pretty good next year."
"I really like the group we're going to have next year. "Because of what we went through this past year, we have experienced, quality players. They all can do things. We've got D'Vauntes coming back as a senior and he's going to be one of the better guards in the country. We've also got big Jessie Govan coming in as a freshman and he's going to add a different element. Offensively, he can do a lot of different things. He's big, he's physical, but at the same time he's really skilled. He's got a great feel for the game."
Former Georgetown center Greg Monroe (ex'12) has refuted a report in the New York Daily News that a move to the NBA's New York Knicks is a "done deal".
"It's a shame that people just write stuff that's not factual at all but we as players have to come in here and answer for it when we have absolutely nothing to do with it," Monroe told the Detroit Free Press. "I guess he's doing his job. That's what you guys do. You write it's a done deal then they must have another guy named Greg Monroe somewhere around there I don't know about because I haven't agreed to anything,"
A deal by the Knicks while Monroe is under contract to the Detroit Pistons would be a league violation, but Monroe adds, "I haven't discussed anything with anybody," Monroe said. "My agent hasn't discussed anything with anyone. It's the stuff I've been telling you guys all year is exactly what I've been doing. I've been focused on this season and that's going to be it."
A slow news day at the Georgetowner, where local D.C. statehood activist Mark Plotkin rails at Georgetown for not playing George Washington in basketball.
"You see, doing something for the city is not what moves them. They donít identify with D.C.," Plotkin writes. "They just donít give a damn. And they get away with it."
The article is a retread from many of his past rants on the subject, which usually devolved to conspiracy theories why Georgetown did not play in the BB&T Classic. (Now that Georgetown actually does, that's been edited.) In 2006, he claimed in the Washington Post that WTOP "is going to be doing a story, or stories, on how they don't want to be civically engaged and are depriving the children's charities of millions of dollars." (Never happened.)
Over at the Post, they've amusingly heard this before. In an article titled "People are clamoring for a Hoyas and Colonials matchup. Well, one person," Clinton Yates writes "First off, to say that the Hoyas donít identify with D.C. because they wonít play GW doesnít make sense. Itís not like theyíre rolling out the red carpet to play, say, Howard, either. But more importantly, the Colonialsí menís hoops program has its own fine history that need not obsess about living in the proverbial shadow of Georgetown."
With Georgetown fans waiting for some sort of official announcement on the status of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Big East Coast Bias blog takes an early look at arriving freshmen Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson.
"Govan looks to be more muscular and toned up because he is running the floor really well and seems to have increased his athletic ability to run with the guards," it writes. "Georgetown will need all of that because if he plays the four or the five, he will have an advantage against other big men if he is able to do that on a consistent basis.
"Derrickson's jump-shot has always been there, but the question is can it be consistent on a daily basis. Derrickson can step out and knock down from the perimeter. Copeland started to develop that at Georgetown and became more confident that he can make the shot. We are currently seeing the offense of Georgetown change because they are getting big men that can step out and shoot, while also body in the paint and prepare for the toughness of the conference."
A flurry of Internet chatter on Tuesday followed a Twitter post attributed to Scout.com that junior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has reversed a decision to leave Georgetown and seek the NBA draft.
Additional coverage followed when Smith-Rivera's mother confirmed this to ESPN, but a team spokesman told the Washington Post that Georgetown has not been informed of this.
Smith-Rivera led the team in scoring in 2014-15 and was named a first team all-Big East selection. However, he is not listed among the top 100 pro prospects by any of the three major NBA scouting services, which may be at play if he is reconsidering a decision.
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