The Washington Times - December 17, 2011, 03:04PM

Around the time Georgetown tipped off against American on Saturday, the Boston Celtics announced former Hoyas Jeff Green would miss the season and requires surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

Needless to say, that’s scary stuff, and it provided a sobering topic of conversation after Georgetown’s 81-55 rout.

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“This has been a difficult week, so to speak,” coach John Thompson III said. “Obviously, Jeff is a part of who we are and he’s as upbeat as anyone can be as it relates to what’s going on with him.”

Green was part of Georgetown’s Final Four team in 2007 and was the fifth overall selection in that year’s NBA Draft. Thompson said he spoke with Green on Saturday morning before the Hoyas left campus.

“I don’t want to speak for Jeff, but it’s been a trying week,” Thompson said. “I’ve seen the progression from terrified to confident, and that comes with education, that comes with truly understanding what he’s going through and he has to go through and the confidence in his support system and the confidence in the doctors he’s going to be working with. Each day, that has grown.”

Patrick Stevens