In this year of transition for Georgetown, coach John Thompson III has stressed that everyone on the roster is still learning their way, tasked with making sense of new positions, greater responsibilities and increased pressures to perform.
Georgetown's overtime thriller against No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday showed off the tantalizing potential and painful inexperience of sophomore center Mikael Hopkins.
The tale surrounding Otto Porter's arrival at Georgetown seems to have grown more florid with each passing day, to the point where one might believe the Hoyas magically unearthed a rebounding machine from the middle of nowhere and inserted him into the starting lineup of a Big East contender without anyone in the college basketball world knowing what hit them.
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Markel Starks' summer was stuffed with responsibility last year. More playing time awaited the Georgetown guard, and a team trip to China loomed.
Teams of former college players from the D.C. and Philadelphia areas will face off next month in a pair of exhibitions designed to promote The-BALL (Basketball Alumni Legends League), a new pro league for those who don't make the NBA cut.
Georgetown graduate Henry Sims stood in the dimly lit Verizon Center hallway a couple of hundred feet from his old locker room. He's lived in the Washington-Baltimore area all his life, and when the NBA draft concludes Thursday night, he hopes it stays that way.
The surroundings were familiar, but the uniform was different for Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark. The former Georgetown stars found themselves back at Verizon Center last week to work out for the Washington Wizards, the latest step in their attempts to forge a professional career heading into next Thursday's NBA Draft.
In the searing pain of their final moments together, right down to the miserable trudge out of the locker room every basketball team without a net-cutting ceremony to cap its season inevitably takes, it wasn't hard for Georgetown to look back.