The Washington Times - March 13, 2011, 11:59PM

Almost three weeks have passed since Chris Wright broke a bone in his left hand. His phone hasn’t stopped ringing. So many calls and texts came that Wright posted a message on Twitter last week asking people to leave him alone.

About the only thing that could slow the questions is what Georgetown coach John Thompson III said Sunday: Wright will start Friday’s NCAA Tournament game in his return to action.


“People have been asking me, ‘Do you think you could’ve avoided it?’” Wright said. “Been a lot of things people have been asking me and questioning me about. But I couldn’t do anything to prevent (the injury). If I could, we wouldn’t be here talking about this.”

Asked if the hand is completely healthy, Wright was evasive.

“I hope so. I don’t know. I feel good,” said Wright, who shoots with his right hand. “When I’m going to be out there Friday I’m not going to be favoring it. I’m going to play like I always have. If something happens, you wont notice it.”

But, tellingly, Wright noted his high pain tolerance and said the hand “has to keep healing, keep progressing over time.” He’s been doing cardio work since the injury Feb. 23, but hasn’t participated in full-contact work on the court. That starts Monday.

“He’s as tough as they come,” Thompson said. “Is that enough? I think so.”

Also …

— reported Sunday night Georgetown picked up a verbal commitment from forward Greg Whittington of Oakland Mills (MD). He’s the fourth member of the Hoyas’ 2011 class.

— Georgetown’s game Friday will be televised on TNT. It tips off at 9:50 p.m. Eastern time, 8:50 p.m. in Chicago.

— Wednesday’s USC-VCU game in Dayton, Ohio, will be televised at 9 p.m. on truTV.

— Thompson’s reaction to the No. 6 seed was mixed. Was it fair? “I don’t know. … Just about everyone during the course of the year had highs and lows,” Thompson said, pointing out that 17 of Georgetown’s opponents made the tournament. “This time of year seeding is less important than matchups.”

— The team travels to Chicago Wednesday. Given the late tip for the USC-VCU game, the Hoyas will likely depart not knowing who they’ll face.