- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
BRACKETOLOGY The Hoyas will be either a No.3-West seed or a No.4-West seed in the Big East tournament, depending on the outcome of today's game between Syracuse and Boston College at the Carrier Dome. If Syracuse wins, the Hoyas would drop into the four slot and meet Providence or Villanova at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. If Syracuse loses, the Hoyas move into the three slot and face Providence or Villanova at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
ESH ON KB Craig Esherick was misty-eyed when he came into the interview room after watching his senior point guard single-handedly decimate Rutgers in his final home game.
"That was one of the best games Kevin Braswell has ever played for us," said Esherick after watching Braswell drop 18 points and 16 assists on the Scarlet Knights. "You know I can't say enough about what Kevin has done for me and for this basketball program over the course of his four years. He's started every single game [126 straight]. He doesn't miss practices. He plays hard every second he's on the floor. He's done everything I've ever asked of him the whole time he's been in uniform. And I think he's one of the best guards we've ever had, and I'm going to be very sorry when I'm not able to coach him next year."
VINTAGE BRASWELL Asked last Friday why he switched from No. 3 to No. 12 between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Braswell responded:
"Like most freshmen, I thought I was the one when I got to Georgetown, so I wanted Allen [Iverson]'s number. After my first year in the league, I realized that Allen came in here and did something probably nobody else will ever do. Take steals, for instance if Allen had stayed four years, I wouldn't have the steals record. It wouldn't even be close, and I realize that. After my first year, I just felt that Allen was so special that his number was almost sacred. In fact, I don't think anybody should ever wear No. 3 again at Georgetown, and I told [sophomore reserve] Omari Faulkner that. Nobody deserves that number."
MORE BRASWELL According to Marty Blake, the head of NBA Scouting Services, Braswell has been invited to the first predraft camp at Portsmouth (Va.) in early April.
"If I do well there, hopefully I'll get an invite to Chicago [to the most prestigious pre-draft camp]," said Braswell. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA, and it's right there if I play well at the camps."
Barker Davis


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