- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Big Man U. got a lot bigger yesterday.

Georgetown signed Darian Townes, a 6-foot-10 power forward from the District's Archbishop Carroll High School, to a letter-of-intent.

In addition to Townes, the Hoyas inked Matthew Causey, a 5-11 point guard from Berkmar High School in Liburn, Ga.

Townes, a consensus top-40 prospect, averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks last season. As a sophomore at Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School in 2000-01, Townes broke Virginia's single season high school record for blocked shots (183) set by Hoyas alum Alonzo Mourning.

"We've been watching him for a while and we've always been impressed with the way he can block shots," Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. "He has defensive instincts. His offense will come."

Causey is rated one of the top 100 players in the nation. Esherick said Causey can play either guard spot. Last season at Berkmar, Causey averaged 18 points and nine assists per game at one of the top-ranked high school programs in the nation.

"He's an excellent 3-point shooter," Esherick said.

Ken Wright


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