Sunday, January 19, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
JOB SECURITY As Georgetown fans and alumni become more frustrated with the direction the program is taking, reliable sources said coach Craig Esherick will sign a contract extension later this week.
IS THERE A PRO IN THE HOUSE? Marty Blake, the NBA’s director of scouting services, thinks so. Blake, who sat courtside, has many interesting things to say about Georgetown forward Mike Sweetney and center Wesley Wilson.
Blake really didn’t want to talk about the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Sweetney because he is a junior, but Blake offered a few observations about his future. “The Playboy All-American team is the best one that I think anyone ever picks, and [Sweetney has] been on it twice,” Blake said. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that he can play.”
According to Blake, the 6-11 Wilson, who has disappeared at times this season, will be invited to the Portsmouth Invitational a select college tournament for future prospective NBA players.
“He doesn’t get many touches, but he’s going to be invited to play in postseason tournaments,” Blake said. “First of all, you can’t find centers. You get a center once every 22 years. I send a little mirror out and it’s not a joke if you see a guy 7 feet and he’s breathing, I want him to play. You cannot find centers.”
HELP IS ON THE WAY While the Hoyas’ backcourt is getting exposed in conference play, the good news is that a real guard is signed, sealed and soon to be delivered. Incoming recruit Matt Causey, a 5-11 backcourt star from Liburn, Ga., was named MVP of the 10th annual Red Cross-Rotary Roundball Classic. Causey scored 22 points with four assists and three steals in the championship game while leading Berkmar High School to a 76-53 win over Norcross. The championship was Berkmar’s third straight.
HECKLE OF THE DAY This is A-list material. Late in the first half as St. John’s guard Marcus Hatten was about to shoot a free throw, a courtside heckler yelled, “Hey, Marcus, give me back my hubcaps!”
Ken Wright

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