- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2003

Georgetown’s Mike Sweetney signed yesterday with SFX, sports agent David Falk’s company, and thereby ended his college career with a season of eligibility left.

Sweetney, whom many predict will be an NBA lottery pick, departed Georgetown as the team’s returning leading scorer (22.8 points) and rebounder (10.4). Considering the constant double and triple teams he faced last season, Sweetney’s decision was no surprise.

Without Sweetney, Georgetown is projected to finish near the bottom of the Big East Conference next season.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege working with Mike Sweetney,” Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. “I’m sure he’ll make a great pro, and although we’ll miss him, everybody wishes him the best of everything.”

Esherick, who has led Georgetown to one NCAA tournament in four seasons, has no one entering the program who can match Sweetney’s size (6-foot-8, 260 pounds), much less his ability. The Hoyas will be small in the middle next season.

If Sweetney, who grew up in Oxon Hill, had opted to return, Georgetown would have been a likely NCAA tournament team. Without him, the Hoyas face a struggle to make the NIT.

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