- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2003

Seen and heard last night at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York:
SWEETNEY SNUB? The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, which chooses an All-America team, has passed over Georgetown star forward Mike Sweetney.
However, a strong case can be made for Sweetney. The 6-foot-8 junior is the only player in the nation ranked in the top 20 in points (22.7), rebounds (10.4) and blocks (3.1). Despite Sweetney's statistical dominance against ranked teams like Syracuse, Duke, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, he was not included among the 15 finalists for the USBWA's All-America teams which means he won't even be a third-team All-American.
The USBWA is considering Xavier forward David West and Kansas center Nick Collison as its two first-team All-America post players. Sweetney's statistics stack up well to theirs. He is the nation's 11th-leading scorer; West is 37th in the nation (20.4 points), and Collison isn't even ranked in the top 50. Sweetney is the nation's 14th-leading rebounder; West is the nation's fifth-leading rebounder at 11.9 and Collison is the 27th-best at 9.4. Sweetney is 10th in the nation in blocks; West and Collison aren't even ranked in the top 30.
MR. BOW TIE'S SUCCESSOR Now that Jim Phelan, the bow tie-wearing former Mount St. Mary's coach, has called it a career, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim has the longest active coaching tenure at one school. Boeheim is in his 27th season.
SPINGARN'S FINEST Syracuse retired Sherman Douglas' No.20 in a pregame ceremony at the Carrier Dome last Sunday. Douglas, who attended Spingarn High School in the District, was just the fourth player to have his number retired by the Orangemen. Douglas joined Dave Bing (No.22), another Spingarn product who also is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as Vic Hanson (No.8) and Pearl Washington (No.31). Douglas was the point guard on the 1986-87 Syracuse team that lost the NCAA championship game to Indiana on Keith Smart's shot with four seconds left.
Ken Wright

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