- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Seen and heard yesterday at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York:

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PROTEST — Georgetown’s vote of confidence for coach Craig Esherick’s future apparently is not sitting well with Georgetown alums. A protest rally is scheduled for noon Wednesday on Healy Circle in front of university president John J. DeGioia’s office. Organizers insist the theme of the rally is not to fire Esherick. Demands include an accountable plan for ensuring the future of the program, an on-campus arena, publishing arena plans and beginning fund raising, strengthening the schedule, increasing seating for students and alums and improving lines of communication with Georgetown’s cash-donating alums.

NOT THE WAY TO GO OUT — Courtland Freeman’s last college game ended in the worst possible way. Early in the second half, Freeman came down on the foot of Boston College power forward Craig Smith, sprained his left ankle and did not return. With 17:55 left in a tight game, Freeman’s career ended on Madison Square Garden’s floor.

ABOYA THE HOYA? — There’s buzz that Georgetown has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward Alfred Aboya for 2005. Aboya, a junior at Tilton School in New Hampshire, is a native of Cameroon and won’t be able to officially sign with Georgetown until the early signing period in November. Georgetown’s ties to a line of African centers who ended up in the pros seemingly gives the Hoyas an edge over Connecticut, which also is courting the raw but athletic player.

Aboya averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds this season in leading Tilton to its first New England Class B championship. The word is that Aboya visited the Hilltop during the Christmas break and, with the Cameroon embassy nearby, instantly was sold on Georgetown. His friendship with former Georgetown center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje also helped the school recruit Aboya.

Ken Wright

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