The season officially gets underway on Friday, but before that happens, I figured I’d let you in on what’s going on with the Hoyas who’ve taken their basketball skills beyond the hilltop.
Last year, we set up Twitter lists so you could keep track of all the Hoyas, past and present, who are on Twitter. Well a year’s a long time in the Twitterverse, so we felt it was time to update those lists with some new faces and to add some long-lost fan favorites.
Chris Wright scored 34 Points in Georgetown’s recent win against Harvard. The performance earned him a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll, and here are some interesting stats about the 30-point game:
- Wright’s point total was the highest scored by a player in a game under head coach John Thompson III.
- It was only the second time since JTIII became the head coach that a player for the Hoyas has scored 30 or more – Jeff Green scored 30 points in the 2007 Big East Semifinal win over Notre Dame.
- The 34-point performance is the highest by any Hoya since February 7, 2004 when Gerald Riley put up 37 at home against Miami.
Since 30-point games have been such a rare occurrence lately for the Hoyas, we thought it would be a nice time to look back at the most recent 30-point games. Instead of going back all the way back through the entire history of the Hoyas, we decided to begin with the 1994-95 season. That was the year that Allen Iverson was a freshman.
Last week, the NBA season got underway, and here’s how your Hoyas have been faring so far:
- Allen Iverson has yet to play for the Memphis Grizzlies as he injured his hamstring before his new team’s season got started. He did however return to practice this weekend, and he will likely make his Memphis debut tonight.
- Jeff Green has gotten off to a great start with the Thunder as he’s averaging just shy of 20 points in his first three games. Last night, Oklahoma City dropped its first game of the season, but Jeff earned a double-double in the losing effort with 19 and 11.
- Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers are off to an 0-2 start to the 2009-10 season, but the good news is that Roy has been getting some more minutes and he’s been managing his foul trouble situation a bit better than he had in his rookie season. We’ll have to see if he can keep that up, because the more minutes Roy can play, the more of an impact he’ll have. And more good news – the Pacers have picked up the contract option on Roy for the rest of the season.
- DaJuan Summers has yet to see any action with the Pistons so far, as Detroit has gotten off to a 1-2 start. He hasn’t dressed for the first three games, but hopefully his effort in practice will help him break in to the game day roster.
- NBA star and possible Team USA member Jeff Green will be in town this weekend at the Bethesda Big Train’s baseball game. The Big Train will be facing the College Park Bombers on Saturday in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League at Shirley Povich field in Bethesda. First pitch is set for 7:30pm, but Jeff will be present to sign autographs beginning at 6:15. [GUHoyas.com]
- Another former Hoya making headlines this weekend is Perry McDonald. The 1988 graduate is being honored by the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. [GUHoyas.com]
- Georgetown has announced an Interim A.D. after the departure of Bernard Muir last month. Season ticket holder and Georgetown’s Senior Vice President Dan Porterfield will be taking the role of Athletic Director temporarily while the search for a full-time replacement takes place. [Vox Populi]
- The Orlando Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Chamionship on Saturday, earning them a place in the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers. Patrick Ewing will be on the bench coaching the Magic on Thursday when the series begins.
- Reggie Williams was recently hired to be the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore, MD.
- Jeff Green will be one of 20-24 players participating in the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas this summer. If he does well, he may be participating in the World Championships in 2010 representing the United States.
- Michigan State beat Connecticut in the first game of the Final Four. With the entire city of Detroit behind them, the Spartans upset the Huskies, 82-73, to advance to their first championship game since they won it in 2000.
- In the other semifinal, North Carolina defeated Villanova 83-69. They’re set to face Michigan State in the Championship game tonight on CBS with tipoff scheduled for 9:21.
- Allen Iverson came back to play for Detroit after sitting out a month with a back injury. But apparently, he still wasn’t healthy enough, and Detroit announced that he would sit out the rest of the season.
- Jeff Green and the Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Indianapolis yesterday to play Roy Hibbert and the Pacers. Roy had 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning campaign, while Jeff had 11 points in the loss.
- On Saturday, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Villanova Wildcats 56-54 in Philadelphia. With their third win against a team in the Top 10, Georgetown has revitalized their quest for an NCAA Tournament bid. They’ll have to keep winning though, as they play St. John’s in New York City on Tuesday.
- Two of the Top 3 teams in the nation lost this week with #1 Pittsburgh losing at Providence and #3 Oklahoma falling to Kansas.
- Kevin Durant sprained his ankle in the Thunder’s game on Friday against the Mavericks. Without his sophomore teammate, Jeff Green had back to back double-doubles as he put up 28 and 12 in the overtime loss at Dallas and then followed that up with 27 and 10 in the victory at Memphis.
- One week after sitting behind the bench during the game against Louisville, Jonathan Wallace has a brand new team in Europe. He’ll be playing for EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. Oldenburg is also home to Hoya alum Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. [Press Release via HoyaTalk]
- The Georgetown Hoyas overcame a 16-point second half deficit to force overtime the Carrier Dome. They couldn’t seal the victory, though, as they fell to Syracuse 98-94 in overtime.
- None of the teams in the Top 5 lost over the weekend, but #5 Louisville fell to Notre Dame on Wednesday, 90-57. The Cardinals took their revenge on unsuspecting DePaul by crushing the Blue Demons 99-54 yesterday.
- In the NBA, it was All-Star Weekend, and on Friday Jeff Green scored 13 points for the sophomores in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge as his side won 122-116. Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant led all scorers with 46 points as he carried the sophomores to victory.
- Allen Iverson did not have a spectacular All-Star game as the East lost, and he only ended up with two points and three assists.
Just a quick reminder that we’ve reached the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, and plenty of Hoyas are going to be in on the festivities.
- Tonight at 9:00, Jeff Green and Thunder teammate Kevin Durant will be playing on the Sophomore team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. The game will be shown nationally on TNT.
- Also tonight at 9:00, Patrick Ewing, Jr. of the D-League’s Reno Bighorns will be participating in the Dunk Contest as a part of the 2009 Dream Factory. Patrick had a great showinglast year at the college Dunk Contest during Final Four weekend as he came away with second place.
- Allen Iverson will be participating in the NBA All-Star game at 8:00pm on Sunday night. This will be Iverson’s 10th All-Star game, and his 9th time as a starter. The only year he did not start was in 2007, his first year in the Western Conference, after being traded to Denver, but he did not play at all in that game due to injury.