Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hoyas on the road ready to glide to the Alabama Crimson Tide


Make em say ugh na na na na Hoyas!

The Hoyas (5-1) are coming off a 81-58 win over IUPUI. Next game is on the road to play the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) #12 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0). The Tide are coming off a impressive win over a tough and scrappy VCU squad. Senior F JaMychal Green (15.5 pts.) leads his team in scoring with teammate junior F Tony Mitchell (14.4 pts. 7.6 rebs. 2 assists) right behind. Last game against VCU Green had 14 rebounds and shot well from the field (26-50 @ 52%).

The Tide outscored the Rams 40-24 in the paint. This is supposed to be an Alabama team that shoots better from the perimeter than recent seasons, but on this night, the Tide sank only 1-11 shots from the perimeter. No problem. It pounded the ball inside to its big men and penetrated inside with its guards. The Tide bench combined for (16 pts.).

For the Hoyas senior G Jason Clark (17.0 pts) leads his team in scoring. Junior F Hollis Thompson (14.7 pts.) is not too far behind. Freshman sensation F Otto Porter is the leader at (6.5 rebs.) per game. The assist leaders for Hoyas are senior C Henry Sims (4.0) and sophomore F Nate Lubick (2.8). Lubick also had 14 rebounds last game. In the Hoyas last game against IUPUI the Jaguars quickly came out of the gates for the first half. Georgetown figured out IUPUI's strategy out and ran away with a 81-58 victory at the Verizon Center, in Washington, DC.

Hoyanation, the Hoyas will continue to play team basketball with a "sense of urgency" in Alabama. So far, they have quickly learned and fixed some things along the way.  As long as sophomore PG Markel Starks "consistently" uses quickness smarts the Hoyas should be fine. No one hand passes, no advertising passes. I'd also like to see him the fundamental "triple threat position" along with his teammates so they can be even more effective in attacking the basket. The lower you stay is the harder it is for the defense to steal the ball from you and the faster you can move. Pass, dribble or shoot in triple threat. Back to the basics "Triple Threat".

Alabama coach Anthony Grant on VCU: "I thought they came out in the first half and frustrated us. We knew coming in they would have a very similar style of play to ours, and we couldn't find a rhythm. But in the second half, our energy was good, our crowd got into it and we wee able to affect them with our press. So it's a good win, and a lot of learning lessons."

VCU PLAYER QUOTES in game against Alabama:

#20 Bradford Burgess, Guard
On the second half
“We weren’t solid on defense, we let them get some open shots, some offensive rebounds, and that kills a team when you’re trying to come back, when you’re down on the road. It just gave them all the momentum they needed to run away with the victory at the end.”

On what the team takes out of this game
“We just weren’t disciplined enough. We could have had a better outcome if we had stayed disciplined. The second half killed us. They shot like sixty something percent and outrebounded us. We just didn’t do the little things that we needed to do, especially on the road, to get victories, and they took advantage of it.”

On what Alabama does defensively
They are probably the most athletic team we will face all year. All those guys, one through five, are athletes, they can jump out of the gym, they can defend, they can rebound, and that is one of their advantages for their season, is just how athletic they are, how many athletic guys they have on the court at one time. We had a strategy, and we just did not stick to it, and they took advantage of it.”

On how difficult it is to guard Alabama’s size and strength
We didn’t stick to the strategy. Our strategy was to not let them get it in, and once they got it in, try to crush the post to make them pass it out, and work from there. But, they got easy buckets in the lane, their guards got into the lane, and helped create shots from the outside, and we just didn’t stick to our plan, and it showed in the second half, shooting sixty – something percent, and getting all those offensive boards.”

Let's Go Hoyas! Beat 'Bama!
Clap It Up Hoyanation!  Let's Goooooo!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hollis "Hollywod" Thompson and the Hoyas stick it to IUPUI Jaguars 81-58


Hoyanation, great second half turnaround for the Hoyas (5-1). Junior guard Hollis "Hollywood" Thompson shot 9-15 and led the Hoyas in scoring tonight (21 pts. 10 rebs. 2 assists 2 stls.)

Sophomore F Nate Lubick was also active on the boards tonight (8 pts. 14 rebs. 5 assists) and made great passes to teammates cutting to the basket. With the score 32-31 in favor of the Hoyas, the first half was a challenge for the Hoyas to overcome.

IUPUI's senior guard/forward Alex Young lit the scoreboard up for the Jaguars with 16 first half points. The Hoyas knew they had to shut down Young down for the second half. The Hoyas shot well from the free throw line 10-13 at 76.9%.

Senior Hoya G Jason Clark went 5-6 from the charity stripe. Jason also scored his 1,000th point for the Georgetown Hoyas. Senior Hoya C Henry Sims (14 pts.) continues to shoot well he went 6-10. Hoyas got 18 points from the bench with freshman F Otto Porter (6 pts. 7 rebs. 4 asst. 1 stl.) leading the way. Freshman F Gregory Whittington (7 pts. 1 asst.) was 3-7. 

Sophomore point guard Markel Starks (13 pts. 4 pts.) shot
6-9 and is coming along at his position. I think the move of the night was his "Earl The Pearl" reverse move into the paint. That move was crazy! 

The Hoyas outrebounded the Jaguars 42-34 and dished out 20 assists, Jaguars 11. Hoyas shot 49.3% from the field. Three point shooting for the Hoyas was only 27.8% 5-18.

The intensity level, sense of urgency from the Hoyas should carry over to the Alabama game on Thursday night 9:30. Great to see Nate Lubick and Markel Starks have a good game. This Hoya team has what it takes to win. The are a great cohesive unit all on the same page with the same goal in mind play hard, play smart and have fun. Winning follows!  Up Next Alabama!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

IUPUI glides into D.C. for a meeting with the Hoyas

Hoyas (4-1) back in action at home against the IUPUI Jaguars (2-4) on Monday night. This is the second meeting ever for both teams with the first meeting in 1998 which the Hoyas won 72-60. Although the Jaguars record doesn't look  impressive they still continue to play hard. In the Jaguars last outing at home Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Alex Young pumped in a season-high 30 points. Very unselfish team dishing out 30 assists in last game against Texas South University. Jaguars shot the ball at 46.6% 27-58, also shot 3's at 42.3% 11-26.

Hoyas returning from the EA Maui Sports Invitational at (2-1) looking very impressive. Hoyas two senior Henry Sims (24 pts.) and Jason Clark (26 pts.) were impressive leading their team to a big win against #8 Memphis.  6-foot-8 junior Hollis Thompson (12 pts.) is also off to an impressive start, also averaging 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his five starts. 

Freshman F Otto Porter (9 pts. 8 rebs. 3 assists 4 stls. 2 blks.) continues fill the stat sheet up for the Hoyas proven to the college basketball world what he can do.  Freshmen G Jabril Trawick
(4 pts.)  logged a productive 14 minutes especially on the defensive end - F Greg Whittington (4 pts. 2 rebs. 2 assists 2 steals in 23 mins.). Whittington had a big put back play to tie the game and send to overtime 78-78.

The mistakes near the end of the Kansas game didn't seem to appear in #Memphis win. "In the Kansas game, I told our guys we made mistakes coming down the stretch that we can control," Thompson said. "Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that's growth for this group."

The Hoyas will be at the one game at a time mode playing with same "intensity" that has gotten them to this point. The "chemistry and team bond" is a sight to see. The experience gained since August has paid dividends and will continue to do so for the team.  We know the world is watching that's one reason the Hoyas know they have "something to prove" each and every practice and game. Hoyanation, is all about, "When We Stand Together."

Hoyas, we all stand together!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hoyas win in #8 Memphis - Georgetown Classic style 91-88 in consolation game at Maui

Hoyas senior C Henry Sims fights for rebound against Memphis in EA Maui Sports Invitational consolation game

Amazing, totally amazing Hoyanation, "thy will be done"! Hoyas (4-1). Seniors Henry Sims career high (24pts. 8 rebs.) shot 10-17 and led the Hoyas in assists (4) once again 4-5 from the free throw this was key also for the Hoyas having the bigs make their free throws. Senior leader Jason Clark (26 pts.) was in "killer attack mode". Four players were in double figures.

Get the ball down in the paint Henry and Jason Clark were in takeover mode all night.    Henry makes real nice passes to his teammates on the dime. I've always said this. I guess watching Greg Monroe throw this pass to a perfection it rubbed off on Big Hank - that's okay with me! "We're getting better," Clark said. "I think we responded well after the loss after Kansas. I think everybody's starting to pay a lot more attention to what we need to do on the court."

Freshman F Otto Porter (9 pts. 8 rebs. 3 assists 4 steals 2 blks.) man, this young man is very productive.  Freshmen G Jabril Trawick (4 pts.) was in lock down mode, and F Greg Whittington (4 pts. 2 rebs.) made a key follow up basket from teammate Henry Sims will little time to go in the game. 

"In the Kansas game, I told our guys we made mistakes coming down the stretch that we can control," Thompson said. "Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that's growth for this group."

CBS College basketball anaylst Jon Rothstein said on Twitter before and after the game:  

Anxious to see how Georgetown's guards handle Memphis' pressure. Hoyas have been impressive early but PG spot is still biggest question.

Georgetown gets 50 combined from Henry Sims + Jason Clark to beat Memphis OT. Hoyas leave Maui brimming with confidence.  

It's Like That Hoyas!

Great Job Hoyas!


Hoyas, Memphis it is!


Wow, I knew there was a possibility of the Hoyas (3-1) meeting the #8 Memphis Tigers (2-1) of Conference USA in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. These two teams are scheduled for a regular season matchup in the nation's capital on December 22, 2011.

The Hoyas will be tasked in stopping Will Barton (25 pts. 11 rebounds, 3 steals) and brother Antonio Barton (21 pts.) shot 8-11 from the field in the Tigers double overtime win against the Tennessee Vols (2-2) in the Maui Invitational.. Another player to watch out for Tiger freshman G/F Adonis Thomas (19 pts. 2 blks.) who shot 7-10 coming off of the bench. Last game the Tigers couldn't keep Michigan guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke out of the lane and were disjointed at times on offense. Memphis had just six assists on 19 field goals and shot 33 percent, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range.

It just happens that the Barton brothers' Will and Antonio are from Baltimore, Maryland my adolescent home since I was 12 years old. Also, their mother was one of my best friends in high school (Northern High School, Baltimore, Maryland). We laughed and joked and got into trouble at times, but it was all clean fun. I love those boys of hers, but they are playing my Hoyas. 

The Hoyas steamrolled DII Chaminade and senior Hoya leader G Jason Clark a career high (28 pts.) 4 three pointers and had a field day shooting 10-12 in 24 minutes of playing time. "It's always tough to have a late game and turn around and play early in the morning, especially (since) it was a very intense game, very emotional game," Clark said. "We fought well last night, so some guys are tired, some guys are hurting. But I think that's something that we've just got to play through."

Hoya freshman F Otto Porter (17 pts. 7 rebs. ). He also shot 5-8 from the field and was 6-6 at the free throw line in 23 minutes of play.  It was the second time in four games that Porter led the Hoyas in rebounds. Porter is averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Senior C Henry Sims had 7 assists. All Hoyas played well and the bench made a good contribution. Would love to see the Hoyas wings sprint down the court as the point guard quickly pushes the ball to score in transition.  Need to see more the jumphooks from the bigs.

Do I have mixed emotions? Of course, it's natural to have those feelings, but I know I am the Hoyas "numero uno" fan, and it's all business with me. Nothing personal. I just want my Hoyas to win. I know they will!

My Ambition (Tats on My Arm) Hoyas warm up song




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hoyas keep DII Chaminade at a distance in 88-61 win in EA Sports Maul Invitational

A shooting clinic and career day on display for Hoya senior leader Jason Clark (28 pts.). Freshman Otto Porter (17 pts.7 rbs ) had a great game. The Hoyas (3-1) play smart and unselfish basketball (19 assists) 5 assists from senior center Henry Sims. It took a group effort. All Hoyas got the chance to play in the EA Sports Maul Invitational tonight against the Chaminade Silverswords. Wally Coulibaly (18 pts.) lead Chaminade in scoring. Silversword senior Matt Cousins (10 pts.) also scored in double digits. Up next for the Hoyas is Memphis. This game should be a dandy.  Last meeting was December 23, 2010. The #9 Hoyas beat (17) Memphis 81-69 in Memphis. This will be the first out of 2 games both teams will play. this season. Next regular season game against Memphis is December 22, 2011.


Hoyas gain composure but come up short, Kansas wins 67-63 in EA Maui Sports Invitational

Hoyanation, I could say this game is as I expected it to be minus the many mistakes. The young Hoyas (2-1) showed a strong will to battle it out with the -- ranked Kansas Jayhawks (3-1).  Hoyas came out flat shooting 0-5 from 3 point range. I think the decision to attack right away was not not established, therefore, the Hoyas settled for 3's. 

When you play a team like Kansas, and they are a major threat in the paint you have take the game to them by penetrating inside the paint dish or shoot the ball. This gets them into early foul trouble. Immediately give your bigs the ball and tell them to "go to work." Need more jump hooks from our bigs. Definitely need to see more of this. 

The point guard has to control the tempo of the game by making good decisions.  He also has to be ready every second the clock ticks. These are things can be fixed.When you don't have the ball you need to be in "triple threat" position. Its' just mind over matter and playing tough.  

It's all these things wrap up into one. Definitely have to do a better job at helm. At the half both teams were shooting 44.4%. End of game field goals Jayhawks 47.1% 24-51, Hoyas 40.0% 22-55. Jayhawks tore up the assist stats with 13, Hoyas only 6 assists. The Hoyas have to "push the rock" every chance they get then set up off the offense off of that. Speed, quickness, heart kills out there. More more more! 

Thomas Robinson, (Riverdale Baptist, Kenner League, Team Turner (2010) (20 points on 7-for-14 from the field, 12 rebounds and two blocks, 5 dunks) was dominant in the paint tonight for the Jayhawks. "He was a man amongst boys," one NBA general manager said. "You don't find that combination of strength, explosive athletic ability and motor every day. He's still learning how to play on the offensive end. But what he brings to the table every night, you can't teach." 

For the Hoyas senior guard Jason Clark (15 pts. 2 rbs. 2 steals) had "gutsy" outing. His leadership was a great factor for the Hoyas in keeping his team focused.  Junior Hollis Thompson's sharp shooting (14 pts.) and driving to the hoop and finishing was "stellar" for the Hoyas. The 6-foot-8 small forward impressed the scouts who were there. "He's got a chance," one NBA scout said. "He can shoot the ball, he can put it on the floor and he's got good size for his position. I like him."

Freshman Otto Porter, so many great things to say about he and his teammates for a valiant effort against the Jayhawks in the EA Maui Sports Invitational. 

ESPN college basketball analyst Eammon Brennan on What this game meant: Both teams have plenty of reason for optimism. For Kansas, the win is meaningful, but not nearly as much as the means by which it was achieved -- through gorgeous, pass-heavy offense and solid help-oriented defense. It means just as much for Georgetown, if not more; after losing Austin Freeman and Chris Wright to graduation this spring, the Hoyas were picked to finish No. 10 by the Big East coaches this preseason. That prediction deserves serious revision.

I think what surprised most about the Hoyas was their "composure to weather the storm." This was great game to gain that experience. I feel honored to have played one of the best college basketball teams in the land and be just as competitive. The Hoyas look to redeem themselves against Chaminade, losers to the UCLA Bruins in a quarterfinal matchup.

Walk this way Hoyas!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hoyas, Kansas face off in EA Sports Invitational in Maui


ALOHA Hoyanation! The 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational is now here. I've been wating for this game for most of the summer, but first things were first. I hear some folks saying this Hoyas versus Kansas will be their first test. I disagree, the season has already began. The young Hoyas were fortunate to have had the opportunity to pass many tests before the regular season began. It started this past summer in Kenner League play.  Right away in Kenner action the Hoyas five freshman (The Fresh Five) Otto Porter, Jabril Trawick, Mikael Hopkins, Tyler Adams and Greg Whittington were tested. I think they're biggest game.

Some people say, "it's just summer league." That's cool, but we must remember it's about development, bonding and having team chemistry.  The one major thing I saw right away was the "fire in the their eyes," I didn't see the "deer in headlights look on the faces of the freshmen. It showed in their play. It was good to see them play an win big against some of their Alma-mata Jeff Green (Celtics), Jonathan Wallace, Tyler Crawford  Greg Monroe (Pistons) and current Hoya red-shirt freshman Aaron Bowen the second meeting was the championship where the past beat the present but the young Hoyas' took Jeff Green and his mob to two overtimes. In my eyes, the first test was passed.  A great sight to see right away. The Hoyas are a very competitive mob there's no doubt about it.  

Last season's end it was time to go back to the the drawing board and figure such a tough task out. Putting the pieces to puzzle to make it one. The Hoyas know this. Also the Hoyas have been put through the test in China good and bad, but they've overcome and moved on. This test was won.  Ask me how? '"Extra" team bond, team chemistry, trust was established in August and only get better. 

Now where here in Maui ready to duel with the Kansas Jayhawks, this is not a test, this is the Hoyas third game game. November is Hoyamania month! Last season, the Missouri win was dubbed as the best non-conference game win "ever" in the history of the men's D1 college basketball for the the month of November. Both team's have had two games with the Hoyas winning both of their first two games.  Kansas has one win and loss from the Kentucky Wildcats.

Hoyas, Jayhawk Quotes:

"There's a difference between "trying" and "competing," we have gotta learn how to compete better. Competing is being focused, carrying out assignments and all those things we tried hard. Sometimes harder you try the worst you play because you just don't quite figure it out, and we got a "ways to go" before we figure it out. We have a very inexperienced team - Kansas Coach Bill Self  on loss to Kentucky at Madison Square Garden

“We have a long way to go,” Thompson III said before the team left for Hawaii. “The last couple of days has been more about our growth and us getting better more so than it is about Kansas. We’re so young - so much has to go into us. Through the first two games, we’ve gone about things the way I would have expected,” Thompson III said. “Now, we enter a whole different realm, a whole different level. You look at our schedule and break down the season and this is an early checkpoint to see where you stand.”

“We’re underdogs. We have nothing to lose,” senior guard  Jason Clark said. “We’re not ranked, so we don’t have the target on our back that we usually have. Now, we’re just going after guys, and I think that’s going to be good for our team because no one likes to be told they aren’t good.” Regardless, the task at hand is for the Hoyas to win not anything less. It's about the Hoyas. Just we played our first two games with great "intensity" this will be no different except a step up.  The Hoyas will attack and defend. Their communication/point communication with each other is key. 

They know this is a business trip that they can also enjoy off court. I've always watched for years other college teams in the Maui Invitational, but now it's our turn, the Hoyas. Hoyanation, the Hoyas know the world is watching, and believe it or not their rooting for us.  Remember, "They Know!" but they know they have something to prove because it's all about them.

These two photo's of Hawaii I got from @EASportsMauiInv on Twitter

Maui Is Our Playground!

Hoyas, Rock The Hoyas in Maui

On the minute info on the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational here on Twitter:


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Not These Six Freshmen

On Twitter, Yahoo sports tweeted the Kent State victory and the coach's fiery speech over a young West Virginia Mountaineer team.  He said, "They have six freshmen," Senderoff bellowed. "They will crumble under the pressure. They will crumble under the pressure. There's no question about it."  It's cool. I can understand a coach telling this to his team to movtivate them, but if  our opponents coach ever says this to his team about our Hoyas this is what I have to say,"NOT THESE SIX FRESHMAN HOYAS!"  

Famous Dikembe Mutombo Finger Wag
No, No, Noooo

The Hoyas Have Something to Prove!

Hoyas "Intensity" Gets Victory Over the Spartans 86-45


First off, warm up, I love warm ups because of the music.  Pumping Wale's Ambition, it sounded like a remix but I tell you it sure was sounding good in the phone booth here in D.C. If anyone thought that the Hoyas were going to overlook this game because of the Kansas game they were absolutely wrong. They didn't lose any focus. Their intensity was "insane" so to speak. They played like they were suppose too and didn't let up. That's a good sign going in to play the Kansas Jayhawks

The youngings use the press to get their legs going. That's what's good about the press it gets the players' legs loose they move/slide sideways, trap and run the floor. The Hoyas ran the floor beautifully with grace. There were so many exhilerating and spectacular dunks.

Both junior G/F Hollis Thompson (19 pts.) and senior G Jason Clark (17 pts) led their teams respectively in scoring. Senior Henry Sims continues to play well with lots of confidence. All Hoyas played well.  The Fresh Five Plus One sure had a lot of fun.

I see the Hoyas running on and off of the court, and what a beautiful sight that is for me.  I see all the the little things that add up already.  I'm sure lots of it was developed in China.  This team is like if you like one then you like all because as far as they're concerned they're all ONE! 

One thing that really amazes me is the communication and Hoyabrotherhood I call it.  I hear sophomore Hoya point guard Markel Starks yelling out "no lob no lob shooter shooter"!  Being a leader is what a point guard is all about, and one thing about it it becomes contagious.  I love when the whole team communicattes. It's like poetry in motion.  

Good to see the Hoyas have that Ambition!




Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spartans vs. Hoyas for second game of season


Both of the these teams are playing each other as part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational . Hoyas (1-0) look to keep their early season swag coming off of a big 83-54 win over visiting Mid-Atlantic Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Savannah State U Tigers (0-1).  UNC Greensboro Spartans (0-1) are (0-4) against Big East Conference opponents with three losses comin from the West Virginia Mountaineers and one loss coming from the South Florida U Bulls. The Spartans are coming off a 92-63 loss to Tennessee.  This is a good the Hoyas should not take playing the Spartans for granted.  You learn something new for every great team you play against - you try to be greater the next time.

This will be the Spartans fifth game versus a Big East opponent."The last two years we've played one of the top non-conference schedules in the country, which has helped to enhance our program's profile. This year is no different," said Spartan Coach Dement. We intend for these games to ultimately help prepare us for success in Southern Conference play."

Junior G Korey Van Dussen (12.0) leads his team in scoring. Junior G Derrell (8 rebs.) leads his team in rebounding.  The Hoyas are lead in scoring by senior C Henry Sims (19 pts.), assist leaders are both Sims and Nate Lubick (5 assists).  Top two rebounders for the Hoyas are freshman F Otto Port (8) and sophomore F Nate Lubick (7).

Team defense was the key for the Hoyas in their last outing on the homefront. Their "intensity" level was at a very high level. Communication and point communication are major keys on both ends of the court.  

Surfing with Jack The Hoya


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Team Hoyas "team up" to tame the Tigers 83-54

The excitement was surely in the air for the Hoyas (1-0) first game of the 2011-2012 season with a convincing win against Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference's Savannah State University Tigers (0-1) 83-54. Hoya senior C Henry Sims had a career high  (19 pts. 5 assists, 3 blocks, 6 rebounds 9-11 fgm). He led all scorers. Starters combined for 57 point, bench 26 points. Both freshmen forwards Otto Porter (9 pts.) and Greg Whittington (8 pts.) played a solid game. 

The Hoyas outrebounded the Tigers 33-22.  Assists Hoyas 22, Tigers 12. Shooting percentages for the Hoyas was 66.7% , Tigers 34%. All of Georgetown players got a chance to play.  Definitely glad the Hoyas didn't soley rely on the three ball. 

Great attack and defend mode. 10 blocks for the Hoyas! Great "team" effort today!  “I thought they did very, very well, Thompson said. “Greg has to get more rebounds, but they all do things. They all defend. All can make shots. They give you different things, not about just putting the ball in the basket. I thought both Otto and Greg were very good today. Otto ended up with a full stat line, including a couple of blocks.”

I was in top form cheering my Hoyas on to victory. Definitely a pleasure to see the Hoyas back in action.  The sense of urgency, determination, team bond and chemistry were there. Communication and playing unselfish were also key.  Sophomore point guard Markel Starks was called for his second foul midway through the first half, and he had to sit.  

Senior guard Jason Clark picked up the slack at the point guard position and the Hoyas never missed a beat for the remainder of the first half.  Starks was ready in the second half - Coach John Thompson III praised the sophomore’s second half effort. “One of the keys was Markel’s on-ball defense,” he said. “He picked up his intensity in the second half.”

I'mma Boss
Meek Mill 



Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Beginning! Tigers vs. Hoyas in first game of season

Former Hoya & Savannah Head Coach Horace Broadnax

Savannah State Tigers


Georgetown Hoyas


THE HOYAS ARE BACK! Hoyanation and friends, its been a while since last season's end. I had the opportunity to see the Hoyas this summer in Kenner League action.  Although, the Hoyas were on separate summer league teams, I got a preview of what's to come this season. One important thing I did see was the "fire, determination and intensity in their eyes" and they played like they had something to prove the whole summer. 

I think they know this, and Hoyanation I think this is what we will see this season.  This team is egoless, knowlingly having something to prove which is totally amazing to me.With the Hoyas having five incoming freshmen (The Fresh Five) including medical redshirt freshman Aaron Bowen, the Hoyas had the opportunity to get their season started earlier than normal with a trip to China. 

The trip to China couldn't have come at a better time because the Hoyas basically have a young team with the exception of the two senior leaders Jason Clark and Henry Sims. A bond and chemistry needed to formed for the young Hoyas, so I think this was a brillant idea on behalf of the coaching staff and university.  A  bond and chemistry were formed.  We instantly clicked,” Porter said of his teammates. “That’s what coach is looking for -- to be unselfish with each other on and off the court.”   As far as I'm concerned this is what life and basketball is all about. Love the word "unselfish."

Sophomore floor general Markel Starks on freshman Jabril Trawick:

“You’re going to see a lot of Philly,” Starks said  about freshman sensation Jabril Trawick. “You’re going to see that toughness. A lot of people think that Georgetown toughness is gone, but it’s surely back.”

Senior Hoya team leader Jason Clark, said, "keeping the freshman from getting too high or low will be important."  “There are going to be times when they have great games, and I have to tell them, ‘It’s only one game.’ 

Savannah State is coached by Horace Broadnax, who was a G on the Hoyas’ 1984 national championship team and 1985 NCAA runnerup squad, playing for legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson. Broadnax is 65-107 in six seasons with the Tigers after a previous head coaching stint with Bethune-Cookman. To the right is a photo of Coach John Thompson Jr. embracing Horace Broadnax

Georgetown opens the season Saturday against Savannah State, a Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) squad that went 12-18 last year but which won 10 of its final 11 games. The Tigers have no seniors on their roster, and are led by junior G Preston Blackmon (12.5 ppg) and sophomore F Jyles Smith (7.2 rpg). 

The Hoyas senior upperclassmen leader G Jason Clark (12.0 ppg field goals 48%) last season, C Henry Sims (3.6 ppg) the points should increase this year for Big Hank, F Hollis Thompson (6.6 ppg). Hollywood's points should increase tremendously this season.

Let's Get This Party Started 11-12-11!


Heavy Flow