By: Patrick Waring
The Hoya Hoop Club sponsored the annual open practice for the Georgetown men’s basketball team yesterday on campus. Anyone that made a gift to Georgetown Athletics this year was able to attend, meet the team and watch practice for the day.
Things started off at the Leo J. O’Donovan Hall. Fans and supporters were able to meet each member of the team and receive autographs. Hoya Hoop Club President Mark Guerrera addressed the room and thanked everyone for coming out. Guerrera spoke about getting everyone to support the team and made some announcements on the upcoming season. To name a few, the Hoop Club will have a pre game social for the Syracuse game at Clyde’s on December 5th and there will be a bus trip for the game at Villanova on March 5th.
Head Coach John Thompson III was available next. He also thanked everyone for coming out and took questions from the crowd. JTIII did share some bad news by announcing that sophomore transfer Akoy Agau has torn his ACL and will miss the entire season. Agau originally was only going to be eligible after the first semester due to his transfer, but he will now have to wait until next season to suit up for the Hoyas.
JTIII went on to talk about how senior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has looked even better than last year and that he is expecting a lot from his talented group of sophomores. With a lot of depth and talent on the roster, you could expect different lineups and rotations depending on the situation. The coach also let those in attendance know that the team will travel to Pittsburgh for a closed scrimmage next week and then host James Madison on campus for one after.
The Hoyas conducted practice in McDonough Arena. Fans were able to watch as the team went through drills and had a scrimmage.
Prior to getting started, JTIII politely asked that videos were not taken during that time. Sophomore L.J. Peak and Smith-Rivera were noticeably vocal during play. The leadership on the court from Smith-Rivera really stood out.
Surely, JTIII will say that the team has a long way to go, but you can tell that they are comfortable with each other and guys can play multiple positions. Sophomore Tre Campbell had a stretch where he stole a pass and layed it up on the other end, then hit a three from the corner a few short moments later. Senior Bradley Hayes also played tough. He was demanding the ball and was going to the basket with different moves.
The gym had two hall of fame coaches checking out practice. John Thompson Jr. and Pete Carril were on hand. Carril was active and was sharing some pointers with a few players.
The Hoyas, led by Smith-Rivera, are looking to return to the NCAA Tournament. Fans at McDonough were able to get a quick look at what they have in store for teams this season.
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