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By: Bohlin

Mike Aresco, former VP of CBS, has officially been named the new commissioner of the Big East conference. Aresco replaces interim commissioner Joseph Bailey III who had been leading the conference since May. This news was broken by Mark Blaudschun of NewJerseyGuy.com.

Aresco was a major player in handling tv contracts for CBS for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, regular season college basketball and football games as well as college football bowl games. Aresco’s experience in this area should come in handy as the Big East will be looking to garner a new tv contract with the new look the Big East will soon have with the additions made.

This will probably not have any major affect on the Georgetown Hoyas basketball program outside of potentially more money coming in and the opportunity to play on CBS more. As I would have to assume Aresco’s contacts with CBS will help lead to more exposure for Big East men’s basketball on their network. Welcome to the league Mike and kudos on having a fantastic first name.

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ESPNHomeCourt@ESPNHomeCourt

March 9th we’re going to have a GameDay double header! First we’ll head to DC for the 1st time ever to see @GeorgetownHoops!

 

By: Bohlin

As you can see from the tweet above the Georgetown Hoyas will host ESPN’s College Gameday program for the first time on March 9, 2013. While the Big East schedule has not been set yet with regard to dates of games we do know who the Hoyas will be facing at the Phone Booth this season. The Hoyas home slate for conference games next season is as follows.

Home Games

DePaul

Louisville

Marquette

Pittsburgh

Providence

Rutgers

St. John’s

Seton Hall

Syracuse

We may not know who the Hoyas will be facing come March 9th when ESPN and their premier college basketball program come to town at this point in time. However, you have to assume that ESPN would not be bringing the show on the road to the district were the Hoyas not taking part in what they assume will be a game of great importance. There are two match ups that immediately jump off the screen to me as distinct possibilities, both include teams who will be taking their “victory lap” through the Big East for lack of a better term as they will be leaving the conference after this season. Yes, I am referring to none other than the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Both of these match ups would draw huge ratings and would easily sell out the Verizon Center. If I had to put money on it I would lean towards Syracuse being the opponent in this game as the history they have against Georgetown is widely known and this will mark the last time that the two schools meet in the regular season for what could be quite some time with the Orange jumping to the ACC in 2013-2014. While the rivalry with Pittsburgh may not be as intense as it is with Syracuse the same scenario holds true for the Panthers visit to Verizon next season. They too will be making the move to the ACC in 2013-2014 so it is unknown whether this will be the last time these two schools meet in a regular season game for God knows how long.

A dark horse to watch out for would be Louisville. The Ville should be a strong team next season and would almost assuredly be in the mix for the Big East crown come next March. Rick Pitino is a draw in himself and a nationally broadcast game with two of college basketball’s more respected coaches, Pitino and JTIII, should be something that would be appealing to ESPN.

I, for one, hope that the mothership does the right thing and makes this game against Syracuse. The arena would be packed and the crowd would be as raucous as any Hoyas fan could ever imagine. There would be no better way to close out such a storied series between the two schools than on ESPN’s biggest stage, do the right thing here and give the people what they want Bristol. Bring on the Cuse!

UPDATE
Syracuse University’s athletics website has confirmed that the Orange will be facing off against the Hoyas in Washington D.C. on March 9th as a part of ESPN’s “Rivalry Week”. This will without a doubt be a must see for any Hoyas or Orange fan as this rivalry has been one of the leagues best and the conclusion to the series will be one for the ages. I think I speak for Hoyas fans everywhere when I say bring on the Orange!

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By: Bohlin

Former Georgetown Hoyas guard Jason Clark has signed his first professional basketball contract. Clark will begin his career with Generali Okapi Aalstar of the Belgium-Ethias league.

After averaging 14 points and 4 assists during his senior season with the Hoyas the All-Big East selection went undrafted. Clark received an invitation to join the Miami Heat summer league roster in Las Vegas where he averaged 3.5 PPG and 1.8 RPG in four games played.

Clark joins fellow former American college players Noah Hartsock (BYU), Derek Raivio (Gonzaga) and Alex Ruoff (West Virginia) on Okapi Aalstar’s roster. Couldn’t be happier that Jason will have the opportunity to continue his basketball career as a professional. I know I speak for everyone at The DC Dime in wishing him nothing but the best going forward.

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By: Bohlin

It was announced yesterday that the Georgetown Hoyas will face off against the UCLA Bruins in this years Legends Classic. The winner of this match up will go on to face the Georgia versus Indiana winner (Indiana) in the championship game. These games will take place and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on November 19th and November 20th.

Indiana, led by Cody Zeller, and UCLA, with incoming star freshman Shabazz Muhammad, have risen back to their prominent places in the college basketball world after a slight fall from glory. It will be interesting to see how the Hoyas match up against the Bruins on the 19th. If Stephen Domingo and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera are as good as advertised the crowd at Barclays and the viewing public on ESPN2 will be in for a real treat.

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By: Bohlin

Updating our previous post on the Georgetown Hoyas match up against the Florida Gators on November 9th, we now know which naval ship will be playing host to these teams.

It was announced today that these two teams will square off on the USS Bataan. Fun fact, this particular naval ship played a vital role in humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as in Haiti after the earthquake that hit there in 2010.

For those of you who will be lucky enough to attend this game. The Florida Times-Union reports that information regarding tickets, pregame activities and seating will be announced by the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Department in the near future.

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By: Willis and Bohlin

The Maryland Terrapins and the Georgetown Hoyas have quite a few players competing for roster spots this year in the NBA Summer League installments in both Orlando and Las Vegas. The DC Dime has been following these former Hoyas and Terrapins stand outs as they continue to chase their NBA dreams, in this post we will break down what these players have done up to this point.

Georgetown:

Hollis Thompson: As we previously posted, Hollis Thompson signed a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after going undrafted. Thompson had been nursing a groin injury for which he had to have minor surgery. This procedure has kept Thompson from competing in any summer league games for the Thunder. All indications are that Thompson will be with the Thunder after training camp and into the regular season so this should only be a minor bump in the road for Thompson as he begins what will hopefully be a long NBA career.

Henry Sims: Sims is pulling double duty this summer and played for the Utah Jazz entry in the Orlando Summer League and is also on the Chicago Bulls roster for the Vegas Summer League, basketball obviously never stops for Sims. Sims had trouble getting steady minutes with the Jazz summer league team averaging only 11 minutes per contest. In those 11 minutes per game of playing time Sims was able to average 4 PPG and 2 RPG.

While these numbers will not blow anyone away they were more than enough to garner Sims an invitation to play with the Chicago Bulls entry in the Vegas Summer League this week. Sims made his Bulls summer league debut last night and chipped in four points to go along with six rebounds. With the Bulls recent loss of Omar Asik to the Rockets in free agency there is a more than decent chance that Sims, if he performs to the level he did his senior year at Georgetown, could realistically receive an invitation to training camp and have a legitimate chance at making the Bulls roster. If you want to catch Sims in action in Las Vegas his next game will be today, July 18th, at 6 pm EST against the Houston Rockets.

Jason Clark: Jason Clark has fared rather well through two games with the Miami Heat entry in the Vegas Summer League. Even though the stats don’t show it in his VSL debut against Toronto where he did not register one point, rebound or assist, Clark was very much involved in the action. For some reason however, his teammates were not looking to get him involved on offense. Despite this Clark did quite the job when given the opportunity to guard Raptors lottery pick Terrence Ross as Clark helped hold Ross to only 14 points on 14 shots.

Clark was more aggressive on the offense end in his second game, a 50 point blowout win against the hapless Los Angeles Lakers summer league team. In this matchup Clark was able to contribute six points, five rebounds, one block and one assist. Clark will need to continue to pour in these types of contributions to the Heat in order to receive an invite to training camp but knowing his work ethic I have little doubt in my mind he will continue to perform. If you want to catch Jason Clark’s next game in Las Vegas his Miami Heat will be going up against the run and gun Golden State Warriors tonight at 10:30 pm EST on NBA TV.

Maryland

Terrell Stoglin: There’s not a whole lot to report on for the 6’1 Stoglin, who decided to forgo his junior year at Maryland, yet remained undrafted. Stoglin is not playing many minutes for the Toronto Raptors this summer, and even though he has appeared in 3 games thus far, the results have not been good. Stoglin’s most prominent performance came against the Miami Heat, where he played 5 total minutes. In those minutes, he got to the line twice and scored 5 points right off the bat. His aggressive mentality that he showed off in college also came out that game immediately. While you’d think he would get more minutes, that simply isn’t going to be happening this summer. I’m sure the Raptors aren’t disappointed with his play, but in order for them to truly gauge his abilities, they need to showcase him a little more.

Ekene Ibekwe: Yes, there has been an Ibekwe sighting in Las Vegas! Ekene is playing for the Portland Trailblazers this summer, and he has appeared in two games thus far (playing 10 minutes in both). I got the chance to see both games, and Ibekwe has shown off his rebounding ability that he had way back in ’07 for the Terps. He has collected 7 rebounds so far (4 against Miami, 3 against Houston), playing hard and trying to show his value as an offensive board cleaner. Ibekwe’s shot hasn’t gone down a lot, as evidenced by his 2-of-7 shooting in two games thus far, but the fact that he’s looking to score and getting quality chances is something, right?

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By: Mike Bohlin

Whenever Sports Illustrated tabs someone as the “Best prep player since LeBron James” they have to be a pretty special talent. Jabari Parker, a 6’8″ small forward from Chicago, Illinois has been given that label as he has ascended the high school basketball ranks. Wednesday night, via Twitter, Parker released his top 10 college choices and the Georgetown Hoyas made the cut.

Parker’s list, in no particular order, consists of BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford. It appears as if Parker would like to stay to the east of Chicago if possible so that his family would be able to watch him, presumed, only season of college basketball.

“I don’t want my family waking up at 12 o’clock in the morning just to watch my games,” Parker told the Associated Press. This certainly would help Georgetowns chances at securing a commitment the top recruit in the country.

The inclusion of BYU in his list of 10 is a testament to Parker’s faith; his family is Mormon. Whether Parker goes on the two-year mission that the majority of Mormon’s do between graduating high school and attending college is still up in the air. Personally, I would be shocked if the reigning Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois as well as the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year put his basketball career on hold for two years to go on his Mormon mission. However, you can never really speculate when it comes to a person’s religious beliefs.

Parker noted that he wanted to trim his list to five schools before he begins his senior year at Simeon Career Academy, “I want to make my decision in November if that’s possible,” he told the Associated Press.

Bringing in a player the caliber of Parker would be a major recruiting coup for John Thompson III and the rest of the Georgetown staff. As a junior, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per game for Simeon, leading them to their third consecutive Illinois state title.

Prior to Hollis Thompson agreeing to a three-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday no wing player during JT III’s time on the hill had signed an NBA contract. With the reclassification of Stephen Domingo to the class of 2012 being announced yesterday the Hoyas are increasing their talent on the perimeter, being able to add a player the caliber of Jabari Parker to the fold would only further strengthen the small forward position.

As more news comes out on Georgetown’s recruitment of Jabari Parker over the course of the the next few months TheDCDime will be there to keep you updated as the Hoyas attempt, yet again, to secure a commitment from the top ranked player in the country.

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By: Bohlin

The saga of where Hollis Thompson will continue his basketball career came to an end today. According to Thompson’s representation (@OCR_Team) the former Hoyas wing has agreed to a three-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Details of the contract have yet to be released but I would have to imagine they are similar to the deal former West Virginia Mountaineer Kevin Jones signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers after going undrafted. It is unknown whether Thompson will join the Thunder summer league team in Orlando but I would assume he will be there for their final two contests unless the sports hernia he’d been dealing with hasn’t healed.

More on this as it develops but Hoyas fans can rest easy knowing one of their own, Thompson, will be continuing to chase his NBA dream with a great organization.

Update: Thunder GM Sam Presti was quoted saying that Thompson would be sidelined for three to four more weeks after having minor surgery on his left groin this week. Eliminating any opportunity he would have had to participate in Thunder summer league games.

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By: Mike Bohlin

This just came across my Twitter timeline and is massive news for the Hoyas basketball program. Stephen Domingo, who up until today had been the Hoyas first commitment in the class of 2013, has decided to graduate early and enroll at Georgetown University for the 2012-2013 school year. Must give credit to @PremierBall for breaking this story earlier this morning.

Domingo, who has been impressing with the Team USA U-17 team this summer helping them defeat Spain to win the gold medal over the weekend, caught a flight to Washington D.C. last night from Las Vegas, NV. Since Domingo has completed all the core credits needed to enroll at Georgetown he has chosen, with his parents blessing, to follow in the footsteps of former Hoyas star Hollis Thompson and forego the traditional High School graduation ceremony in order to get to Georgetown to play a year sooner. Both parents feel their son is ready to compete athletically as well as academically at the next level.

Domingo has made quite a name for himself nationally this summer. As I pointed out on our Twitter feed, @TheDCDime for those of you who are not yet following us, Domingo was recently rated by 247Sports as a 5-star recruit and the number 17 player in the class of 2013. By graduating early and enrolling in Georgetown this fall Domingo will join the Hoyas 2012 recruiting class that, up until now, had been headlined by former Oak Hill Academy PG D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Domingo is a 6-7 wing who is known for his ability to make tough jumpers from the perimeter. Since he just recently turned 17 years old there is no telling how much more he could grow between now and the conclusion of his Hoyas career. He should be able to come in and immediately fill the void that was left by Hollis Thompson when he decided to forego his senior year at Georgetown and enter the NBA Draft.

More details to follow as they come out but this is certainly a reason for Hoyas fans everywhere to rejoice. Here is hoping that we get the opportunity to see Domingo join the rest of the Hoyas in the Kenner League at some point this summer.

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By: Bohlin

As all of you Dimer’s already know, Henry Sims has been participating with the Utah Jazz summer league team in Orlando, Florida this week. Sims and the Jazz just completed their second of five games in the Orlando Summer League. As hard as it really is to draw anything from watching NBA summer league action I wanted to break down what I have seen from Sims so far.

Through two games Sims is averaging 3.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG on 37.5% shooting (3-8 from the field) in just under 10 minutes per contest. While the numbers are hard to really judge, the Jazz played 15 players today in a 40 minute game, I have been impressed with what I have seen from Sims in this small sample of play. What has stood out to me the most is Sims willingness to slide to the power forward position. From the action I have seen so far, Sims and Enes Kanter, Utah’s lottery pick from a year ago, have played well off of one another. Sims possesses the type of court vision and shooting ability needed to move from being a true center in college to a power forward with the ability to step out and knock down a jump shot in the NBA.

While Utah, with their logjam of forwards already under contract, might not end up being the best opportunity Sims has at sticking with an NBA franchise, he is proving his mettle while members of every front office in the league watch intently. With the NBA summer league, you know that Big Brother (GM’s and Team Presidents) is always watching. It is a great opportunity for an undrafted player like Henry Sims to show not only the Jazz, but every other team in the league, what he is capable of.

Sims next contest in the Orlando Summer League is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th at 5 pm EST against the Orlando Magic. All games can be seen on live on NBA TV or through NBA.com when you purchase the Summer League Broadband Package for $14.99 like we did here at The DC Dime.

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