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Georgetown forward Otto Porter leaves game after getting hit in the face

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Georgetown fans may be a bit nervous right now, as sophomore forward Otto Porter left the game in the first half after getting hit in the face by an errant elbow.

Porter would return for a short stint in the first half, only to leave the game and not return to the bench for the second half.

Porter, expected to lead the way for the Hoyas this season, played just six minutes in the first half and finished with zero points, one rebound and one assist in Georgetown’s 61-55 win over Duquesne.

In his postgame press conference, head coach John Thompson III stated that Porter was held out for precautionary reasons.

Freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the way offensively with 19 points off the bench, and forwards Mickael Hopkins (eight points, 14 rebounds) and Greg Whittington (15 points) were productive as well.

But the Hoyas, playing just two days after their game against Florida was called at halftime, struggled when it came to taking care of the basketball as they finished with 17 turnovers.

And if Porter has to miss any game action as a result of the injury things get tougher for a team expected to go through some growing pains as a result of their overall youth.

Georgetown has no seniors and just two juniors, starter Nate Lubick (seven points, eight rebounds) and reserve Moses Ayegba, on their roster.

Ayegba, who sat out last season after tearing his ACL during a summer league game, grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist during his three minutes on the floor.

Porter averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and shot 52.5% from the field last season, and with Jason Clark and Henry Sims gone is expected to lead the way for John Thompson III’s young squad.

Georgetown hosts Liberty on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.