Georgetown is about to break ground on a new four-story, 144,000-square foot facility that will cost $62 million dollars and according to the Washington Post former Georgetown center Patrick Ewing and agent David Falk will donate $3.3 million towards the project.
The John Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center is being built entirely on contributions and will include practice courts and men’s and women’s basketball offices and other meeting facilities. Georgetown breaks ground on the project on September 12th.
Having big-name basketball people in your past certainly helps in this sort of thing and Georgetown’s new practice facility should be a great recruiting tool for the entire athletics department. It also shows the continued influence and power of former Georgetown head coach John Thompson. Not only is the facility being named after him, but Ewing is donating money and Falk is both of their long-time agents.
Ewing wore No. 33 at Georgetown and in the NBA, which is why he is donating $3.3 million for the project. Ewing led Georgetown to the NCAA championship in 1984 and was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft the following year.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.