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John Thompson named recipient of first Dean Smith Award

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In late June the creation of the Dean Smith Award was announced by the University of North Carolina and the United States Basketball Writers Association, with the recipient being a person in college basketball who “exemplifies the spirit and values” represented by the late coach. While Smith, who passed away in February, won 879 games, two national titles and many ACC titles during his time in Chapel Hill, he was also known to take stands on important issues in society.

Wednesday it was announced that former Georgetown head coach John Thompson would be the first recipient of the award, which will be presented at a dinner in Chapel Hill November 10. Thompson won a national title and made three Final Four appearances during his tenure at Georgetown, which included multiple Big East regular season and tournament titles as well.

But Thompson’s impact, like that of his close friend Smith, was not limited to the court and the win/loss ledger. That made him a fitting choice for the first winner of this newly created award.

“You are hitting me in my soft spot,” Thompson said when informed he had been selected. “There was no one in basketball I loved or respected more than Dean Smith. There was never anyone like him.”

Thompson’s respect for Smith went way beyond wins and losses. And, it was Thompson’s record away from the court rather than his wins and losses that led to this recognition.

“We think John Thompson is the perfect choice as the first winner of the Smith award,” said USBWA President Pat Forde. “We wanted the winner to be someone Dean Smith would be proud to present the award to if he was here to do it. We think, with John, we have that and we know we have someone who Coach Smith’s family is thrilled to honor.”

The two coaching greats, who are both enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, most famously coached against each other in the 1982 national title game with a Michael Jordan jumper being the difference in a one-points North Carolina victory. Two years later Thompson would lead the Hoyas to their lone national title.

Seventh Woods down to three schools, sets official visits

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Seventh Woods narrowed his list once again on Friday night.

The five-star guard is down to Georgetown, North Carolina and South Carolina, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Rich Taylor of MidlandsHSSports.com was the first to report the news.

The ultra-athletic guard announced his final four less than three weeks ago, but decided to remove Florida from consideration.

According to Taylor, Woods will take a visit to Georgetown next weekend. He’ll be at UNC for an official visit on Sept. 25. Woods will be in-state for a trip to Columbia for his final visit on Oct.9.

The 6-foot-1 Woods is a four-star recruit, rated the No. 35 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.

Rivalry games highlight Georgetown’s non-conference schedule

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In Georgetown’s release for its 2015-16 non-conference schedule the word “rival” is used three times in the opening paragraph. Matchups against Maryland, Syracuse and UConn highlight the Hoyas non-conference schedule, which was officially released on Monday.

The Gavitt Cup matchup with Maryland on Nov. 17 will be a major early-season test for the Hoyas, especially with the game coming on the road. Georgetown will host old Big East rival Syracuse at the Verizon Center on Dec. 5 as the start of a four-year home-and-home series.

After starting the Big East slate of games, the Hoyas travel to Hartford to face former conference foe UConn on Jan. 23.

Head coach John Thompson III also has the 2K Classic in the non-conference schedule as the Madison Square Garden event has Duke, Wisconsin and VCU to round out the field. The Badgers will play Georgetown in the semifinals before the winners and losers play the next day.

The rest of Georgetown’s non-conference schedule is pretty mediocre, but the 2K Classic and three other aforementioned games should give the Hoyas plenty of tests before Big East play begins.