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By Shawn Siegel

July 6th, 2006


Georgetown: John Thompson III


Even though John Thompson III has only coached at Georgetown for two full seasons, it seems like he's been around for longer.  After winning 19 games in his first season, year two saw the Hoyas explode into the Sweet Six with wins over UNI and Ohio State.  This year though, might be John's biggest challenge so far, as an impressive trio of seniors have graduated.



CHN: Looking ahead, what should we expect to be the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team?

JT3:  Our Strength will obviously be our Frontcourt.  Jeff and Roy have some good experience and have proven themselves. We will miss the perimeter scoring that departed when Brandon (Bowman), Ashanti (Cook) and Darrel (Owens) graduated. We have some guys who are capable of stepping up and filling that role in the backcourt, but I would say our strength is the frontcourt and our weakness is backcourt.


CHN: Fans often just see what happens during the games, but talk about which of your guys deserve more credit for working hard in practice, in the workout room, and being leaders off the court:


JT3:  Tyler Crawford immediately comes to mind in all of those areas. I think the way things are going to shake out this year he will get more of an opportunity to get playing time than he did last year, but he’s definitely someone who sets the tone for the team.


CHN: Discuss the incoming guys for a bit. Who will make the biggest impact?

JT3:   I think its hard to tell that right now.  I think all three, four if you count Patrick, will get the opportunity to play.  Patrick has had a year under his belt in terms of practice so he knows the routine, he knows what to expect, he knows the system. With the three newcomers, Jeremiah Rivers DaJuan Summers and Vernon Macklin, you have individuals that all one day will be pretty good but they have to go through the adjustment period that all freshmen go through.  I think they’re all going to have a chance to contribute.



CHN: How hard will it be to replace the outgoing seniors? Who is ready to step up their game instead?


JT3:  Its going to be extremely hard.  We lose three guys that played significant minutes from day one. Most note will be taken of Brandon, Ashanti and Darrel, but the graduation of Amadou (Kilkenny- Diaw) takes someone who was a big part of what we did and was instrumental in the teams success even if he didn’t get a lot of minutes.  We will miss the experience, but at the same time there are some guys like Jesse Sap who got some minutes last year who are ready to step in.  I mentioned Tyler earlier as somebody who is a leader on our team and is ready to step up. In addition the incoming freshmen have an opportunity.  In many ways, who replaces the graduates is open to everyone.


CHN: What other coaches really helped you reach the level of success you’re at now?  How does their advice and teachings still help you to this day?

JT3:   I have pretty good resources in this business and I use them, whether that means pops (
John Thompson Jr), or Coach Carrill, Ronny (Thompson) or Bill Carmody.  I make use of the coaching resources I have and its been extremely helpful.

What are your realistic goals and hopes for this season?

JT3:  To be better, to improve, to keep moving in the right direction



CHN: Thanks for your time John.


JT3: No problem guys. This year Georgetown celebrates its 100th year and the season will be full of fun events and celebrations to mark this milestone.


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