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Casual Hoya 7 hours ago

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Cracks Top 50 Best Players in College Basketball List

Not a bad list by The Big Lead of the Top 50 players in college hoops, though of course it would have been but for the below: 22. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, G, Georgetown - Leading scorer last season (16.3 ppg) made a wise move to return to school after initially declaring for the draft. Was the Preseason Big East POY last year, but didn't quite live up to expectations. Big East-wise, DSR ranks behind Villanova's Jalen Brunson (11th) and Providence's Kris Dunn (4th) and ahead of Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacano (46th). Poll DSR at #22 Too high Too low ...
Casual Hoya Jul 29, 2015

The Chicken or the Egg? Georgetown and Fouling

@NationWideNolan on the Hoyas and that high foul rate In May of 2013, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee came together to push for a change in a game that had become too physical, and at times, too ugly to watch. From NCAA.com : With these facts in mind, much of the committee's discussion in May focused on ways to open up the game. To that end, it will be stressed to officials that they must address the current rules throughout the game. The following types of personal fouls should be called consistently: When a defensive player keeps a hand or forearm on an opponent When a...
Casual Hoya Jul 29, 2015

Georgetown Hoyas News and Links: Ewing, Jr. to Join Staff; John Thompson, Jr. and the Ben's Chili Bowl Wall

A couple of Hoyas news nuggets on this Casual Wednesday: From the Washington Post: Which D.C. sports figure could replace Bill Cosby on Ben's Chili Bowl's wall? John Thompson, Jr. Big John is Big John. His face is synonymous with a glorious era of D.C. basketball and his cultural influence as head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas is undeniable and — to a degree — unmatched. It sounds like a joke, but there are people who legitimately believed that Georgetown was a historically black college, because of the opportunities Thompson gave to young black men at the esteemed Jesuit school. For...
Casual Hoya Jul 24, 2015

Qasual Questions: Casual Friday

Here are the QQs to get you through the weekend: What are your weekend plans? Which of Jon Rothstein's observations makes you most giddy about the upcoming Hoyas season? What do you dip carrots and/or celery in? Only law enforcement should carry guns and hunters should find another hobby. Discuss. Amy Schumer or Kristen Wiig?
Casual Hoya Jul 23, 2015

Hoya Hoop Club and Michael Graham's BBQ Backyard Grill Bring You an Epic Kenner League Picnic!

Saturday Saturday Saturday! The Greatest Document Your Lunch Opportunity to Ever Pass This Blog! Your chance to taste 1984 Championship Excellence! The Hoya Hoop Club is hosting its second annual Kenner League Nike Pro-City Jabbo Kenner League Picnic this Saturday from 1 to 3. Of particular note to the foodie aspirations of readers of this blog, the food will be catered by none other than Hoya legend and National College Basketball Tournament Champion Michael Graham's new restaurant, Michael G's BBQ Backyard Grill, Inc. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12, and most...
Casual Hoya Jul 21, 2015

Palpable Buzz: Mr. Rothstein Goes to Washington

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports made his annual pilgrimage to McDonough this afternoon, and shockingly he tweeted about it! Greetings from the Hilltop. Here for Georgetown practice. Hoyas should be Villanova's top challenger in the Big East. pic.twitter.com/r3L7rYhVm0 — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 21, 2015 Georgetown looks like a Top-15 team. Hoyas have experience (DSR), length, and a low post scorer (Govan). The big question: bench play. — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 21, 2015 Isaac Copeland should be on everybody's breakout list for next season. Showed flashes...
Casual Hoya Jul 21, 2015

The Basketball Tournament Recap

This past weekend in Philadelphia, a group of Hoyas participated in The Basketball Tournament for a shot at a 1 million dollar prize. Thanks to the powerful pull of THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON, I was able to get a press pass to cover the Northeast Regionals of the The Basketball Tournament. It was pretty awesome as I was thoroughly hooked up with a seat in press row, access to a media lounge with lunch provided (and importantly, documented), and access to the postgame press conferences. As readers know, there were two teams of note in the competition for Hoyas fans. First and foremost, DMV's...
Casual Hoya Jul 21, 2015

Qasual Questions: Going Up On A Tuesday

Here are the QQs to help you get through your Tuesday: What did you have for dinner last night? Which Hoya has been the bright spot of Kenner League play so far? How are things going at work lately? Do you willingly hang out with someone who uses the word 'bae' in conversation? What is the best TV show you are watching right now? Donald Trump: Entertaining or Dangerous?
Casual Hoya Jul 18, 2015

Kenner League Action: July 18, 2015

It's week two of Kenner League, and the action is in full swing at McDonough Gymnasium today.  Here is the schedule: GAME SITE - Georgetown University - (McDonough Arena)July 18, 2015 - SATURDAY 1:00pm A. WASH ASSOCIATES VS METROPOLITIAN ALL STARS2:20pm CLYDE'S VS HOOP MAGIC ALL STARS3:40pm BEYOND BELIEF VS TOMBS5:00pm ON POINT VS TEAM OOHHS & AAHHS6:20pm PREMIER ATHLETICS VS HIGHER LEVEL Here is a recap of Thursday night, courtesy of BenHoya: If James Joyce visited Kenner ... recap of Thursday July 26 Slow night in slow motion ... earliest Hoya was Paul White in sweats and obviously not...
Casual Hoya Jul 16, 2015

Qasual Questions: Throwdown Thursday

Here are the QQs to help you get through this punishing Thursday: Having kids: The best or The worst? Which song is guaranteed to make you dance at a wedding? What did you have for dinner last night? Better ESPYs speech: Caitlyn Jenner or Devon Still? Will Tiger Woods ever win another major? What is the next movie that you are excited to see?
Casual Hoya Jul 14, 2015

Kenner League: How Did The Freshmen Look?

I made it to several of Saturday's games and got to see all the frosh play. Agree with all that vv has reported, with a few points of emphasis: - THEY CAN SHOOT. Holy hell. Can't begin to describe how exciting this was. Kaleb Johnson's shot definitely needs work, but the natural shooting touch is far more apparent than, say, Bowen or Whittington. Jessie Govan has a legit stroke and is obviously comfortable stepping out, which is awesome at his size. Marcus Derrickson...I mean, damn. I was worried from scouting reports that he was a Reggie clone, and in reality he looks like the true...
Casual Hoya Jul 11, 2015

DSR, Copeland, Peak, White, Govan and More in Today's Kenner League Action

Plenty of Hoyas in Kenner League action today: GAME SITE - Georgetown University - (McDonough Arena)July 11, 2015 - SATURDAY1:00pm CLYDE'S VS ON POINT2:20pm HIGHER LEVEL VS TOMBS3:40pm A. WASH ASSOCIATES VS HOOP MAGIC ALL STARS5:00pm METROPOLITIAN ALL STARS VS PREMIER ATHLETICS6:20pm DCX VS BEYOND BELIEF Handy-dandy guide courtesy of @GUAlumni: What you missed last night: Peak and Copeland both finish with 25 points and combine to make 10 three pointers but lose their Kenner League opener 78-69. — Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) July 11, 2015 We'll have a full-blown recap of all...
Casual Hoya Jul 9, 2015

Qasual Questions: Throwdown Thursday

Here are the QQs to help you get through your Thursday: What is the best food item you have eaten lately? The DeAndre Jordan saga is mercifully over: Who emerged as a winner? What is the one thing you'd like to see from any Hoya in Kenner League? Do you have a problem with ESPN tweeting Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records? If you had one question to ask Mike Sweetney, what would it be? What has been better so far: True Detective 2 or Ballers? Poll What was the biggest story of the day yesterday? DeAndre Jordan/Mavericks/Clippers Jason...
Casual Hoya Jul 8, 2015

Nationals Park Commemorates Bruce Springsteen Show, Gets Date Wrong on Sign

The last Bruce Springsteen concert in Washington, DC was at Nationals Park, and the powers that be behind Nationals Park smartly decided to commemorate the epic event with a giant sign.  The sign, which is located behind the home plate entrance to the stadium, shows a picture of Bruce and proudly declares "In Concert at Nationals Park, Washington DC, September 14, 2013. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band." Now, that's a nice sign and all, but here's the problem: The show was on September 14th, 2012. Bruce fans who were at that show will likely agree that the show seems...
Casual Hoya Jul 7, 2015

2015 Kenner League Preview

Now that our departing Hoyas have all found spots on Summer League rosters and the Spurs have effectively dark-magicked their way through free agency, we can start thinking about the most exciting summer hoops out there. That's right, it's time for the Kenner League! ROSTERS Obviously, the play in Kenner League will be markedly different from what we're going to see during the season, but with most of this year's entire roster being underclassmen, this skewed sample will be our best, and only, peek at what we should expect in the coming year. (Note: Full rosters and schedule will be posted...
Casual Hoya Jul 4, 2015

Independence Day: Roy Hibbert Traded to Lakers!

Roy Hibbert has finally escaped Indiana, as the Pacers have agreed to send the TWO-TIME ALL-STAR to the Los Angeles Lakers. Yahoo Sources: Pacers finalizing terms on a trade to send center Roy Hibbert to the Lakers. Hibbert's been informed he's headed to Lakers. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015 Hibbert was a hero of sorts in Indiana as little as two seasons ago, where his rabid fans filled a section called Area 55 and Roy led the Pacers into the playoffs. In Game 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the New York Knicks, Hibbert recorded 24 points...
Casual Hoya Jul 2, 2015

Recruiting Update: Class of 2015 SG Clifton Powell, Jr.

The Hoyas have one remaining open scholarship to fill on the 2015-16 roster, and today the staff hosted Clifton Powell, Jr. on an unofficial visit to the Hilltop.  Powell, Jr. is a 6'5" SG out of Mt. Zion Christian Academy in California.  A 3-star recruit, Powell, Jr. recently became a full NCAA qualifier. 6'5" CG Clifton Powell Jr @Lifeissuccess is on an unofficial visit to Georgetown. Georgetown showing heavy interest. — Mt.Zion Prep (@MtZionPrep) July 2, 2015 Highlights below and more HERE: Oh, and this is nice: Powell charged the crowd with a windmill dunk off a pass from...
Casual Hoya Jul 2, 2015

Hoyas in the NBA: How Much Have They Earned?

Today's news that Greg Monroe has signed a 3 year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks for $50 million got me wondering how much the current group of Hoyas in the NBA will have earned by the time their current contracts expire. Below is the result of my tireless efforts to compute same. From Spotrac.com: Henry Sims: $1,781,974 Hollis Thompson: $1,381,662 DaJuan Summers: $885,120 Patrick Ewing, Jr.  N/A (Can't find NBA salary numbers on interwebs) Greg Monroe: $68,003,116 Jeff Green: $49,518,788 Roy Hibbert: $65,175,102 Otto Porter: $8,748,480 Total: $195,494,242 Not bad!  By comparison, this...
Casual Hoya Jul 2, 2015

Qasual Questions: 4th of July Spectacular!

Here are the QQs to help get you the the 4th of July weekend: What are your 4th of July weekend plans? Peas in Guacamole: Hell Yes or Hell No? Best Adam Sandler film? What is something that you encounter every day that annoys you? What are your thoughts on fireworks, generally?
Casual Hoya Jul 1, 2015

How to Watch L.J. Peak and Team USA v. Argentina

Georgetown's own L.J. Peak and his Team USA teammates take on the evil Argentinians today and you can watch right here on THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON!  The below should start rolling at around 1:15 pm eastern for the USA game. HERE is a look at how Peak has performed thus far in Team USA's 3-0 start.