Just when you thought legendary John Thompson Jr. couldn't receive more accolades for his hall of fame career, he was honored yet against Wednesday.
The former Hoyas coach was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA)'s first recipient of the Dean Smith Award, named in honor of the iconic North Carlina coach who passed away earlier this year.
"You are hitting me in my soft spot," said Thompson, whose Hoyas competed against the Tar Heels in the 1980's. "There was no one in basketball I loved or respected more than Dean Smith. There was never anyone like him."
Thompson's latest [honor] adds to his already-long list of accomplishments. After retiring from Georgetown 1999 with a record of 596-239, highlighted by the 1984 NCAA championship, Thompson was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
"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."