Georgetown's coaching search continues only a week removed from releasing John Thompson III. With the pressure to succeed at the program higher than it has been in years and the oversight by John Thompson II on the team, many have felt that high-tier coaches would want to stay away from the Hoyas all together.
Mount St. Mary's coach, Jamion Christian, a candidate for the Georgetown head coaching position, recently spoke about the Georgetown program on an SB Nation radio show.
"Obviously I'm happy here at the Mount. I love it here. I love what we're getting a chance to do here but I think every coach in the country is really looking at that blueprint John Thompson [Jr.] set before us and trying to say 'can we create that where we are?' Can we create this environment where you love your players, they love you. You enhance them every single day. That's what Big John was able to do there and I thought JTIII really did a good job at doing that. That job represents so much more than just winning basketball games. It really represents opportunity for those who can really achieve great things."
If this is one NCAA coach's opinion of the program then perhaps the Hoyas could draw a big name coach. Christian, who just finished up his fifth season at Mount St. Mary's with two NCAA tournament appearances may also have been hinting that he is open to a move. Here is the full audio clip.
Since 1972, the Hoyas have always had a coach under Thompson II's tree, with a former player, Craig Esherick and his son as the team's coaches since he stepped down.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- James Batemon scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Loyola Marymount used a strong second half to beat Georgetown, 65-52 in a battle of unbeaten teams in an opening round game of the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay on Friday night.
The teams met for the first time since 1979, when they met at the Nike Cage Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Georgetown took a 26-21 lead at intermission, but the Lions opened the second half on a run. Erik Johansson hit a 3-pointer and Batemon followed with a layup to tie the game at 26-26 and spark a 12-0 run. Mattias Markusson's dunk with 5:22 left pushed the lead to 15.
Loyola Marymount (4-0) shot 19 of 55 from the field (34.5 percent), including 5 of 20 from distance, but did much of its damage from the free-throw line, where it converted 22 of 25 attempts. Batemon, who has led the Lions in scoring in all four games, was a perfect 13-for-13 shooting from the line. Markusson added nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Jessie Govan finished with 20 points to lead the Hoyas (3-1). Josh LeBlanc added 12 points.
Well that didn't take long.
In just his first game in a Georgetown uniform, highly-touted freshman guard Mac McClung threw down an amazing highlight-reel dunk that's already gone viral.
The 6-0 Gate City, Va. native might not be the most highly touted recruit in Georgetown history, but next to Allen Iverson, he's the most buzzworthy.
And if the Hoyas' season-opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore is any indication, McClung is worthy of the buzz.
Yep, just as good as advertised.
The Hoyas defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore in their season opener 68-53 Tuesday, and while McClung only eight scored points, that slam has confirmed he and Georgetown might just be must-watch TV again.
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