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.
Georgetown guard Mac McClung announced Sunday that he will be entering the 2020 NBA draft. While entering the draft, McClung will also be maintaining his eligibility to return to college.
McClung informed ESPN that he signed with a certified agent.
He took to Twitter and Instagram to thank God, his parents and his coach for the opportunity. McClung is a sophomore and at his current standing as an underclassman, he had until April 26 to make a decision whether to declare or not. He is able to withdraw from the draft and return to Georgetown if he chooses.
During the 2019-20 season, McClung averaged 15.7 points, 2.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He missed a portion of the season due to a foot injury.
McClung informed ESPN that he signed with a certified agent and can return to Georgetown if he decides to withdraw from the draft by June 15
"Going through this NBA pre-draft process with all the unknown is very challenging for me," McLung told ESPN. "Not knowing if I will have the opportunity to work out for teams, or the status of the NBA combine make this process different. I understand that the NBA draft process will be different this year given the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. I am looking forward to getting feedback from NBA teams, as well as give NBA teams an opportunity to get to know me on a more personal level. I feel as if I have an obligation with the platform I have to remind people the importance of social distancing and staying home as much as possible."
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MILWAUKEE -- Markus Howard, the nation's leading scorer, poured in 30 points as Marquette romped past Georgetown 93-72 on Wednesday night.
Howard, who came in averaging 27.1 points per game, was 10-of-16 shooting and made half of his 10 3-point attempts. Sacar Anim had 15 points for Marquette (18-9, 8-7 Big East Conference) as did Jamal Cain. Brendan Bailey had 10 points while Jayce Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Howard's first 3-pointer of the game gave him 2,636 points to pass Stephen Curry (2,635) and enter the NCAA's top 30 career scoring list.
Jagan Mosely had 19 points and six rebounds for the Hoyas (15-13, 5-10). Jahvon Blair added 18 points. Jamorko Pickett had 12 points.
The Golden Eagles improve to 2-0 against the Hoyas on the season. Marquette defeated Georgetown 84-80 on Jan. 18.
Marquette matches up against Seton Hall at home on Saturday. Georgetown takes on Xavier at home on Sunday.
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