Georgetown Hoyas head coach John Thompson III has been named Big East Coach of the Year. Thompson led the Hoyas to a 24-5 record this season including a 14-4 mark in Big East play and a share of the Big East regular season championship. This, despite the Hoyas losing its three leading scorers (56% of the team's scoring output) from last season's team and a current roster that contains no seniors and just two juniors.
Under JT3's leadership, the Georgetown program has been ranked in the Top 10 in the AP Poll for SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS, joining just Duke, North Carolina and Kansas as the only programs in college basketball to claim that honor. Think about that, and then think about where this program was before he was brought to the Hilltop. We say a lot about JT3 on our message boards and blogs. We question the offense when a game doesn't go our way, we question timeouts when a play doesn't immediately develop, we wonder about inbounds plays that may not work. What we don't do enough of is be thankful that he has turned Georgetown into one of the most successful programs in all of college basketball, has sent two players (Jeff Green and Greg Monroe) into the NBA Draft lottery with a third (Otto Porter) well on his way, developed Roy Hibbert into an NBA All-Star, has Georgetown on the final list of many of the nation's top recruits, and perhaps most important, has gone about doing it in a way that we as Georgetown graduates can all be proud.
Some stats from GU Hoyas (and casually updated):
Since arriving on the Hilltop, the Hoyas have advanced to one Final Four (2006-07), won a BIG EAST Tournament title (2006-07), won three BIG EAST Regular Season titles (2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13), reached the NCAA Tournament six times (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12), including three-straight appearances from 2005-06 - 2006-07, been invited to the National Invitation Tournament twice (2004-05, 2008-09) and played in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game three times.
During that time, Georgetown has been ranked among the top-25 teams in the country for 38-straight weeks and is among the winningest programs in the BIG EAST. In addition, in a span of four years (2006-07 - 2009-10), more Georgetown players (5) were selected in the NBA Draft than any other school in the BIG EAST Conference. He has coached two BIG EAST Players of the Year, four (soon to be five) All-Americans, eight First-Team All-BIG EAST selections and 23 players who have earned All-BIG EAST accolades. Thompson is also a two-time winner of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Male Coach of the Year Award and was named the 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to JT3 on winning Big East Coach of the Year.