It’s difficult not to notice how differently the Sports Marketing Department is portraying the Georgetown Hoyas Men’s Basketball Team this summer.
Maybe it’s Patrick Ewing giving permission and more access. Maybe it’s advancement in social media and video capabilities. Maybe it’s the fact that the rising sophomores are pretty darn marketable. Whatever it is, we have to commend the recent “all-access” video presence and, frankly, let some of the older fans know that it’s probably time to get an Instagram account.
That said, while we won’t forget @GeorgetownHoops lying to us about Hoyas not playing in the Kenner playoffs, the surprising early release of the non-conference schedule is a very nice act of penance (listen to Casual and Bobby’s shock!).
With the “business trip” to the Bahamas next week, the fans have received more video than the past 10 seasons combined. Despite what many Georgetown fans have yelled at the TV early last season, it does appear that Coach Ewing practices defense.
Josh LeBlanc provides insight in “playing as a team” and sharing the ball. Omer Yurtseven discusses getting up-to-speed. Mac McClung is looking to get to know everyone and find what they like. A headbanded James Akinjo is looking to gel and bond with the 6+ new players to help their chemistry on the court. Patrick Ewing wants to see different lineups and will take note on who is sharing the ball and playing as a team. They all seem to agree that the Bahamas is a “business trip.” Just look at the defense they’ve been working on in their 10-NCAA-sanctioned-pre-tour practices:
(UPDATE: As we were praising the transparency and access, a video of practice was deleted—it is available on YouTube via upload after this post went up)
Quality work on both sides of the camera!
The schedule roll out—again, a complete surprise—was done with a video tweet accompanying the press release. Many fans have yet to connect that bulldog logo from the Dec 21 scheduling to Samford of Birmingham, Alabama.
Scheduling deserves a post or three (plus a podcast) with it’s own praise but the non-conference lineup certainly has people optimistic.
"Well, the Year Three nonconference slate came out Wednesday, with Ewing quoted in a school release discussing how it is 'beefed up.' Relative to the last two years, it is. But it’s also a credible, largely tricky 13-game test..." https://t.co/ykdyTWjoJn— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) August 8, 2019
Also, for the record, we have a couple former Hoyas with new jobs...
Can’t wait to start the next chapter of my career with the @sixers as a player development coach. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a historic and talented organization. Can’t wait to get to work!!! pic.twitter.com/n994Eh4BWE— Roy Hibbert (@Roy_Meets_World) August 9, 2019
Little Hoyas update - Jessie Govan has landed in the Japanese B.League with San-En Neophoenix for his first year in the pros. https://t.co/jz5w4H1Xup— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) August 7, 2019
And Patrick reflecting on his old job of cleaning the rafters of MSG.
We continue previewing the teams playing in the Championship Rounds presented by @continentaltire of the #EmpireClassic benefiting @wwp Nov 21-22. @GeorgetownHoops plays @TexasMBB while @DukeMBB meets @CalMBBall in the semis at @TheGarden on Nov 21.— Empire Classic (@EmpireClassicBB) August 8, 2019
Tix: https://t.co/vfY4Qby5Ig pic.twitter.com/cWnziVlqjQ
Nova- 7— YaBoyNYP (@yaboynyp) August 9, 2019
Seton Hall- 67
St Johns- 75
DePaul- 101 https://t.co/YpiZnNJdYO