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LINKS: Fanta Interviews Patrick Ewing, AD Lee Reed

A round-up of interviews, along with some news about Jagan’s next steps

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For fans of the Georgetown Hoyas, today is highlighted by an interview with Patrick Ewing by John Fanta, showing Coach Pat is well on the road to recovery from COVID-19.

Additionally, Athletic Director Lee Reed spoke with Fanta about social justice.

Here are the links:

Big East Basketball: Top 5 storylines heading into 2020-21 season | Busting Brackets

It looks like the dust is settling a little bit for Ewing heading into 2020-21. The stability of knowing what he has to work with and the additions of some promising newcomers are going make Georgetown a sleeper in the Big East.

Jahvon Blair (10.8 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 2.0 Ast) and Jamarco Pickett [OUCH!] (10.2 Pts, 6.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast) return, and the senior combo have the potential to be one of the top backcourts in the Big East...

Help comes in the form of two immediately eligible transfers in Jalen Harris (Arkansas), who will add another punch to an already talented backcourt, and Chudier Bile (Northwestern St), an All-Southland Conference performer in 19-20 who at 6’7” led the Demons in rebounding but was also a fantastic shooter. To go along, Ewing adds one of the deepest freshman classes in the Big East highlighted by 6’8” Jamari Sibley who should see starter minutes early on in his career. The Oak Hill Academy graduate turned down Minnesota, Iowa, and Maryland to join the rebuild in DC.

Patrick Ewing talks racism, basketball and being part of greatest team at Cambridge Rindge | Cambridge Chronicle

“They’d slash our tires and brick our bus,” Ewing said. “I was called a lot of things on the floor by fans. We endured it. Whatever things were being said to us, we took it out on the opposing team.” ...

“It should have been four [championships], but we lost to Lexington [freshman year],” added Ewing.

As far as basketball has taken him away from the city, the experience of being confronted with that level of ugliness as a teenager remains fresh in Ewing’s mind.

“Racism is still a part of the fabric of this country and this world,” Ewing said. “I remember growing up, going to East Cambridge was rough – it was predominately white. We couldn’t even go to South Boston. Things have changed — with the influx of money and educated people — but it’s still the same.”

O’Neil: After cutting sports, UConn needs to focus its future on basketball | The Athletic

Basketball built UConn. Now it’s going to have to save it... On Wednesday the school announced it was eliminating four sports: men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing. It is COVID-19 related in the sense that the athletic department lost out in ticket sales and NCAA Tournament revenues this year and needed to cut 25 percent of its budget. Except it’s not entirely pandemic related. In this case, the coronavirus is a convenient excuse.

This is really about the folly of football, the sports dropped because the university has doggedly and foolishly pursued an attempt to become something it’s not — namely a football school. Hung out to dry by conference realignment, the school chased pigskin glory at the expense of everything else: branding, conference affinity, financial solvency, and above all else, its flagship sports, men’s and women’s basketball.

Four-star Sophomore Rodney Rice Breaks Down Recruitment | Sideline Sports Report

The combo guard also recently announced he will transfer to national powerhouse Dematha Catholic, which is home to many college stars and Rice is next in line.

Rice spoke to me about his recruitment which started last Monday with a text from Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga and says he has since heard from, “Louisville, Ohio State, Marquette, Maryland, UVA, Providence, Alabama, Stanford, UConn, LSU, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Miami, Norte Dame, VA Tech, Georgia and Georgetown.” Of these schools he says, “I’ve probably talked to Georgetown or Louisville the most because of how long they’ve been recruiting me.”

Moussa Cisse set to make decision next week (hopefully) KSR

When a decision does come – hopefully next week – Cisse will ultimately decide between Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, and Memphis.

Regarding the likely landing spot, LSU is the overwhelming favorite on Cisse’s Crystal Ball, with eight of 11 picks coming in favor of the Tigers. Two of the other picks have the elite shot-blocker landing at Memphis.

With the delay, along with rumblings that LSU is the next school on the docket to get hit by the NCAA, will another school be able to pull off the upset?

Check out Dawg Talk now. They are getting to the bottom of recruiting mysteries in the DMV... starting with asking Kevin Durant why he didn’t come to Georgetown.

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And I figured I’d share a M*c McCl*ng interview for those who may care—he does mention that he’s going to try to be more friendly at Texas Tech, for whatever that’s worth with considering GU’s team chemistry.