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LINKS: Ewing Talks to Hartford Courant, Other Hoyas News

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Also, unfortunate news of passing of former GU guard Charles Harrison.

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For those keeping score at home, the Georgetown Hoyas do have one scholarship open. With regard to news of the 4PM lottery for 5-star center Moussa Cisse... well, it likely means nothing. There’s just no way that he picks Georgetown over Memphi$ or L$U, right? There’s no risk that either team would be punished for his one-and-done year, right?

Additionally, Ewing had a thorough interview with the Hartford Courant where he talked about his experience bouncing back from COVID-19, recruiting, and remote workouts. It’s well worth a read and the recent boost in BIG EAST coverage out of Connecticut has not hurt a bit.

Here are the links:

Rivals old and new: Patrick Ewing, recovered from COVID-19, resumes rebuilding task at Georgetown | COURANT

“I don’t have an ideal type of player,” he said. “You have to look at everyone that you recruit, see what kind of characteristics they have. You’d love to have somebody who has a high motor, who can shoot, who can dribble, who can rebound, who can pass. But everybody’s different. You definitely want high character, high basketball IQ guys.”

There is no date yet for Georgetown players to return to campus to begin practicing together. So far the team-building has all been virtual.

“Naturally, you expect the guys coming back to carry the team,” Ewing said, “but then we have seven new faces, and not being able to be around them, work them out or have these informal practices that we usually have at this time, it’s hurting us.”

Moussa Cisse to announce college commitment Wednesday. Will it be Memphis basketball? | COMMERCIALAPPEAL

Memphis is being investigated through the NCAA’s new Independent Accountability Resolution Process. The case of James Wiseman, whose mother was paid $11,500 in moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis in 2018 by Hardaway, will be the first one to go through the process. It is unclear how long the process will take.

LSU was one of 20 schools mentioned during the course of a 2019 FBI investigation into college basketball. That included a wiretapped conversation between Tigers coach Will Wade and Christian Dawkins, who was convicted in a pay-for-play scheme and also of two counts of bribery...

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has been in town to visit Cisse, appearing at the ARS/Rescue Rooter Memphis Hoopfest at Briarcrest. The Hoyas are the only team on Cisse’s list to finish last season under .500, but he has said the opportunity to be coached by an NBA Hall of Fame big man like Ewing is appealing.

The McLendon will create a path toward fixing a problem in college athletics | THEATHLETIC

Calipari and the roughly 50 other coaches he has brought along with him are committing to fund available positions on their own campuses for qualified candidates through the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, an entirely new program. The positions are paid entry-level jobs. Interested applicants can apply through the McLendon site here...

Once candidates are selected, they get a paid position in one of any number of behind-the-scenes facets of athletic departments that many fans may not even realize are crucial to the functioning of college sports, from business operations to communications to facilities to compliance. They get real-deal, hands-on experience doing the work these positions require, and they begin to build a network of people who will know them as more than a résumé, who can vouch for them when there’s a full-time job on the line. Eventually, the theory goes, the candidates — “future leaders,” in the program’s parlance — will filter up, and a new generation of minority athletics administrators, from ADs on down, will flood the profession.

Incoming senior Malachi Smith talks recruitment | STOCKRISERS

Smith, a native of New York City, is currently rated amongst the Top-five best prospects in the state of NY but is worth much more than a three-star ranking. Best known for his IQ and passing ability, many college coaches see his strengths on the defensive end and love his ability to do the right things on the court, not just the flashy things...

He also recently zoomed with Georgetown and has talked with head coach Patrick Ewing who has been very vocal in landing Smith. Ewing has pointed out that teaming up with future Hoya, Tyler Beard could be very scary for opponents in the Big East.

Georgetown Basketball History Project | HOYABASKETBALL

In the early 1990’s, Charles Harrison was on his way to becoming an outstanding guard in the John Thompson era. Today, he’s forgotten by many who never got to see his skills.

An All-Met guard out of Archbishop Carroll HS, Harrison started all 32 games as a freshman, finishing third on the team in scoring behind All-Americans Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. Harrison was named to the Big East all-rookie team with an 11.7 points per game and a season high 20 versus Connecticut. His sophomore year looked even more promising, opening with 29 in the season opener in Hawaii, 16 against Providence, and 17 to Syracuse on Jan. 15, 1992. Two days later, Georgetown announced he was transferring [for academic purposes].