Back To The Future At Georgetown

By Richard Kent
Updated: December 25, 2007

CONNECTICUT – What John Thompson, III has been able to do at Georgetown in three short seasons has been nothing short of remarkable. It is no surprise to state that Georgetown had been down for many seasons under Craig Esherick, successor at Georgetown to Thompson’s father.

They were not considered one of the elite teams in the Big East anymore and struggled to have winning seasons.

Thompson, the former head coach at Princeton from 1995-2000 turned that all around and has instilled a winning mentality. At Princeton, he got his alma matter to three Ivy League championships, two NCAA Tournaments and an NIT appearance and amassed a 68-42 record.

As an assistant coach there he helped lead his team to a Top Ten national ranking in five consecutive post season appearances. Thompson also played basketball as an undergraduate for the Tigers while majoring in politics. He ranks third on Princeton’s all time assists leader list with 358.

In his inaugural season at the Hoya helm, Thompson became one of only three coaches in Big East history to defeat a nationally ranked team in the conference opener.

In the second season, Thompson’s Hoyas made their presence felt with a thrilling run to the Sweet 16 and a 23-10 overall record. During Thompson’s third season as Georgetown’s head coach the Hoyas appeared in the national polls 18 times, defeated seven nationally ranked opponents and compiled a conference record of 13-3.

Last year, coach Thompson saw junior Jeff Green named Big East Player of the Year, MVP of the Big East Tournament and MVP of the NCAA East Regional en route to the Final Four. Green was also the fifth player selected in the 2007 NBA draft.

Thus far, Georgetown is 8-1 on the season following a tough 85-71 loss at No. 2 Memphis. Thompson has recruited well to say the least. He has a stellar freshman class on board which includes 6-foot-4 guard Austin Freeman from DeMatha.

If past is prologue look for the Hoyas to be nationally ranked for years to come under Thompson. It is his dream job. It should be.