Posts Tagged “Greg Monroe”
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Mar 17 2010
The Georgetown Hoyas are scheduled to play Ohio tomorrow night at 7:25 sharp for their inaugural NCAA Tournament game. They’re ready to go. The Bobcats are going down. What’s left for you to do, besides order more Wingo’s than you can possibly fit in your stomach and hunker down in front of a television?
Rinse out your shot glasses. Because the Voice staff has thought up a Hoya-centric drinking game for this year’s March Madness tournament. Here are the rules:
Take a drink …
And drink for the duration of time it takes for them to replace a loose contact lens.
Mar 07 2010
Georgetown closed out the regular season with a 74-47 rout of Cincinnati yesterday and starts the postseason in the Big East Tournament on Wednesday. But before moving onto what head coach John Thompson III called ‘phase two’ of the season, the Big East gave the Hoyas reason to look back one more time, naming Greg Monroe and Austin Freeman to the All-Big East First and Second Teams, respectively.
Monroe’s selection comes as no surprise. The sophomore center was named to the preseason all-conference first team, and improved his scoring, rebounding, and assist numbers from a freshman campaign that earned him Big East Rookie of the Year honors. Monroe averaged a near double-double this season, posting 16.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Being named to the first team makes Monroe one of six candidates to be named conference player of the year, although he’s probably a long-shot to win the award. Monroe is certainly deserving, but the Hoyas’s eighth place finish will likely hurt the sophomore in comparison to nominees like Syracuse’s Wes Johnson and Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds.
Unlike Monroe, Freeman received no preseason Big East accolades. The junior guard made a major leap after a solid, if not spectacular, sophomore season, emerging as one of the best shooters in the country. Freeman converted 54.2 percent of his field goals, and based on true shooting percentage (which adjusts for three-pointers and free throws) he ranks 12th in the country. That efficiency made Freeman the Hoyas’ leading scorer with 17.3 points per game.
Freeman’s season was also notable for his song-inspiring second half heroics against Connecticut and Louisville. Of course, this honor comes at the end of an already eventful week for Freeman, which included his hospitalization, diagnosis with diabetes, and 24-point-scoring return in yesterday’s game.
Georgetown tips off the Big East Tournament at noon on Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday’s South Florida-DePaul match-up. Vox will be in New York bringing you coverage of all the Hoyas’ games.
Aug 10 2008
The one thing you can always expect from Kenner League games is that something unexpected is going to happen—games aren’t likely to start on time and you have no idea who is going to be playing until you walk into the gym. The championship game between the Hoya-dominated Tombs and the Madness All-Stars was no different.
For one thing, Georgetown’s star freshman Greg Monroe was notably absent from the Tombs squad. Madness, on the other hand, bolstered their roster significantly with Roger Mason Jr. of the San Antonio Spurs. Mason averaged just over nine points a game last season in his final year with the Washington Wizards. Mason was joined by former University of Maryland standout and NBA veteran Lonny Baxter, who currently plays for Panionios BC in Greece.
Despite the uneven rosters, the Tombs dominated the second half en-route to an 81-65 win.
Without Monroe, the pressure was on the slight shoulders of freshman Henry Sims to win the battles in the paint. Add the 270-lb Baxter to the mix and one would think the slender Sims would have a rough time of things. But the freshman had other ideas, dominating the boards and stopping every would-be comeback with an onslaught of tip-ins.
Sims got help from sophomore guard Chris Wright, who was brilliant once again in transition and who effectively shut down Mason in the second half. Wright’s ability to penetrate just about any time he wants to is made all the more dangerous by the presence of sophomore Nikita Mescheriakov, who is all but automatic from three-point range when he is left open.
Jul 27 2008
When I said Georgetown’s two freshmen big men, Greg Monroe and Henry Sims on The Tombs team, would improve throughout Summer League and pre-season play, I meant it. I just didn’t realize they’d improve so fast. The two spearheaded a 79-52 rout against Hoop Magic this afternoon, dominating play at both ends of the court.
Monroe was able to score in every way imaginable on Sunday—soft mid-range jumpers, bruising post moves and rim-shattering dunks in transition. The greatest improvement compared to the last game I watched, however, was his defense. Monroe tallied several blocks throughout the game, and even when he didn’t get his hand on the shots the Hoop Magic players were tentative and sloppy in the paint in his presence.
Sims could still certainly stand to pack some muscle on before the season begins, but he did a better job of holding his own in the paint and was a force on the defensive glass. He, like Monroe, was also very effective running in transition with Chris Wright.
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Oct 07 2007
You thought Midnight Madness was all for show, but the Hoyas will already be playing for keeps next Friday. Top-rated prospect Greg “The Doctrine” Monroe will be in attendance for the annual celebration that marks the first minute college hoops teams can start official practice (I wonder if he’ll have to wait outside for a ticket?). Monroe has already put the Hilltop on his short list of possible destinations, and recruiting-industry bigwig rivals.com says Georgetown may have a leg up on landing the brainiac big man. Better make some noise, Hoya fans, ’cause the McDonough facilities aren’t going to impress as much as the digs at his next stop.
-Mike Stewart, Managing Editor