John Thompson Rumors
John Thompson Jr., the Hall of Fame coach who recruited Ewing and turned the program into a national power, had been a strong proponent of Ewing’s candidacy and made his preference known to university officials, league sources said. Georgetown fired John Thompson III after the team missed the NCAA tournament in the final two seasons of his 13-year Hoyas tenure.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Larry Brown, Julius Erving and John Thompson for Allen Iverson. And as Shaq hoped, Dr. J, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell and Isiah Thomas.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski invited former Olympic coach John Thompson to address the minicamp participants after practice. The two matched wits twice in Duke-Georgetown battles. “He and I are great, great friends,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s one of the legendary figures, not just in basketball but in our country. When you think of the progress we’ve made with race relations, you have to consider John as one of the key people in that regard. All of those guys know who he is. If you could’ve seen their eyes fixated on him, it was like, ‘Whoa.’ It was good of John to do that.”
Georgetown University Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson III announced today that junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) will forgo his final year of eligibility and submit his name for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft. Thompson plans to sign with an agent. “Hollis returned for his junior year after submitting his name for the 2011 NBA Draft,” John Thompson III said. “We fully anticipated he would enter the 2012 draft after this season. He is an extremely hard worker and we wish him the best as he takes his next step.”