Little Willie, Are you Okay?

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Today was the weekly BIG EAST Coaches Conference call for men's basketball.  League coaches have to call in to take questions from the media on a bi-weekly basis.  So Coach Thompson was off last week, but back on again this week.  When he was on a couple of weeks back, I transcribed his responses to post here, but he was on for a very short time today, mainly because he only had one question asked.

The one question Coach Thompson was asked was about UConn guard Kemba Walker, whom he coached with the United States Under-20 National Team a couple of years ago. 

Here was Coach's opening statement on the conference call today...

"We went on the road and got two BIG EAST road wins and so after having a difficult two week span, it's good to have a break. We have a few days here to catch up on school. We look forward to playing St. John's, who everyone knows beat us at the Garden a couple weeks ago."

And since I don't have much to report from the conference call, I am including a link for the post-game video from the win over Seton Hall on Tuesday.

I would have posted this immediately after the game, but I was trying to catch a train home and the wireless connection on the Northeast Regional Amtrak train left a bit to be desired. 

So when I did get it posted on YouTube, the audio wasn't great.  Special thanks to Director of Ticket Operations Steve Alleva for serving as my de facto cameraman while we're on the road.   I need to look into some of the settings on the flip cam to see if I've messed up some of the audio settings.

If you look closely at the video from the Seton Hall game, you'll notice Austin Freeman and Julian Vaughn looking down at a reporter in the front row.  Julian pointed it out to me in the press conference, but what they were looking at was Brian Lewis from the New York Post - whose head is visible in the video - transcribing Coach Thompson's press conference.  Brian was holding his laptop in his right hand and he was transcribing using his left index finger.  It was rather impressive.

Speaking of impressive, if you go back to the Rutgers post-game video, you'll hear music at about the 9:30 mark of the press conference.  I was fishing through my bag for a box score to check something.  Coach Thompson asked me afterward what ring tone that was, assuming my cell phone went off, but what happened was that after I put my bag down, it fell over and hit the play button on my iPod, allowing "Miss Murder" from AFI to blast through the press conference.  It also gave Coach the chance to joke with me.  If you hear him say, "Little Willie, are you okay?," that was directed toward me.  Coach's father refers to Senior Director of Communications Bill Shapland, my boss, as Willie, and has taken to calling me "Little Willie."

A few more notes from post-game Seton Hall

·         Four players scored in double figures, the seventh time this season the team has done so.

·         Senior guard Chris Wright played in his 100th career game

·         Chris handed out six assists in the game, giving him 394 for his career and moving him past Fred Brown for seventh all-time.

·         Austin Freeman's 28 points gave him 1,548 for his career; he moved past Allen Iverson for 13th all-time in scoring at Georgetown and is tied with Brandon Bowman for 12th place all-time.

·         Senior forward Julian Vaughn blocked four shots against Seton Hall, giving him 40 this season and 107 for his career at Georgetown. 

o   If you add the 21 he had as a freshman at Florida State, Julian moved past Jeff Green for eighth all-time at GU

o   Julian has had eight games with at least three blocks this season.


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