Double Byes and Good Byes

Feb. 26, 2012

Double-Byes and Good-Byes!! 

Fresh from their blowout, Gray Out victory against Villanova on Saturday, the Hoyas face Notre Dame on Monday at Verizon Center with a great chance to improve their standing in the Big East Tournament double-bye sweepstakes.  Notre Dame helped make this possible by their 61-58 loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.  And South Florida did its part by squeezing by Cincinnati on Sunday.  Now, the Hoyas can control their own destiny by winning their two remaining games, beginning with the Irish on Monday night at Verizon and then beating Marquette in Milwaukee next Saturday.  If they do, the Hoyas will finish no lower than third in the Big East regular season standings.  

Monday’s game is also Senior Night when we honor senior leaders Jason Clark and Henry Sims.  It does not seem possible that Jason and Henry will be playing their last home game for the Hoyas.  I still remember Jason, the O’Connell High School star and D.C. Met Player of the Year, sitting behind the Hoya bench for so many games in high school.  And I remember Jason, Henry and their fellow class recruit Greg Monroe playing in the Kenner League as incoming freshmen almost four years ago now.  Monroe, of course, has gone on to star for the Detroit Pistons, and it is almost frightening to think how good this year’s bunch of overachievers would have been if he had stayed for four years.  

Henry Sims arrived on the Hilltop in summer 2008 from Mt. Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore where he averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds as a senior and was named Baltimore Metro Player of the Year.  He led his team to three Baltimore City League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.  As Hoya fans know, his progress on the Hilltop has seen its ups and downs, with the downs coming from his freshman through junior years, and the ups coming in this his senior season.  Upon arrival at Georgetown, Henry’s favorite offensive move was a long-range jump shot, which he missed with regularity.  He also was reluctant to mix it up in the middle despite his 6’09, 230 pound frame, leading certain Hoya fans to chant with some regularity - - “Be Mean, Henry!!” 

As a freshman, playing behind Monroe and Julian Vaughn, Sims averaged 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 9.8 minutes in 28 games.  As a sophomore, his numbers actually declined to 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.8 minutes per game.  With Monroe off to the NBA but still playing behind Vaughn, Henry’s numbers picked up as a junior to 3.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.  He also led the team in field goal percentage with 57.8%.  The good-natured Sims also dabbled in campus politics as he ran unsuccessfully for Student Body Vice-President, perhaps adding to the impression that basketball was not first and foremost among his extracurricular activities.  With this three-year body of work, few could have imagined the transformation that Henry has enjoyed during this his senior season. 

Rededicating himself to basketball, Henry has dramatically picked up his offensive game during his senior season and is now a central wheel in the Hoyas’ offensive game plan.  He leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game, most coming on backdoor cut passes he makes from above the free throw line to streaking teammates.  He is averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.  His offensive arsenal now includes a sweet hook shot, a quick first step blow by to the hoop, a medium range jumper, racing down the floor in transition after snatching a rebound, and a free throw percentage of 71.9%.  A consistent double figure scorer, he achieved his career-high point game against Memphis in the Maui Invitational with 24 points.  He also notched a career double-double against Rutgers with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  While he still struggles at times with more powerful big men, Henry has learned to use his quickness, speed and agility to become a key component of the Hoyas offensive and defensive arsenals.  His keen passing ability has also caught the eye of NBA scouts.  All in all, Henry has enjoyed a transformative senior season to date and there is hope for more to come in the remaining regular season and post-season tournament games. 

While there has been much talk this season about the youth of this year’s team and the development of Sims, there is little doubt that senior Jason Clark is the team’s heart and soul.  A three-year starter, Clark, former D.C. Met and Virginia State Player of the Year at O’Connell, has always been willing to step up, both offensively and defensively, when the situation called for it.  During the Snowmageddon game against Villanova as a sophomore, he notched 6 of 7 three-pointers in tallying 24 points in the Hoyas’ rout of the Wildcats.  As a junior, Jason scored 26 points in the overtime victory against Missouri.  This season, he has scored 31 points against DePaul, 28 points against Chaminade and 26 points each against Memphis and Marquette, on his way to a team-leading 14.5 point per game average.  Defensively, Jason’s arms that seem to go forever and his quickness make him a formidable presence. 

Jason’s statistics have improved each year that he has been with the Hoyas.  As a freshman, he averaged 5.2 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 30 steals.  As a sophomore, his numbers improved to 10.5 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, and 49 steals.  As a junior, his scoring average reached 12.0 points, his rebounds increased to 4.1 and he notched 41 steals.  This season, to date, he is scoring at a 14.5 per game clip, rebounding again at a 4.1 carom per game pace, and has already garnered 47 steals.  Jason’s 1293 career points ranks him 22d in points and his 177 three-pointers ranks him fourth behind Austin Freeman with 187, Kevin Braswell with 189 and Jonathan Wallace’s 240. His 161 steals is tied for 16th with Anthony Perry.  He also has played 3548 minutes, ranking him 15th all time.  With lengthy tournament runs, he could end up in the Top 10.  More importantly, Jason seems to have that sixth sense to know when his team needs him to step up and hit a big shot.  Villanova Coach Jay Wright paid tribute to Jason after Saturday’s rout of the Wildcats: “I think he is one of the best players in the country. If his goal was to get 30 tonight, he could have. He’s just an assassin.”  

Thank you Jason and Henry for the enjoyment you have given Hoya fans the past four years.  Best wishes for the rest of the season starting with Notre Dame and for your future careers.  You have made us proud!!

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The Hoyas game against Notre Dame is a must win!!  Notre Dame has had an extraordinary Big East season but they are not quite as good away from South Bend.  Led by Jack Cooley, who is the Irish’s latest clone of Pat Garrity, Troy Murphy, and Luke Harangody, the Irish play basketball the way Irish football is meant to be played.  They are tough inside and very hard to beat when they are hitting their 3’s.  In other words, they are the kind of team that can give us trouble if we don’t come with our “A” game.  I look for a war on Senior Night with the Hoyas, led by Jason and Henry, beating the Irish.

Mike Karam

Proud Member of Generation Laughna

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October 21
L, 17-9
Fordham Family Weekend
Cooper Field
RECAP

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October 21
W, 3-0
Seton Hall
Shaw Field
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October 21
L, 10-0
Uconn
Storrs, Conn.
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October 21
L, 3-0
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
RECAP
October 21
All Day
MAISA Womens Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
October 21
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 21
All Day
Kings Point Dinghy Open
Kings Point, N.Y.
October 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
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October 22
9:30 AM
Richmond
Cooper Field
October 22
11:30 AM
Elon
Cooper Field
October 22
12:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Fairfield, Conn.

Live Stats
October 22
2:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Cooper Field
October 22
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
All Day
MAISA Womens Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
October 22
All Day
Kings Point Dinghy Open
Kings Point, N.Y.
October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles HW/LW
Boston, Mass.

Results
Championship 4+ - 1:16 p.m. Lightweight 4+ - 1:16 p.m. Lightweight 8+ - 1:48 p.m.
October 22
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles
Boston, Mass.

Results
Lightweight 4+ - 1:30 p.m.
October 23
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 24
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 25
2:00 PM
Providence
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 26
2:00 PM
Xavier
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 27
2:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
October 27
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 28
1:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
October 28
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
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October 28
11:00 AM
James Madison
Cooper Field
October 28
12:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
October 28
1:00 PM
Maryland
Cooper Field
October 28
3:00 PM
Stony Brook
Cooper Field
October 28
All Day
Head of the Schuylkill LW only
Philadelphia, Pa.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
War Memorial Regatta
Geneva, N.Y.
October 29
1:00 PM
La Salle
Cooper Field
October 29
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
October 29
All Day
War Memorial Regatta
Geneva, N.Y.
October 29
All Day
Princeton Chase
Princeton, N.J.
October 29
All Day
Princeton Chase HW/LW
Princeton, N.J.
October 30
All Day
USF Intercollegiate
TPC Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
October 31
All Day
USF Intercollegiate
TPC Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
November 1
2:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

BEDN
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November 3
4:00 PM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 3
6:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 4
2:00 PM
Lafayette Homecoming
Cooper Field
November 4
10:00 AM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 4
6:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 4
All Day
Head of the Occoquan HW/LW
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
All Day
Head of the Occoquan
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 5
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 10
6:00 PM
Marquette
Milwuakee, Wis.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 11
12:00 PM
Bucknell
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 11
All Day
Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 11
All Day
ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 11
All Day
Womens Atlantic Coast Championships
New London, Conn.
November 12
12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
November 12
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
November 12
All Day
ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 12
All Day
Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 12
All Day
Womens Atlantic Coast Championships
New London, Conn.
November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena
November 15
7:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Capital One Arena

FS2
TBD
November 16
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
November 17
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 17
6:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

BEDN
November 18
1:00 PM
Colgate Senior Day
Cooper Field
November 18
12:00 PM
UMES
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
November 18
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 18
6:00 PM
Creighton
McDonough Arena
November 18
All Day
IC4A Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
ECAC Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 19
2:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
November 19
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
6:00 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.

TBD
TBD
November 25
8:30 PM
Chattanooga
Nashville, Tenn.
November 26
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Nashville, Tenn.
November 28
8:30 PM
Maine
Capital One Arena

FS1/FS2
TBD
November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
McDonough Arena
December 3
6:30 PM
Coppin State
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 7
8:30 PM
Howard
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
McDonough Arena
December 9
2:30 PM
North Carolina A&T
Capital One Arena

FS2
TBD
December 10
2:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
December 16
12:30 PM
Syracuse
Capital One Arena

CBS
TBD
December 20
7:00 PM
North Texas
Capital One Arena

FS2
TBD
December 21
6:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
December 23
12:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 27
6:30 PM
Butler
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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December 30
4:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

FS1
TBD
December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

BEDN
January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
TBD
January 2
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 5
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 6
12:00 PM
Creighton
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
January 6
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 7
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 9
6:30 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

FS1
TBD
January 10
7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

BEDN
Watch
January 12
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
January 13
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
TBD
January 13
1:00 PM
American/George Washington
Washington, D.C. (American University)
January 14
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

BEDN
January 17
6:30 PM
Villanova
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

BEDN
Watch
January 20
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
January 20
1:00 PM
Drexel
McCarthy Pool