Winner Selected for Hoyas Court Design Contest

June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown Athletics Department has selected a court design submitted by Kevin Rieffel (C’06) from Philadelphia, Pa., as the winner of the Hoyas Court Design Contest.

A former member of the Georgetown swimming & diving team, Rieffel’s submission beat out more than 150 court designs received during the month-long contest.

“We received many great submissions for the contest and were really overwhelmed by the response from our fans,” Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson III said. “After reviewing all of the submissions with our selection committee – which included Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed, Associate Athletics Director Brian McGuire and Associate Athletics Director Dan O’Neil – we chose Kevin’s design and are really excited to see it on the floor next season.”

Rieffel’s design will be featured on the court at Verizon Center for all Georgetown home men’s basketball games. The new court design includes the University’s blue and gray tradition, dating back to the Civil War era. There is a larger block G at center court, with “Hoyas” on each side of the court. The newest addition is the area inside of the lane, featuring the traditional kente-cloth pattern, which originally appeared on Georgetown jerseys in the early 1990s.

“From an early point in the Georgetown court design contest, it was pretty clear that fellow alumni, students and fans wanted a design that was considered more traditional,” Rieffel said. “This was an incredible contest that kept the excitement of Georgetown Basketball going through the spring and into the summer. I am proud to help contribute to the Georgetown Basketball program and tradition, I thank everyone for their feedback, suggestions and ideas for tweaks, and I hope fellow Hoyas fans are just as excited as I am to see our team make us proud out on this court.”

The best way to enjoy the new court at Verizon Center is with a men's basketball season ticket package. Season tickets will go on sale in early July and start at just $149 per seat. To receive information as soon as packages are available, send an e-mail to or subscribe to the men's basketball ticket alert listserv by creating a MY HOYAS Account at

Three runner-up selections were also announced, with court designs from Lexi Dever, Derek Howard and Brian McCrodden each seriously considered before the winner was selected.

The athletics department also recognized winners in other categories, including the court design with the most D.C Pride, the best hand-drawn submission, the best use of Georgetown’s campus, the most out-of-the-box design, the best in representing Georgetown history, the best pop-culture reference and the most likely to scare opposing players.

Runner Ups

Lexi Dever

Derek Howard

Brian McCrodden
Best Use of Georgetown’s Campus

Erin Rudy

Norma Perez

Seth Berger
Most DC Pride and Best Hand-drawn

Trey Lord

Perry Cao

Jake Foote
Best Representing GU Basketball History and Most Scary Court

Anthony Calabro

Leo Ariemma

Leo Ariemma
Most Out-of-the-Box Design and Best Pop Culture Reference

Dan Kane

Jimmy Donofrio

Scott Paul Greenwood



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