Oct. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Many times, when you hear about basketball players coming back to visit at Georgetown, you hear the names of former All-Americans like Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning or Dikembe Mutombo. You hear of the legendary "big men" from the Hilltop.
On this day, however, it was one of the great Georgetown guards that came to visit the Hilltop. And it wasn't just any guard - it was Georgetown's all-time leading scorer and two-time All-American Eric "Sleepy" Floyd.
Floyd visited his old stomping grounds at McDonough Arena - where he was the most prolific scorer in Georgetown history, tallying 2,304 points, a 17.7 per game average between 1978 and 1982 - and visited with his former coach, John Thompson Jr., and long-time athletic trainer Lorry Michel, before speaking to the current Georgetown team.
"I knew he was the all-time leading scorer and I knew about the things he did in the playoffs," junior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadephia, Pa./Abington Friends) said. "Usually you hear about the big guys coming back, but it was really cool to have a guard come back and talk to us."
Floyd sat and talked with the team for about 30 minutes before their afternoon practice.
"It was a good visit," senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) said. "We sat down with Big Coach and he talked about his time here. He talked about constantly competing day-in and day-out and forcing your teammates to get better and that by doing that, you force yourself to get better. He went on to talk about his time in the League (the NBA). He kept reiterating about working on your game and making yourself better."
"He talked to us about being self-motivated in order to help each other as a team," Trawick said. "Doing that is going to help us a team. And he was just telling about how it works and it was like when he was here and was in our shoes. He talked to us about how hard they competed with each other and how hard they went at opponents."
In his three years on the Hilltop, both Starks and Trawick have met many former players, from Ewing to Mourning and Motumbo and to Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe. But to have the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program pay a visit was something special.
"It was amazing," Trawick said. "I was just trying to take it all in. It was really great of him to come and I know it meant a lot to all of us."
"He's one of the guys that I knew growing up from the history of Georgetown," Starks said. "He's a legend, a living legend. Not for just what he at Georgetown, but in helping to put Georgetown on the map and to hear his stories, that was special. It was surreal. It was something I won't forget and I was thankful he was able to visit with us."
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