Nov. 21, 2011
Maui, Hawaii - It was an early morning on Sunday for Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III and the rest of the coaches here in Maui for the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The day started with a mandatory meeting for all head coaches at 7:45 a.m., followed by a press conference at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton Maui, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Hosted by ESPN commentator Jay Bilas, each coach was introduced to the audience and spoke briefly about his team and there excitement about being in Hawaii for the one of the best in-season tournaments in college basketball.
Following the press conference, the coaches gathered for a photo opportunity with a surfboard, followed by the traditional free throw shooting contest.
Each coach was paired up with a middle school basketball player from Maui. The middle school player was given one practice shot at the free throw line, followed by three shots from the charity stripe. Each coach then stepped to the line and was given three shots, with no practice shots.
Thompson was paired up with eighth grader Emma Hanlon, who swished her third shot. Thompson, meanwhile, was the only coach to sink all three of his free throw attempts.
Following the press conference, a camera crew from ESPN's EA Sports All-Access: Maui Invitational visited members of the Georgetown team as they spent some time on Kaanapali Beach.
The camera crew interviewed senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and then took some shots as Clark and teammates Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) and Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/National Christian Academy) walked along the beach.
The team went through a two-hour practice at Lahainaluna High School, located near the top of the mountain in Maui.
After the practice, all of the teams gathered at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for "An Evening with the Coaches," the tip-off banquet for the tournament. The teams were introduced one by one to a crowd of nearly 500 people and the dinner featured a performance from Maui Extreme Cheer and entertainment from Tahitian Otea with Polynesian Drummers.
The coaches were introduced by ESPN talent Bill Raftery and addressed the crowd before the evening closed out.
The Maui Invitational tips off at 10 a.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), with Michigan facing Memphis. The Hoyas play the final game of the first day, facing off against Kansas at 7 p.m. local time (midnight ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
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