In one of the most hilariously “That’s so Georgetown” moments this writer has ever encountered, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suited up for Can’t Be Stop in today’s Kenner League action. Duncan, who played at Harvard and had a brief stint playing professionally in Australia, actually was able to hold his own against much younger competition.
More highlights and lowlights of Day Three below, including PA gaffes, ugly jerseys and a big debut from a soon-to-be Hoya.
The Good: DSR
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown’s highest-ranked Class of 2016 recruit, dazzled a packed McDonough Arena with lights-out shooting, a quick first step, nasty handles and a solid basketball IQ. He scored 26 points (including 4-of-5 from downtown) while effectively running the point for The Tombs. Brandon Bolden, the other Hoya frosh on the roster, looked raw and definitely needs work on defensive positioning. Still, he’s a long, athletic 6-foot-10 big man with a sweet lefty stroke — a poor man’s Chris Bosh, just as advertised.
Even if Bolden and fellow freshman big Bradley Hayes (who was out today with an ankle injury) need a year’s worth of work, Smith-Rivera’s obvious talent should still give the Georgetown faithful reason to be excited.
Honorable Mention: Clyde’s vs. DCX
The mid-afternoon contest featured no fewer than six current or former Hoyas. The game wasn’t particularly close, but watching Markel Starks (33 points) go head-to-head with Jabril Trawick (24) was pretty damn entertaining. Oh, and Austin Freeman can still shoot.
The Bad: Roster Mix-ups
Hate to nitpick here — the guy who does the PA at these games has a great voice and a few nice signature lines. But considering it’s a Georgetown-hosted league, you’d think everyone would be able to correctly identify current and former Hoyas. The PA guy repeatedly mispronounced “Caprio,” misidentified Freeman and Starks and declared that Bradley Hayes had committed a foul when Hayes was, in fact, sitting on the bench in a walking boot. Not a good look.
The Ugly: Team Takeover vs. Town Tavern
It probably isn’t fair to say this considering I left at halftime…but dear God, this game was rough. There was little semblance of defense from either team — Takeover led 59-38 at half — and it was only that close because Town Tavern shot a three every possession. Georgetown center Mikael Hopkins sat half of the first period after scoring at will when he was in, and his team still built up a 20-point lead.
To top it all off, Team Takeover’s jerseys were orange. What a horrible, horrible color. Who let them onto campus, anyway?
That’s all we’ve got for this weekend, folks. Be sure to keep checking in all summer for ongoing coverage of the Kenner League.