No place blends basketball and politics quite like Georgetown. Who among the student body hasn’t paused his or her episode of the West Wing in order to head to the Verizon Center? One question, therefore, dominates the thoughts and conversations of everyone on campus: Which former president would Head Coach John Thompson III have recruited?
As it turns out, JTIII has two top targets. Our experts are on the scene to share their scouting reports.
Honorable Mention : John F. Kennedy — 6’0” G
Molly O’Connell: Simply put, he has the right personality for this team. Much like the Hoyas, JFK was generally well liked, but horrifyingly inconsistent. The way he handled the Cuban Missile Crisis was pretty awesome, kind of like absolutely destroying No. 4 Villanova. Rumor has it the White House staff stormed the situation room after the Soviets folded. The Bay of Pigs on the other hand reminds me of losing to Villanova by 16 three weeks after beating them by 20.
Woodrow Wilson — 5’11” G
Russell Guertin: Wilson, the 13th President of Princeton, would quickly mesh into the Princeton offense. Plus, Thompson always loves supporting his alma mater.
Dillon Mullan: Wilson, like JTIII, has strong ties to Princeton. He already knows the offense.
William Howard Taft — 5’11” C
Maddie Auerbach: Considering that Thompson loves having big senior center Josh Smith on the court, I don’t see why he also wouldn’t favor another 300-pounder. Though Taft’s 5’11” stature doesn’t compare to Smith’s 6’10” height, Taft would dominate the paint in a similar way that we’ve seen Smith do all season long. As long as Taft doesn’t commit 3-second violations as frequently as he gets stuck in bathtubs, I think that JTIII would instantly pick up our most obese president in a throwback draft.
Tyler Park: Thompson would have recruited William Howard Taft. It’s clear from his use of Josh Smith that Coach knows how to use a massive big man on the block. Taft might be limited to only about 11 minutes per game, but he would be a force under the basket.