Hoyas notebook: JTIII downplays report of Terps, Cavs matchups

Hoyas notebook: JTIII downplays report of Terps, Cavs matchups
August 24, 2014, 7:45 am
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Recently CSNwashington.com held a wide-ranging interview with Georgetown coach John Thompson III. Topics included the return of senior center Joshua Smith, the outlook for the touted incoming freshman class and Big East conference plus several other aspects of the upcoming season and beyond. Look for more on these matters in the days ahead (might as well bookmark CSNwashington's Georgetown page while you're here). For now, a few nuggets from that interview and elsewhere:

* Earlier in the week came a report by ESPN, citing a conversation with Thompson, that in 2015 Georgetown could face Virginia in the BB&T Classic and Maryland in the Big East-Big Ten series, otherwise known as the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Participating in the BB&T Classic for the first time this year, the Hoyas will play Towson.

Thompson responded to both rumors.

"We're in the BB&T this year. All other years will be determined later and I definitely have not had any discussion about any other opponents past Towson," he said.

Another source -- one not connected to Georgetown -- told CSNwashington that very preliminary talks have occurred, stating, "That (Georgetown-Virginia) would be a great matchup. Not in the cards at this time. Some interest on both sides…but challenging."

As for Maryland, Thompson previously stated the likelihood of the matchup for obvious geographic reasons. As far as Thompson can recall, that's all he's said on the matter and denied having any new information about a matchup taking place in 2015.

"I have no idea," Thompson said. "Our conference and the Big Ten conference's offices will determine opponents."

Georgetown and Maryland last met in the 2008 Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The previous matchup in the greater D.C. area took place at the Capital Centre in 1993. Bet on another one happening sooner than later, either at the Verizon Center or Xfinity Center, Maryland's on-campus arena. Whether that means 2015, we'll see, but there doesn't appear to be any resistance from the Georgetown end.

[RELATED: Joshua Smith's return remains a weight matter for the Hoyas]

* The Hoyas will enter the 2013-14 season with 12 players on scholarship, including freshman Trey Mourning. There had been some speculation of the message board variety that the son of former Georgetown great and NBA Hall of Fame center Alonzo Mourning might not be on scholarship, thus leaving Thompson another roster spot. As it stands, one spot is open, but with school starting this week, it will remain empty. With Jabril Trawick, Mikael Hopkins and Aaron Bowen entering their senior year this season, at least three more scholarships will be available for 2015-16. Two '15 recruits have verbally committed to the Hoyas. (UPDATE - Left Josh Smith off graduating senior list in haste. That leaves five available for next season with two already committed).

* Midnight madness will be held on October 17. That date corresponds with the Hoyas bringing recruits on campus for official visits