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10/13/2007 01:35:00 AM
Madness at Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There was a rumor, albeit a flimsy one, floating around the Internet that New Orleans rapper Lil' Wayne would be showing up at Georgetown's Midnight Madness. The fact that he has been known to wear a Hoyas hat gave it a bit of credence, and if Villanova could get a surprise 50 Cent appearance last year, and Texas A&M was announcing a Soulja Boy show this year, there were those who figured Weezy-in-D.C. wasn't entirely out of the question ...
It turned out to be only a rumor: there was no Lil' Wayne at Friday night's party in McDonough Gymnasium on Georgetown's campus. There was, however, an appearance by Dances-With-Stars wideout Jerry Rice, who got a lesson in the Soulja Boy from Hoya forward Pat Ewing Jr. The most famous Louisiana resident in attendance turned out to be a 6-foot-10 high school senior: Greg Monroe, who's the No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2008 according to Rivals.com. He was showered with chants of "Greg Mon-Roe" from the Georgetown students who had packed the 2,500-seat gym to the gills. They seemed very interested in having Monroe replace Roy Hibbert in the Hoyas' frontcourt next season.
Monroe, who visited LSU the previous week (witnessing the Tigers' football win over Florida) and heads to Duke next week, wasn't ready to commit on the spot after the festivities. But he did say he had breakfast with coach John Thompson III that morning, and met Big John Thompson, and was "impressed." Asked to compare Georgetown to LSU, Monroe said, "LSU is real big; it has that big feeling. This is smaller and more relaxed. They're two very different schools."
It's unclear whether Monroe will made any college decision during the fall period, but the consensus is that Georgetown and Duke have the leg up in the race to sign him. For what it's worth, he seemed to be in a great mood on Friday: I watched him crack up at the sight of John Thompson III dancing -- "I didn't expect that," Monroe said -- although he did not go as far as to sport one of the "JTIII is my Homeboy" shirts that two students, James DiPietro and Phil McClymont, were hawking in a parking lot outside of McDonough. They said that JTII confronted them last year asking, in a serious tone, where his "cut" was ... before breaking into laughter.
There was far more dancing than basketball on the evening; the lone hoops display was a dunking drill and a few lackadaisical minutes of the weave. JTIII forced the team to do a group Soulja Boy, which somewhat botched until Malik Kilkenny Diaw, the little brother of former Hoyas center Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw and an apparent expert in Crank Dat moves, came out to rescue them. Malik told me he thought it would only take "one hour" to teach JTIII a perfect Soulja Boy. Here's Malik in the blog's first (very brief) attempt at video production:
Georgetown fans should hope that Monroe noticed how much the students embraced Hibbert, their current star in the post. While some players used their Midnight Madness introductions as an opportunity to flash dance moves at midcourt, Roy waded into the crowd and bounced up and down as his theme song -- Eye of the Tiger, with the early beats sung as "Roy Roy Roy" -- blared over the speakers. And it was Hibbert who later did the honors of unveiling the Hoyas' 2007 Final Four banner, tugging on a rope to pull away the blue curtain that cloaked the sign. JTIII said it was the final step to "wrap up last year, and move on." Real practice, where there certainly wouldn't be any more Soulja Boy, was to begin on Saturday.