When the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team kicks off its annual Midnight Madness practice, rap legend Doug E. Fresh is scheduled to headline a celebration called: “Kickin’ it Ol’ Skool”.
Seems odd that the Hoyas are going old school to usher in a senior-less team of fresh faces. But perhaps its only fitting that they call on Mr. Fresh to kick off the 2012-2013 season. Because the last time Doug E. topped the charts was back in the 1980s; also the last time the Hoyas won an NCAA National Championship.
Maybe after years of trying to separate himself from his “old school” father, Georgetown Coach John Thompson III wants to fully embrace the Hoyas’ glory days. You know, back in the day when Georgetown basketball dominated the Big East Conference, reaching the Final Four three times in four years.
That was back when the “old school” John Thompson unleashed “Hoya Paranoia” on Big East opponents. So far, the “new school” Coach Thompson appears to prefer “kickin’ it pre-school”, as in his prehistoric Princeton offense.
Thompson and Doug E. are both 46. Which means Thompson probably remembers when Doug E. and the “Get Fresh Crew” teamed up with MC Ricky D, aka Slick Rick, to bring us “The Show”, the ultimate house party song.
This season Thompson puts his hopes in a new crew, having lost his top three scorers in Jason Clark, Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson. Without senior leadership, junior guard Markel Starks, who averaged 7.1 points per game, will have to step up if these new school Hoyas want to achieve anything close to Georgetown’s old school glory.