Race and the Georgetown Offense

Backdoor cuts. Ferocious slams. How Hoyas coach "JT3" has used his Princeton background to rewrite b-ball's racial "rules"

Mike Segar / Reuters

Georgetown University Hoyas' Jonathan Wallace (R) goes to the basket against University of North Carolina Tar Heels' Ty Lawson in their NCAA men's East Regional final basketball game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, March 25, 2007.

When John Thompson III, coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team, took over the moribund program there three years ago, a persistent question hovered over him, the way Patrick Ewing once loomed over point guards when Thompson's father, Hall of Famer John Thompson Jr., coached the Hoyas during their 1980s glory years. Could he really import the Princeton Offense, the precise, pass-happy basketball style that Thompson absorbed as both player and coach at the Ivy League school, to a team like Georgetown, which competes in the high-powered Big East conference? Consider the Hoyas' most notable hoops alum over the past...

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