November 18, 2007
This and That: Michigan
November 18, 2007 - Following is This and That, the companion to HoyaReport.com's traditional coverage of Georgetown's 74-52 victory over Michigan, Thursday. In addition to observations and quotes, audio clips are provided.
Sapp Attack - If any one Georgetown player has shown increased impact this fledgling season, it would have to be Jessie Sapp, the six foot three inch junior guard from the portion of New York City, dubbed Harlem, USA. Proof can be found in his numbers: During last season, in which the team finished with a 30-7 mark while reaching the NCAA Tournament's Final Four, Sapp provided 9.1 points, four rebounds, and 3.46 assists per contest. Over the course of this campaign's two games, Sapp has increased his production in all three categories, averaging 15 points, six rebounds and 5.5 assists. What's even more impressive is his junior campaign output has been logged in 6.8 fewer minutes (32.8 last season, 26.0 this time around).
But solely assessing Jessie's stats provide an incomplete picture, as he has not only dropped greater numbers, but has played a lot of minutes at point guard, allowing backcourt mate, senior Jonathan Wallace - last season's primary point guard - to play more of what could be called shooting guard (in John Thompson III's system, both guards do much the same thing).
Wallace alluded to that interchangeabilty in the post-game interview, while their teammate, senior center Roy Hibbert, acknowledged Sapp's expanded role and improved shooting ability - Sapp has shot 61.1% thus far compared to 42.4% last year.
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