“Respect: John Thompson” by Billy Colbert (from 2017 in Bladgen Alley, Shaw)
“Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., known simply as “Big John” throughout college basketball, has died at age 78.
Born Sept. 2, 1941, Thompson starred for John Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.,
before leading Providence to the 1963 NIT championship and serving as captain for the school’s first NCAA tournament team in 1964.
Thompson, who led Georgetown to the 1984 national championship, built the program into a juggernaut, taking the Hoyas to three Final Fours in the 1980s while also winning seven Big East titles and leading the 1988 United States national team to a bronze medal in the Olympics.”
August 31, 2020 Photo by Molly Colleary