March 29, 2007

This and That: Pre-Final Four Media Day

A-T-L, Here They Come: Most are aware of Georgetown's recent recruiting prowess in the D.C./Baltimore/VA areas, as well as the geographic-polar opposites the starting backcourt of Jonathan Wallace and Jessie Sapp represent, hailing from New York and Alabama, respectively.

But what about Atlanta, also known as the A-T-L; land of Martin Luther King, Jr., history, pecans, Crunk rap, and peaches and this year's NCAA Final Four? For the two current Hoyas returning home, the trip down I-85 is a dream come true.

To Octavius Spann, a sophomore swingman who graduated from Atlanta's Banneker High School, the opportunity to play in his hometown is extra special, as it affords his mother, Julia Thornton, her first opportunity to seem him play on the collegiate level.

"I come from a single parent household, and she has a busy schedule," Spann said. "This is the first game she gets to come."

Though Thornton never has seen her son play as a Hoya in person, she has visited D.C., and was instrumental in his choosing G'Town over the likes of Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Georgia.

"She came on my visit. That's the reason why I'm here," he said. "She was impressed, I was also impressed, with the coaches and players. We saw a bright future here."

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