Indiana Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert became the latest former Georgetown Hoya to give big to the university toward a training facility that will be named for Hall of Fame coach John Thompson.
“I am deeply indebted to Georgetown University and the basketball program for all they have done for me,” Hibbert said in a release from GU. “I put in a lot of hard work to get where I am, but I was given a tremendous amount of guidance both on and off the floor from Coach [John Thompson III] and I wouldn’t be here without him.”
The elder Thompson’s son has coached the Georgetown program since 2005. His father coached the Hoyas from 1973-99, leading the team to an NCAA championship in 1984 and to three Final Four berths during the career of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.
The elder Thompson had a record of 596-239 in parts of 27 seasons at Georgetown. Thompson III is 227-104 in 10 seasons and led the Hoyas to a Final Four berth—with Hibbert as his center—in 2007.
Hibbert is the third former Hoya to make a donation to the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center in the last two weeks.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the$62 million project is set for Sept. 12. All of the money for the project is being donated.