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Princeton Tabs Georgetown Assistant; Oden Opts for NBA

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Georgetown men's basketball program lost its second assistant coach yesterday when Sydney Johnson was named Princeton's new head coach. Johnson, a three-time captain for the Tigers, replaces Joe Scott, who resigned on March 20 to become the head coach at the University of Denver.

"I had a lot of excitement and nervous energy when I accepted the position," Johnson said in a statement released by Princeton. "But that has quickly turned into a feeling of relaxation of knowing that this is the right place to be."

Johnson, 32, was the 1997 Ivy League player of the year. He was playing professionally in Europe when John Thompson III persuaded him to retire as a player and join his staff at Georgetown in 2004.

"I'm ecstatic," said Thompson, who was an assistant at Princeton when Johnson played there. "As John Thompson, Princeton class of '88, this is a really exciting time."

Earlier this month, assistant Kevin Broadus left the Hoyas to become the head coach at Binghamton. Thompson said that he is in no rush to fill the two openings. . . .

Greg Oden is through with school.

The 7-foot freshman said he is leaving Ohio State and will enter the NBA draft. He led the Buckeyes to the national title game in his only year of college.

Freshman teammates Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook also said they will make themselves available for the draft.

Unlike Oden, however, they have opted not to hire an agent for now -- meaning they will retain the option of returning to school in the fall.

"This is a very tough decision for me," Oden said in a statement released by Ohio State. "I love OSU and love being a Buckeye, but I also have a great opportunity to take my game to the next level and compete with the best players in the world."

ยท HOCKEY: Islanders defenseman Sean Hill was hit with a 20-game suspension by the NHL, hours before New York faced elimination from the playoffs, for violating the league's drug policy.


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