Georgetown legend George Thompson to receive inaugural Dean Smith Award

File this under the “How Cool” department: posted on Wednesday afternoon some key details of what the United States Basketball Writers Association mentioned as the 1984 National championship coach will be honored in person “at a dinner in Chapel Hill on November 10th.”

The article talked about this dinner serving two major purposes, both of which were paramount during the legendary North Carolina coach’s leadership which led to two national titles of his own (with more than a little luck involved) in 1982 and again in 1993.

The dinner will also have an auction, as all proceeds will go towards the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, a charity which, “provides financial assistance for undergraduate students from low-income families and enables professionals in education and social work to pursue advanced degrees.”

Thompson and Smith went as far back as the 1960’s when Thompson was a coach for St. Anthony’s School in Washington, DC and most of his players were recruited by Dean Smith.

Later, ABC Sports would capture Team USA claiming their first Olympic basketball gold medal since 1968 in Mexico City as the 1976 team easily won gold–Smith was head coach and Thompson was his right hand man.  This was around the same time the country was captivated by the former Bruce Jenner winning the Olympic decathlon.

“There was no one in basketball I loved or respected more than Dean Smith…There was never anyone like him.”

Longtime former Georgetown head coach John Thompson in comments found on a press release sent by the USBWA.

Nice honor, long overdue for one of college basketball’s pioneering coaches.

I am sure that it will be quite an event to see.  Sure hope someone can upload some highlights to YouTube if and when that time comes.


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