A two sport letterman and a pre-med, no less, Dennis Cesar typified the model of student-athlete that was part of Georgetown in the 1960's. Among guards in the decade, he was among the most proficient scorers of his era.
Cesar joined the varsity in 1965 following a busy year on the freshman team, setting a school record with 43 points in a game. He made his presence early in his varsity career with a 21 point effort off the bench against Loyola, but his scoring average was modest until he joined the starting lineup in January, 1966. Down the stretch of that season, the tandem of Cesar and Jim Brown propelled the Hoyas to the verge of the NIT post-season, with Cesar averaging 13.3 points a game despite being a second or third scoring option in some games. Highlights included a combined 47 points in two games against George Washington and 20 points against Seton Hall. An expert at free throws, Cesar's two FT's helped Georgetown upset Rutgers, a big win prior to a blistering loss to St. Joseph's which sank the Hoyas' 1965-66 post-season momentum.
For his junior year, Cesar was paired with a new coach (Jack Magee) and a new man in the backcourt (Bruce Stinebrickner), but continued to make big plays for the Hoyas. He scored in double figures in all but two games in 1966-67, highlighted by a 40 point effort in the two game Rochester Classic, 28 over St. Peter's, and a 12 for 16 shooting effort versus Canisius in a narrow loss. A shoulder injury dampened his statistics but not his efforts in games with teams such as NYU and Boston College, nonetheless, Georgetown dropped six of its final seven and finished 0-7 in games against New York area teams.
Cesar saw spot duty at forward in 1967-68 but spend much of his senior season paired with Stinebrickner in the backcourt. The graduation losses of frontcourt men like Steve Sullivan and Frank Hollendoner put additional pressure on the guards to pick up the scoring and Cesar delivered. He led the team in scoring in six of the first ten games, including a 25 point, 9-9 from the line effort in a 86-74 win at St. Joseph's, Georgetown's first win over the hated Hawks in 11 years. According to the HOYA, 250 students met the returning bus at McDonough at 2:45 am. following the big win.
The efforts of his senior season were emblematic of the skills which Dennis Cesar not only delivered on the court but in the classroom, as he went on to receive his MD degree from Georgetown in 1972.