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90. Ed Spriggs
AB 1982
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
High School: Memorial
Position: Center
Height: 6-9
Weight: 240
Years on Team: 1978-82
Highlights:
Career Rebounds, #28
Career Scoring, #75
Career Points By Decade, #16
Team Captain, 1981, 1982


When Ed Spriggs graduated from Northwestern High School in 1974, college basketball was the furthest thing from his mind, since Spriggs never played varsity basketball in high school and chose a job over college. But four years later, while working in a Washington regional postal center, he accepted an offer to enroll at Georgetown, setting the course to become one of the decade's more memorable recruits.

Spriggs started the first three games of his career, picking up 11 points and 17 rebounds. With the reemergence of senior Tom Scates, Spriggs filled in the role of the 6th man, averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing just 17 minutes a game. He saved some of his best efforts in his sophomore season, with a 14 point, 10 rebound effort against Maryland and 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Syracuse in the Big East finals. Slowed by a sprained ankle midway in the season, Spriggs still averaged 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds, shooting 66 percent from the floor.

Spriggs started all but one game in 1980-81, but only once in 1981-82, the season opener. Patrick Ewing had arrived and it was time for Spriggs, now 28, to return to his reserve role. Ed's maturity and game day experience proved to be a great balance to the younger Ewing's exuberance, and he often helped the Hoyas in the middle when Ewing sat with foul trouble. In a mid-season game with Syracuse, for example, Spriggs came off the bench for 14 points and seven rebounds.

With only modest statistics to his credit, it was a recognition of Spriggs' growth as a player that led the Boston Celtics to select him in the ninth round of the 1982 NBA draft. Spriggs moved on to play professionally in Belgium and later as an assistant athletic director at St. Peter's before returning to Georgetown as a member of the basketball staff from 1987 through 2004.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1978-79 29 6 660 52 90 57.8 42 59 71.2 129 4.4 56 11 24 15 146 5.0
1979-80 25 14 568 64 97 66.0 37 58 63.8 111 4.4 48 8 12 15 165 6.6
1980-81 32 31 718 64 119 53.8 41 74 55.4 135 3.6 28 17 28 20 168 5.3
1981-82 36 1 610 39 89 43.8 31 46 67.4 115 3.2 69 11 14 19 109 3.0

Total

122 52 2556 219 395 55.4 151 237 63.7 490 4.0 201 47 78 69 588 4.8
 
Top 25 Career Rankings By Statistic

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

Total

21st * * * * 8th * * * * * * * * 17th * * *

Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played 44 (12/13/1980) 7 (2/9/1980)
Points 16 (12/13/1980) 0 (20 games)
Field Goals Made 7 (12/13/1980) 0 (33 games)
Field Goals Attempted 11 (1/17/1982) 0 (5 games)
3 Point FG Not Applicable Not Applicable
3 Point FG Attempted Not Applicable Not Applicable
Free Throws Made 6 (three games) 0 (63 games)
Free Throws Attempted 9 (3/5/79) 0 (50 games)
Offensive Rebounds Not Applicable Not Applicable
Total Rebounds 11 (12/13/1980) 0 (7 games)
Assists 3 (two games) 0 (79 games)
Turnovers Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Blocked Shots Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Steals 3 (three games) Not Recorded*
* Individual game totals for these statistics not reflected in box scores.

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