SportsPulse: Former NBA and Georgetown basketball player Jerome Williams discusses his time playing under the late John Thompson and specifically recalls a quote that changed his life. USA TODAY

I never played college basketball. But I always felt like John Thompson Jr. was my coach.

That’s because Coach Thompson, , was a larger-than-life figure with a reach that extended beyond the walls of the arenas in which he coached, and beyond the game of basketball itself.

Thompson spurred my introduction to college basketball. As I grew up outside of D.C. in the early 1980s, our introduction came through the television set at my grandparents’ house. It frequently featured the Georgetown Hoyas, and

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