The 1930's were lean years for Georgetown basketball. From 1930-38, the Hoyas managed only two winning seasons and was a combined 17-60 on the road. From this era came one of Georgetown's all time greats, Ed Hargaden.

Hargaden and head coach Fred Mesmer shared a high school alma mater, Syracuse's Christian Brothers Academy, where Hargaden had established himself as one of the school's finest since Mesmer's playing days at CBA. Hargaden joined the starting five in his first college game, leading the Hoyas with 12 of the team's 18 points against Pittsburgh, setting the stage for a career of considerable importance to an often struggling Hoya five. He turned in a season high 18 against West Virginia, and was named an all-Eastern Conference selection in 1933 with a 9.2 per game average.

Hargaden was the unquestioned star of the 1933-34 Hoyas, which became the first GU team to post a winning record in four seasons. Late in the season, Hargaden's scoring took off: 18 of the team's 30 points versus Canisius, 15 of GU's 27 at Pitt. Hargaden added 20 in 53-32 rout of Loyola for the Hoyas to reach .500, and scored 16 of the team's 32 in a 32-28 win over Carnegie Tech for a four game win streak at season's end, finishing with a 10.1 average. For his efforts, he was named all-conference as well as honorable mention All-America, Georgetown's first ever honoree in basketball.

The Hoyas slumped to a 6-13 mark in 1935, through no fault of Hargaden. "He did everything he could to arouse the team from its indifferent attitude," wrote Ye Domesday Booke, "but no one was equal to such a Herculean task". Hargaden led his team in scoring a third consecutive season and became its first three-time scoring champ in 15 years. While falling short of All-America honors, Hargaden received all-Eastern Intercollegiate honors for a third consecutive year.

Ed Hargaden graduated in 1935 and moved to Baltimore after his college years, serving for many years as a coach and staff member at Loyola High School. His son, Ed Jr. (C'60) was a varsity letterman at Georgetown from 1957-60 and the first "second generation" player in Hoya basketball-- the second arrived in 2007 in Patrick Ewing Jr.

Ed Hargaden was enshrined in the inaugural class of the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.























1932-33 15 138 9.1
1933-34 21 224 10.0
1934-35 19 175 9.2


55 537 9.8