Playing under coach John Thompson Jr., Roy Hibbert played in 32 games his freshman season, 17 as a starter, averaging 5.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg. While not playing the minutes he had hoped, Roy took the advice of his coach to keep faith and continue to work hard.
“It was just a matter of working hard, and that’s what I enjoyed, working hard. I didn’t want to have the 9 to 5,” recalls Roy. “So, I knew that by putting in the time, it would eventually work out. The hardest part was not playing my freshman year.”
During his sophomore year, Hibbert opened the season with back-to-back games of 20+ points, scoring 20 in the season opener at Navy and 23 points in a win at James Madison. Those two performances garnered him a selection as Big East Player of the Week. For all his hard work, Hibbert was named second team All-Big East, averaging 11.6 ppg and leading the Hoyas with 6.9 rpg and 1.64 blocks per game.
For the 2007 season, Roy was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East First Team. Leading the team in rebounding and blocks, while shooting a career-best 67.1 percent from the field, the center led the Hoyas to victory in the Big East Conference Championship for the first time since 1989. In the NCAA Tournament, the Hoyas marched to the Final Four as Hibbert scored 13 points with 11 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double in the Hoyas’ win in the East Regional Final versus North Carolina.
After a strong junior year, Roy went against the conventional choice of declaring for the NBA Draft as a possible lottery selection, and returned to Georgetown for his senior season. Selected as a Second Team Associated Press All-American and a First Team All-Big East selection, Roy led the Georgetown Hoyas in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots with averages of 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.2 bpg.
Roy’s most memorable memories from college include the unranked Hoyas upsetting #1 Duke at Georgetown in the 05-06 season and having his parents attend every home game.