#22 Georgetown: 2010-11 Basketball Preview
Overall Rank: #22
Conference Rank: #4 Big East Conference
2009-10: 23-11, 10-8
2009-10 postseason: NCAA
Coach: John Thompson III (139-62 at Georgetown, 207-104 overall)
Despite some impressive wins during the regular season, Georgetown faltered in the NCAA Tournament in a 83-97 loss to Ohio. That was a bad loss for a team that had so much potential. Just about everybody returns which can only be a good thing, but the one loss is a big one. Greg Monroe averaged 16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. His interior presence made the Hoyas outside shooting very impressive and without him the players on the perimeter will not get as many open looks.
Key Losses: C Greg Monroe
Nobody is going to replace Monroe, but Nate Lubick will try. He is not a bruiser like Monroe, but will bring much more versatility to the frontcourt if he is ready to handle some major playing time as a true freshman. Fellow big man Moses Ayegba is more of a project, but he is a big bodied player who will add some frontcourt depth sooner or later. On the wings Aaron Bowen and John Caprio will add some much needed depth. Bowen has a ton of potential, but it remains to be seen if he is ready to pick up 15 to 20 minutes per game. Markel Starks is the point guard of the future and could see some minutes as a backup this season.
All three returning starters on the perimeter averaged at least 33 minutes per game last year. The total lack of depth could have been an issue last season. The problem will not be much better this season, but at least there are some options. Austin Freeman and Jason Clark are the shooters on this team and both connected on over 42 percent of their attempts from long range. Freeman is the more dynamic player who has a nice mid-range game and will attack the basket. Yet, Clark is the better rebounder and without Monroe, getting all the help they can on the glass would be nice. Point guard Chris Wright does everything for Georgetown. He is not as efficient of a shooter as his backcourt mates, but he is an outside shooting threat; and because he is a threat to shoot, Wright will attack the basket with ease and either finish himself or find one of his teammates.
Julian Vaughn started beside Monroe last season and did a decent job. At 6-9 and 247 pounds, Vaughn can handle either the four or five spot. He is not a consistent scorer by any means, but he can have some solid games in the scoring column. More important than having the occasional double-digit scoring output, Vaughn will need to be more consistent in every aspect of the game and help replace Monroe’s impressive rebounding numbers. Jerrelle Benimon and Henry Sims were not too involved as freshmen, but both will be asked to play a bigger role in Monroe’s absence. Benimon has a little more experience, but Sims’ size will give him an opportunity to make a big jump in production.
Who to Watch:
Speaking of big jumps in production, Hollis Thompson is ready for a breakout year. The 6-7 wing was the sixth man last year and probably will be again this year. However, after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds during his freshman campaign, Thompson should provide enough depth at the forward spots so Coach John Thompson III will not need to have four players average over 33 minutes per contest.
Obviously losing Monroe is a big loss, but this is still a very talented team. Freeman and Clark may not shoot over 40 percent from long range again this year without constant double teams in the paint, but they will still make their share of long balls. Opposite from last season, the strength of the backcourt should open things up for the less experienced players in the frontcourt. That should lead to a good season from forwards like Vaughn, Sims, Benimon and Lubick who will handle a majority of the minutes at the four and five spots. If those four can hold their own, this team will win a game in the NCAA Tournament.
Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA
Projected Starting Five:
Chris Wright, Senior, Guard, 15.2 ppg
Austin Freeman, Senior, Guard, 16.5 ppg
Jason Clark, Junior, Guard, 10.5 ppg
Nate Lubick, Freshman, Forward, DNP last season
Julian Vaughn, Senior, Forward, 7.4 ppg
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