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03-04 Georgetown Preview


 Georgetown Basketball

by Vince Pellegrini Jr.

October 16th, 2003

The Hoyas are hoping to turn things around
by Vince Pellegrini, Jr.

    When you think of Georgetown you think of defense and low post players. From Merlin Wilson to Patrick Ewing to Alonzo Mourning to Mike Sweetney and everyone in between the Hoyas have lived by their big guys. This year, however, will be a little different. You see the Hoyas lack size inside and have an abundance of very athletic bodies on the outside. Head coach Craig Esherick had no choice but to switch up his mindset and to try and shoot over people and not to drive into them.

    Georgetown will look to lean on 6'6 senior guard Gerald Riley. One year ago, Riley started every game averaging 14.1 points a game. He was deadly beyond the arc where he shot forty-two percent. Just ask Virginia Tech. Gerald filled up the hoops in Blacksburg for a career high 31 points. The Hoyas are also counting on their 6'8 forward Brandon Bowman to step up and really become a force in the Big East. The lean Santa Monica native showed signs last year of things to come. In a late January game in Pittsburgh, Bowman kept the Hoyas in the contest with clutch makes at the charity stripe down the stretch. Bowman's high school teammate, Ashanti Cook, changed his number from 21 to 0 from last season. Cook is the top candidate to replace Tony Bethel at the point guard position. The 6'2 sophomore had a breakout day in Knoxville in the opening round of the NIT last year when he scored a career high sixteen points. The other candidate to take the point is freshman Matt Causey from Berkmar High School in Georgia. I look for big things out of him. He could be the most exciting player that G'Town has recruited since Demetrius Hunter.

        Fifth year senior Courtland Freeman will most likely start at the center spot. Freeman has been just riddled with injuries since his college career began. He played in every game one year ago chipping in with only 2.4 points and 2.3 caroms a game. Also in the low post will be 6'8 sophomore Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw and 6'8 freshman Sead Dizdarevic who hails from Serbia and Montenegro.

        Seniors Ramell Ross and Omari Faulkner will most likely see more playing time than what they have been accustomed to in the past. Ross is a 6'5 swingman hailing from Fairfax, Virginia. Ramell played in fourteen games. Faulkner, on the other hand, only played in five contests. Omari is a 6'6 forward from Memphis. Sophomore Ryan Beal will see more time than his three games of last year. Beal is from Florida and most people who are close to the program believe that he has a chance of really seeing some good playing time this season. Junior Darrel Owens doesn't have a good chance. He will be the court time in every game. He is just an awesome athlete. To see the thunderous dunk against Duke on January 8 just really caught the fans attention. He will be a major player in the Hoyas season. I look for this swingman to have a breakout season. Six foot eight freshman Ken Izzo is a walk-on at Georgetown this year. I don't look for him to see much of any time this campaign.
        The final piece to the puzzle this season is Rayshawn Reed. The Inglewood native stands at six feet tall and he has a motor that just doesn't stop. I believe Reed will step up and play a lot by year's end. You can't keep an athlete like this on the bench. Esherick will find time for him.

        Midnight Madness will hit a fever pitch in Washington, D.C. on October 17 as the Hoyas will take the court for the first time in front of the home crowd since March 8. Then on November 21, the Hoyas will get the 2003-04 campaign underway when they play host to Grambling.

2003-04 Hoyas' Schedule
11/21/03    Grambling
11/23/03    at Penn State
11/25/03    Coastal Carolina
11/29/03    Delaware State
12/3/03        Norfolk State
12/6/03        Davidson
12/13/03    Elon
12/20/03    Howard
12/22/03    at Citadel
1/3/04        Rutgers*
1/6/04        Boston College*
1/10/04        at West Virginia*
1/14/04        at Connecticut*
1/20/04        St. John's*
1/24/04        Duke (CBS)
1/26/04        at Providence*
1/31/04        at Miami, FL*
2/5/04        Villanova*
2/7/04        Miami, FL*
2/11/04        at Virginia Tech*
2/14/04        at Temple (ESPN)
2/18/04        at St. John's*
2/21/04        Syracuse* (ESPN)
2/24/04        Pittsburgh*
2/28/04        at Seton Hall*
3/4/04        at Notre Dame* (ESPN2)
3/6/04        Virginia Tech*
*Big East Conference Games

 E-Mail the Author: Vince Pellegrini Jr.




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