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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

October 31st, 2006

By Joel Welser

jwelser@collegehoops.net

Broadcast Basketball

 

Georgetown Hoyas

 

Overall Rank: #13

Conference Rank: #3 Big East

 

2005-06: 23-10, 10-6, 4th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NCAA

 

It feels a little like 1985 at Georgetown.  The expectations are that high in the nations capital.  With Coach John Thompson III reclaiming the glory days of his father’s reign, the Hoyas will look for better things than the Sweet Sixteen this year.

 

Who’s Out: The departures of Ashanti Cook, Brandon Bowman and Darrel Owens leave a massive gap on the wings.  Cook, the teams best long range shooter a year ago, averaged 10.2 points and 2.5 assists.  Bowman tacked on 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds from the small forward spot.  Owens, despite not starting a game, saw nearly as much action off bench.  Little used Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw and Ryan Beal have also run out of eligibility. 

 

Who’s In: Pat Ewing, Jr. makes the family’s triumphant return to Georgetown.  The 6-10 junior averaged 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds for Indiana two years ago and will be one of the many battling for minutes at the three.  DaJuan Summers may stand in his way of finding a starting job.  Summers can handle either forward spot, although his post moves need a little work.  His overall game is pretty polished for a freshman and if Coach Thompson wants him to start, he should be able to handle it.  Vernon Macklin needs to gain some strength, but the 6-9 power forward has tons of potential.  Macklin is the third Mr. Basketball from Virginia to play with the Hoyas, following Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson.  Jeremiah Rivers may be asked to provide some much needed depth on the perimeter and should get the chance to find some minutes.

 

Who to Watch: Replacing the wings won’t be easy.  Tyler Crawford and Jessie Sapp have a handle on the shooting guard spot.  Crawford hardly saw any minutes last year, but if he can provide some much needed long range shooting, he’ll be in the mix to start.  Sapp showed promise as a freshman and is the most likely candidate to start.  Along with Ewing and Summers, Marc Egerson and Octavius Spann will compete for the other spot on the wing.  The only spot Georgetown fans can feel good about in the backcourt is the point.  Jonathan Wallace averaged 7.9 points and 3.2 assists as a sophomore and will have to mentally and physically carry the backcourt, at least while the inexperienced guys are coming into their own. 

 

Final Projection: Looking past the deficiencies on the perimeter is where Georgetown becomes a top 20 team.  Jeff Green earned second-team All-Big East honors as a sophomore after averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.  As an upperclassman, the 6-9 forward is expected to have a breakout season and garner some national attention.  Roy Hibbert, at 7-2 and 283 pounds, can cause nightmares for opposing centers.  Hibbert isn’t just a big man.  He greatly improved his production up to 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds for his sophomore campaign and he keeps working hard and trying to improve his game on every level.  The frontcourt is awesome, the backcourt has questions.  Georgetown desperately needs to replace the long range shooting lost by Cook and Owens in order to open up the interior for the talented big guys.  If that doesn’t happen, Georgetown will fall short of their newly found lofty 1985 type expectations.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

Projected Starting Five:

Jonathan Wallace, Junior, Guard, 7.9 points per game

Jessie Sapp, Sophomore, Guard, 2.8 points per game

DaJuan Summers, Freshman, Forward, DNP last season

Jeff Green, Junior, Forward, 11.9 points per game

Roy Hibbert, Junior, Center, 11.6 points per game

 

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