Who is gone:
Otto Porter – NBA – 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals
Brandon Bolden – transferring – he saw a total of five minutes of action his freshman year
The loss of Porter to the NBA is a significant blow, but not one that came as a surprise. I’m sure Porter would have preferred to have had better success in the NCAA Tournament, but his personal accomplishments could not have been much better. He was the Big East Player of the Year and a first team All-American his sophomore season, and he singlehandedly defeated Syracuse in Georgetown’s last trip to the Carrier Dome as Big East opponents. Not much was known about Bolden leading up to his arrival to Georgetown and nothing was learned as he played in just four games at about a minute a piece. He had the potential to provide front court depth, but he will now look to get more playing time at Kansas State.
Who is back:
Markel Starks – point guard – 34.1 minutes, 12.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Greg Whittington – forward – 35.2 minutes, 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera – guard – 25.5 minutes, 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds
Nate Lubick – forward – 29.6 minutes, 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds
Mikael Hopkins – center – 20.1 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds
Jabril Trawick – guard – 26.6 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds
Aaron Bowen – forward – 7.0 minutes, 1.6 points, 1.0 rebounds
Moses Ayegba – center – 9.4 minutes, 1.4 points, 2.5 rebounds
Stephen Domingo – guard – 5.6 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.3 rebounds
Bradley Hayes – center – 1.6 minutes, 0 points, 0.3 rebounds
Tyler Adams – center – he continues to be out indefinitely with heart issues
Besides Porter, Georgetown brings back everyone from last year’s senior-less co-Big East champion squad. Starks (senior) made a big jump last year at point guard and will once again be quarterbacking the team. Smith-Rivera had a stellar freshman campaign in which he eventually became a starter. He could be a deadly shooter in the conference moving forward. Hopkins and Lubick (senior) provide great size in the low past and both continue to improve offensively. Lubick is the type of player you enjoy watching for his work ethic. Trawick will supply good depth in the back court while Domingo, who is an excellent shooter for his size, could form into a great wing player. However, the return of Whittington, whose season was cut short after being suspended for academic reasons, could be the most significant. He is a talented player with size who will jump back in to the starting rotation.
Reggie Cameron – 6-foot-7 Power Forward
ESPN’s 63rd ranked player and 16th PF
Rival.com’s 88th ranked player and 16th PF
Josh Smith – 6-foot-10 center – transferred from UCLA
ESPN’s 20th ranked recruit in the class of 2010 and 2nd ranked center, Smith dealt with weight issues during his time as a Bruin. If John Thompson III can kick him into shape he could be the difference maker in Georgetown repeating as Big East champs. He has an immense amount of potential, but work needs to be done for it to be unlocked. Smith is expected to become eligible in mid-December.
Probable starting lineup:
Markel Starks, PG
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, G
Nate Lubick, F
Greg Whittington, F
Mikael Hopkins, C
Even without the return of Porter, this is a very talented Georgetown team that should compete for a Big East championship. Starks could be the best point guard in the conference, ‘DSR’ could become commonly heard initials for his shooting prowess, and the return of Whittington should help ease the blow of Porter’s departure. Also, per usual with most Georgetown teams, the front court is loaded with size and talent. And the potential of Smith emerging as a significant contributor could be the wild card. This roster will be more experienced than last year’s squad (the Hoyas are going from 0 to 3 seniors (Starks, Lubick and Ayegba) while only losing one significant contributor) and has the potential to be more talented than last year’s. JTIII will be excited about entering the season with this team.
Check back throughout the week for a closer look at Georgetown’s newcomers.