As the title implies we will be taking a look at our Big East opponents and what they will be looking like heading into the coming season.
Georgetown looked like they could be decent las season. Thier best players were only sophomores and there was enought talent to make the case that they could get an at-large bid. The non-conference was far from loaded but G’Town picked up a couple decent wins and their loss to UNC Greensboro was the only black mark. For a myriad of reasons that we just won’t get into, a lot of G’Town players were invited to leave and this left the team lacking in depth and pushed a lot of role players into palying 30+ minutes per game. Mac McClung and Omer Yertseven were clearly the two best player but they battled injuries all year as Georgetown’s season spiralled out of control. Despite all of this, Georgetown stayed relatively competitive through Big East games, but would inevitably run out of gas and fall away late in games. This trend landed Georgetown at 15-17 to end the season. A season that could have been a breakthrough fell completely flat.
Georgetown doesn’t return a whole lot to a team that had no depth last season. Mac McClung and Omer Yertseven were the two leading scorers for the Hoyas last season and both have moved on. Terrell Allen and Jagan Mosely were both thrust into larger roles after last year’s fiasco and both performed well before running out of gas in their senior season.
The key returners for Georgetown bring a few different looks to the team. Jahvon Blair led the team in three-point makes and attempts but only shot 33%. Jamorko Pickett is the best returning rebounder and also scored in double figures. Pickett shot well from the line and nowhere else but does have 3 years of college experience and mixes it up well inside. Qudus Wahab was yet another player forced into larger playing time and he responded relatively well. He had the freshman struggles but started to put it together and showed his ability to be a force in the post while rebounding at a high rate.
Coach Ewing landed a couple transfers to help fill out his squad. Chudier Bile joins from Northwestern State where he averaged 14ppg and 7rpg and shot well from just about everywhere. Bile wil give the Hoyas another layer on offense since he is a do-it-all wing. Jalen Harris comes in from Arkansas where he came off the bench as a guard who didn’t turn the ball over much but didn’t light it up. Once again, more depth isn’t a bad thing for the Hoyas. The biggest freshman recruit is 4 star power forward Jamari Sibley. Sibley is a long and athletic stretch 4 who doesn’t operate as much in the paint. Kobe Clark and Dante Harris join Sibley in this recruiting class. Clark plays as shooting guard and Harris plays the point. Both will probably feature off the bench.
Georgetown had a rough season and then lost their best two players as well as the guys who played the most minutes. Pickett, Blair and Wahab are the returning core and all can certainly perform well against Big East competition. Bile and Harris will probably round out the starting five and should perform well within their respective roles. The incoming freshman and the other returners will add more depth but may not feature much beyond spelling the starters. All in all, Georgetown probably won’t have the depth or the quality to make it out of the basement of the Big East, but they will still have enough to surprise a few teams.