#70 Georgetown Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Georgetown Hoyas
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #70
Conference Rank: #7 Big East
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Georgetown struggled during Coach Patrick Ewing’s first year leading the program. They finished 15-15 overall and went just 5-13 in Big East action. That was about what most expected from the Hoyas, but there were a lot of very close losses and this group was not far off from a much more respectable record. The loss of Marcus Derrickson to the NBA after his junior year is a tough pill to swallow, but this group should still be quite a bit better than they were last year.
2017-18 Record: 15-15, 5-13
2017-18 Postseason: None
Coach: Patrick Ewing
Coach Record: 15-15 at Georgetown, 15-15 overall
Key Departed Players:
Marcus Derrickson, Forward, 15.9 ppg
Jonathan Mulmore, Guard, 5.6 ppg
Trey Dickerson, Guard, 4.4 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Jessie Govan, Senior, Center, 17.9 ppg
Jamorko Pickett, Sophomore, Guard, 9.6 ppg
Kaleb Johnson, Senior, Guard/Forward, 7.9 ppg
Jahvon Blair, Sophomore, Guard, 9.0 ppg
Jagan Mosely, Junior, Guard, 6.6 ppg
Antwan Walker, Sophomore, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Key New Players:
James Akinjo, Freshman, Guard
Grayson Carter, Freshman, Forward
Josh LeBlanc, Freshman, Forward
Greg Malinowski, Senior, Guard, Transfer from William & Mary
Matthew McClung, Freshman, Guard
Omer Yurtseven, Freshman, Center
Senior center Jessie Govan is the clear star of this team. Last year he averaged 17.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He can stretch the defense with his shooting and is a beast in the paint on both ends of the floor. The question now is who can emerge as a secondary scorer to Govan? Jamorko Pickett is an option after averaging 9.6 points as a freshman. Pickett knocked down a team high 56 three-pointers. Fellow freshman Jahvon Blair was not far behind in the outside shooting department. Both need to be more consistent, but with that year of experience under their belt, they should be much more consistent. With Kaleb Johnson, Jagan Mosely and a few talented newcomers, Coach Ewing does have options. Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo are the best of the five incoming freshmen and William & Mary transfer Greg Malinowski has the capability to at least add experience off the bench. If all those pieces come together, Georgetown could have a surprisingly good season and work their way towards the middle of the Big East pecking order.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 78.3 (63rd in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 76.5 (279, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.4 (140, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.9 (182, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.5 (179, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.6 (94, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 77.5 (16, 5)
Rebound Margin: 4.7 (46, 2)
Assists Per Game: 17.4 (9, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.3 (333, 10)

Madness 2018 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#93 Josh LeBlanc
#95 James Akinjo