#78 Georgetown Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Georgetown Hoyas
2020-2021 Overall Rank: #78
Conference Rank: #10 Big East
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Georgetown entered last season with NCAA Tournament aspirations but an early season off-court issue that led to multiple rotation players leaving the program set the Hoyas back. On top of those players leaving Georgetown, stars Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven both missed time throughout the season due to injury. These issues led to another sub 20-win season and a fifth consecutive year of not being an NCAA Tournament caliber team. Only two double-digit scorers return from last season and several newcomers will be heavily relied on for Georgetown in 2020-21.
2019-20 Record: 15-17, 5-13
Coach: Patrick Ewing
Coach Record: 49-46 at Georgetown, 49-46 overall
Key Departed Players:
Max McClung, Guard, 15.7 ppg

Omer Yurtseven, Forward, 15.5 ppg
James Akinjo, Guard, 13.4 ppg
Terrell Allen, Guard, 9.5 ppg
Jagan Mosely, Guard, 8.2 ppg

Key Returning Players:
Jahvon Blair, Senior, Guard, 10.8 ppg

Jamorko Pickett, Senior, Forward, 10.2 ppg
Qudus Wahab, Sophomore, Forward, 5.5 ppg
Timothy Ighoefe, Sophomore, Forward, 2.5 ppg
Malcolm Wilson, Sophomore, Center, DNP Last Season
Key New Players:
T.J. Berger, Freshman, Guard
Chudier Bile, Senior, Forward, Grad Transfer from Northwestern State
Donald Carey, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Siena
Kobe Clark, Freshman, Guard
Dante Harris, Freshman, Guard
Jalen Harris, Senior, Guard, Grad Transfer from Arkansas
Collin Holloway, Freshman, Forward
Jamari Sibley, Freshman, Forward
Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett are the only two players who averaged north of six points per game returning for the Hoyas. As a junior, Blair averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Pickett, also a junior last year, averaged 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Both players were strong complimentary players to McClung and Yurtseven, but with those guys departed the two seniors must step up a level in their final season at Georgetown. The only other full-time rotation player returning is Qudus Wahab. Wahab played in all 32 games as a freshman, averaging 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game. Wahab is the favorite to step into Yurtseven’s role as the go-to big man. The final two returners are Timothy Ighoefe, who played in just 12 games last season, and Malcolm Wilson, who didn’t see the floor at all as a freshman. With such little returning production, Patrick Ewing went out and brought in three transfers for this season. Chudier Bile is a former JuCo player who spent last season at Northwestern State. Bile earned All-Southland honors behind 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks. Jalen Harris is a grad transfer who spent the last two seasons at Arkansas. As a sophomore, Harris started 34 games and averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 assists, but his minutes and production dropped as a junior. Donald Carey is technically a graduate transfer as well, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining. Carey spent last season at Siena where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals. The trio of graduate transfers will immediately boost Georgetown’s depth and experience, which were much needed. Ewing also brings in five freshmen, including four-star forward Jamari Sibley. If Georgetown can maintain a full and healthy roster this season, their success should improve from last year. However, with so much production gone and so many new players to rely on after this unique offseason, it doesn’t appear likely the Hoyas will be headed back to NCAA Tournament just yet.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.7 (82nd in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 73.9 (286, 10)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.7 (175, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.2 (197, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.4 (254, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.6 (108, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 77.1 (13, 1)
Rebound Margin: 3.1 (85, 4)
Assists Per Game: 15.0 (34, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.5 (208, 7)
Madness 2020 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#105 Jamari Sibley