#36 Georgetown Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preview

Georgetown Hoyas

2013-2014 Overall Rank: #36
Conference Rank:  #4 Big East

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John Thompson III once again led the Hoyas through the belly of the beast in the Big East to finish second, tied for the best conference record.  They are a scrappy team that plays extremely tough defense.  The Princeton offense has worked well under JTIII.  He keeps very good, smart athletes on the floor that run his system very well.  It did not hurt that they boasted the conference player of the year in Otto Porter, Jr.  Porter, the third overall NBA draft pick, was the team’s leading scorer and unquestioned leader.  As he went, the team went.  However, once again for the Hoyas, a disappointing early round exit to a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament tarnished their great season.  The Hoyas will look to rebound in 2013-2014 in the new look Big East Conference.

2012-2013 record:  25-7, 14-4 Big East
2012-2013 postseason:  NCAA
Coach:  John Thompson III
Coach Record:  184-82 at Georgetown, 252-124 overall

Who’s Out:
Losing Otto Porter, Jr. is a huge blow.  He had some incredible games last season that he single-handedly took over for the Hoyas.  In Georgetown’s final game in the Carrier Dome, Porter put up 33 points to silence the Syracuse crowd for one final time.  He was the team’s best three-point shooter and free-throw shooter as well.  That goes to show how much the Hoyas relied on him to make plays.  The other disheartening thing for Georgetown is that Greg Whittington, suspended after 13 games last season due to academic ineligibility, tore his ACL this summer and possibly could miss the entire season.  He is a strong veteran presence.  He was a vital cog in their operation for the coming season.  

Who’s In:
The Hoyas are now an experienced team, but they were so young last year that they only have one recruit for the upcoming season.  Reggie Cameron is a forward from New Jersey.  Cameron is generally considered a top-20 player at his position.  He will be able to soften the blow of the Porter loss as an athletic forward who can space the floor.  Also, look for Moses Ayegba to get some increased playing time.  By the end of last season Ayegba had some stand out games, at least in terms of rebounds, and is a guy who can take up space in the lane.  He is a big body who can man the middle in the absence of Whittington.

Who to Watch:
It could be a breakout year for guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.  He averaged the sixth most minutes last season, increasing as the year went on.  Smith-Rivera is fast and he can handle the ball as well as anybody in the Georgetown backcourt.  He shoots 71 percent from the foul line so he can drive the ball to the hoop and generate offense for the Hoyas.  He and Markel Starks could provide a formidable backcourt in the AAC this year.

Final Projection:
Georgetown should once again be a formidable competitor in college hoops.  In their conference they will certainly be among the top teams.  Just about every player outside of Reggie Cameron has college basketball experience.  John Thompson III will be able to go eight deep with his bench.  If Cameron turns out to be a great player, that gives him some extra versatility.  It will be interesting to watch them playing against teams that are not Syracuse and Notre Dame.  Look for a top-5 finish.

Projected Postseason Tournament:  NCAA

Projected Starting Five:
Markel Starks, Senior, Guard, 12.8 points per game
Nate Lubick, Senior, Forward, 7.1 points per game
Jabril Trawick, Junior, Guard, 5.8 points per game
Mikael Hopkins, Junior, Forward, 5.9 points per game
Moses Ayegba, Senior, Center, 1.3 points per game

By the numbers:
Scoring Offense: 64.7 (245th in nation, 14th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 56.4 (10, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.3 (72, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.8 (5, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.9 (191, 7)  
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.3 (101, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.9 (218, 10)
Rebound Margin: 1.2 (141, 10)
Assists Per Game: 14.8 (42, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.7 (130, 10)

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#87 Reggie Cameron


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