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Hoyas will need Jabril's Philly toughness in rugged Big East
Our award-winning Player Profiles series continues with a look at the sophomores, starting with combo guard Jabril Trawick.
Jabril played in 18 games last season for the Hoyas and in nearly 14 minutes per game he scored an average of 3.8 points and grabbed 1.56 rebounds. Trawick is an interesting player for the Hoyas because he gives the Hoyas a different look on both sides of the ball. His tough slashing attacking game is something the Hoyas don't often use as a part of the Princeton offense, but it's great for when the offense stagnates as the Hoyas saw last season when Jason Clark was needed to create shots on his own. With the departure of Clark and plenty of minutes now available at the shooting guard position, Jabril has an opportunity to become a major contributor for this team. His tenaciousness and hustle has already made him a fan favorite and he will be a cornerstone of Georgetown's lockdown defense
Outlook for This Season:
Best Case Scenario:
Jabril and his tough-nosed approach earns himself minutes as Georgetown's first option off the bench at both guard positions. As the season progresses, JT3 gives Trawick a chance to start at either position and Jabril seizes the opportunity, creating matchup problems for opponents and giving the Hoyas an physical edge they have lacked in years past. He embraces his fan favorite status and becomes the heart and soul of the team for the remainder of his college career on the Hilltop.
Worst Case Scenario:
Greg Whittington becomes entrenched as the starting shooting guard and as Georgetown's offense struggles to score, Jabril is passed over as the first option off the bench by freshman D'Vauntes Smith Rivera. Trawick sees his minutes decline and rather than toil behind Markel Starks, Whittington and DSR for the next year and beyond, whispers of him becoming a transfer candidate horrify the legion of Hoyas fans that have embraced him thus far and set off a nuclear meltdown on the message boards on which you cannot speculate about such things.
As noted above, everyone loves Jabril's drive and intensity. The key for Trawick will be playing within both himself and Georgetown's team system. Over the summer and into the recent practice sessions Trawick has been working on his point guard skills (particularly his ability to dribble and distribute) and it appears as if he'll be the backup point guard to Markel Starks. Though his shot is inconsistent and super quick guards tend to give him trouble, when he's on the floor he creates matchup problems for smaller guards as he's able to take those guards into the post and use his strength against them. Jabril will see increased playing time this season as a part of Georgetown's four guard rotation - it's just a matter of where he fits into the rotation and how many minutes he sees.