As the season inches closer with every passing day, our friends at Rush The Court have broken down the nation's best impact players by geogrpahical region.
In the South Atlantic Region, Georgetown's very own Greg Monroe made its First Team, while Chris Wright earned an Honorable Mention nod.
- Greg Monroe, Soph, C – Georgetown. Teaming up with fellow Hoya guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, lengthy 6’11 sophomore center Greg Monroe has a chance to erase last year’s collapse from the minds of the Georgetown faithful. Or at least heal the wounds. A top-ten ranked team following a late December win at future Final Four participant Connecticut, a contest in which Monroe tallied 16 points on an efficient 6/10 from the floor, it appeared Hoyas headman John Thompson, III, had plans for another deep run in March. Instead, his team fell apart, losing seven of eight in the height of conference play, including two losses to Cincinnati and two more to St. John’s at various points in the season. While ineffective guard play and a letdown year defensively played key roles into the collapse, the over-reliance on the freshman Monroe also factored into the spiral, the length of his first college schedule and an overwhelming sense of pressure to carry the Hoyas as a rookie, understandably, a bit too much to handle. In his second full season and with a skill set that leaves NBA scouts drooling, Monroe has the chance to carry Georgetown to redemption. His all-around repertoire for a big man is enviable from his tremendous versatility and passing ability in the post to running the floor with guards and utilizing his rare length to snatch rebounds over smaller opponents. Reports also indicate Monroe has bulked up over the summer while becoming more comfortable scoring with either hand. Following a 17-shot performance at Notre Dame on January 5, Monroe did not attempt more than 12 shots in a game the rest of the season, leading many Georgetown fans to hope Monroe learns when to use his supreme talent to take over games while at the same time continuing the stunningly efficient play (57% FG) of his freshman season. The sophomore campaign could spell an epic turnaround for Monroe, Thompson and Georgetown in the Big East.
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