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JT3 Gives Insight into 2013-2014 Hoyas

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Mr. Rothstein Goes to Washington, Vol. II.

The best backcourt in the Big East?
The best backcourt in the Big East?
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Your Georgetown Hoyas have begun practice a bit earlier than usual this year, in line with new flexibility afforded by the NCAA. As they prepare for their November 8 season opener against Oregon, the Hoyas have attracted a bit of media attention.

The most recent visitor is Jon Rothstein, who trekked to the Hilltop yesterday. For the uninitiated, Rothstein is a hard-working college hoops personality, well known for his optimistic projections, his appetite for Italian food, and his rote daily quotations. While his quirks have inspired two fake twitter accounts, he also has spent time covering the Hoyas and even has been a good-natured contributor to this lunch blog.

So what did Rothstein learn about our Hoyas yesterday?

What's up with Greg Whittington?

The headline certainly was the following:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on if Greg Whittington will play this year &quot;We&#39;re not planning on it. We&#39;re preparing as if Greg won&#39;t play this year.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385137052519370752">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Of course, that's not exactly news, as Greg Whittington tore his ACL in June and was not expected to be back this season. Also, the exact quote--"We're not planning on it. We're preparing as if Greg will not play."--doesn't exactly say much, in true JT3 fashion. Thompson said that the Hoyas aren't planning on or preparing for Whittington's return, and nothing about the probability of Greg coming back. That could say as much about the Hoyas' mentality entering the season as Whittington's medical condition.

In an interview with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, posted today, Thompson reinforced this point, stating: "I'm going to prepare as though he's not coming back, because it's easier that way. But we don't know at this point. Right now his rehab is going well and the doctors are saying he's ahead of schedule." Regardless, Whittington's injury and its timing suggests that JT3's plans and preparations are the right ones.

JT3's Thoughts, Non-Whittington Edition

Moving on to other topics, JT3 had the following assessments of this year's cast:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Georgetown &quot;I know we&#39;re going to guard. I think our offense will find its way. We&#39;ve got a lot of guys with experience.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385137241862856704">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on D&#39;Vauntes Smith-Rivera &quot;I expect him to make a big jump. He&#39;s in much better shape than he was in a year ago.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385137479277228032">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Nate Lubick &quot;One of his responsibilities is going to be to get other people baskets. We need him to facilitate.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385137653034659840">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Josh Smith &quot;He&#39;s picked up everything conceptually very quickly. He&#39;s a much better passer than I thought.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385137814775422976">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Georgetown&#39;s front court &quot;Nate Lubick, Mikael Hopkins, + Moses Ayegba have all played in big spots. They&#39;re tested.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385138027057532928">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Reggie Cameron &quot;He&#39;s made a commitment to improve his body. It&#39;s noticeable.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385138352116088832">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>JT3 on Aaron Bowen &quot;He should take a step forward offensively this year.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385138806711529472">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Good stuff! Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, poised for a big sophomore jump, is looking lean and mean, while freshman Reggie Cameron, he of the smooth shooting stroke but questionable strength and athleticism, is whipping himself into shape as well. Josh Smith will be a force in the middle WHENEVER HE'S ELIGIBLE, Nate Lubick will be a veteran distributor, and Aaron Bowen might do something more than inspire the occasional gif.

JT3 notably did not answer the following questions: WHEN IS JOSH SMITH GOING TO BE ELIGIBLE? WHO IS GOING TO PLAY SMALL FORWARD?; ARE WE GOING TO GET A 2014 CENTER?; WHY IS MY CAPS LOCK STUCK ON?; WHEN WILL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE UP AND RUNNING?

Jon Rothstein's Thoughts, Non-Italian Food Edition

Having watched the Hoyas practiced, Rothstein also chipped in a few of his thoughts on the Hoyas. In short, DSR and Smith both look great; Jabril Trawick will be the team's starting small forward; Reggie Cameron's shot is smoother than Smoove B; and the Hoyas better not overlook their less-touted non-conference opponents.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Early prediction on Georgetown starting five -- Markel Starks, D&#39;Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Jabril Trawick, Nate Lubick, Mikael Hopkins....</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385154909693177856">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>As of now, Georgetown has the best back court in the Big East. Triumvirate of Starks, Smith-Rivera, + Trawick is proven. And they all guard.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385155558010941440">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Have to put D&#39;Vauntes Smith-Rivera on the national breakout list. Should lead Georgetown in scoring. Down 15-20 pounds since last year.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385154727979122688">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>When Josh Smith is eligible, Georgetown will have four solid veteran bigs. Smith, Mikael Hopkins, Nate Lubick, Moses Ayegba.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385154503042793472">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So much Brian Scalabrine in Nate Lubick....</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385154307449835520">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Josh Smith&#39;s overall skill level is incredible considering his size. Can really pass + dribble for a 6-10 guy. Moving well right now.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385154246879879169">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>There&#39;s one way describe Reggie Cameron&#39;s ability to shoot 3&#39;s - EFFORTLESS. Deep range with accuracy. But will he be able to guard?</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385155274631172096">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A big key for Georgetown this season? Getting offensive production from either Reggie Cameron or Stephen Domingo off the bench. X-Factor.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385155743562747904">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Two underrated games on Georgetown&#39;s schedule. Wright State on 11/13 and Elon on 12/17. Both could make the NCAA Tournament.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/statuses/385156317037359104">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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All in all, not much new here, but good to hear Rothstein's typically upbeat take on Georgetown. Next stop, Capitol Hill, where he'll live-tweet his way to bipartisan harmony.