Georgetown coach John Thompson III appeared on "The Tim Brando Show" this morning on Sirius radio and offered up a few intriguing quotes regarding the Hoyas next season in an interview with Jon Rothstein. The highlights are pasted below from Rothstein's twitter feed:
JT3 on Otto Porter "He has the chance to be the best pro I've had bc he does so much. Personally, I think he should go number one."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
JT3 on Otto Porter "He's a lot like Paul George in terms of his versatility on both ends. He can do so many different things out there."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
JT3 on Josh Smith "People have forgotten him because of him. He's going to be one of the best big men in the country next year."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
JT3 on Greg Whittington's injury "We'll find a way without him. We always have."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
JT3 on Georgetown "We're going to have a lot of experience. We're going to lean heavily on our back court."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
JT3 on Reggie Cameron "He's going to be a very good player for us, and all indications are, he already is."— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2013
The most interesting of the above concerns transfer center Josh Smith, whose eligibility for the upcoming season has been a question since he transferred to Georgetown last December. It would seem based on JT3's comments that he expects to have Smith in a Georgetown uniform and making an impact for the Hoyas this season, but whether that will occur in 2013 or in 2014 as "next year" would seem to indicate is still a question until Georgetown hears definitive word from the NCAA regarding his waiver.
The NCAA will rule that Smith will be eligible to play for Georgetown in the second semester of this season (technically next year) OR for the full season in 2014-'15. Since Smith has already sat out a semester and likely has designs of playing in the NBA as soon as possible, I would guess that the second semester of this upcoming season will be his only playing time in Blue and Gray.
Its also good to hear that JT3 is high on incoming freshman Reggie Cameron, who seems primed to push for minutes along with sophomore Stephen Domingo at the small forward spot.