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JT3: "We're expecting Josh to be a part of our program next season"

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A little bit of Hoyas news dropped this afternoon, courtesy of Jon Rothstein.

"We're expecting Josh to be a part of our program next season," Thompson said on Tuesday. "That hasn't changed and what Josh needs to do hasn't changed. It's all about the conditioning."

Smith averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in the games he played for Georgetown last year and would instantly give the Hoyas the type of force they missed in the pivot during Big East play.

With a disappointing 17-14 season behind him, Thompson said he's looking forward to turning the page quickly.

"We just had so much adversity last year," Thompson said. "If you look at us last year at this time, you would think that both Greg Whittington and Josh Smith would be a big part of what we were going to be. Then in the Big East, neither of those guys played." "Then Jabril Trawick broke his jaw. It was one thing after the other. Next year we'll have Jabril back with D'Vauntes [Smith-Rivera] along with Aaron Bowen, Josh [Smith], and also Mikael Hopkins. We've also got several freshman that are going to play right away. Those four first-year guys --- Isaac Copeland, Paul White, L.J. Peak, and Tre Campbell --- are going to be thrown into the fire quickly."

Sounds like JT3 is considering a starting lineup of DSR, Trawick, Bowen, Hopkins and Smith, with the fearsome freshman being mixed in as needed and potentially playing big minutes.