It's been awhile but it looks like this week a Hoya will earn BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was the last Georgetown player to pick up the award nearly two years ago on Feb 25, 2013 after going for what still is a career-high 33 points against DePaul.
Isaac Copeland's two 17-point outings this week in wins over No. 4 Villanova and then Marquette will surely be enough. Not only did Copeland set and then match his career high in back to back games be he did so shooting a combined 12-of-19 (63 percent) from the field while grabbing six rebounds in each victory. Copeland set a new career high with four assists as Georgetown picked up just the second away win in program history at Marquette.
The silky smooth 6-foot-9 forward from Raleigh has really stepped up his game the past few weeks as the Hoyas have now won four straight conference games for the first time in two seasons. The funny thing about Copeland's increased role on the team is that you could see it coming in the first half of that absolutely forgettable loss at Providence. Copeland pulled down four boards in ten first half minutes while getting himself two nice shots against the zone that just didn't fall. For whatever he didn't go back in after halftime but it looks as though he's here to stay as an impact player as his minutes have increased in each of the last four games including yesterday's 39 minute outing.
Hopefully Georgetown can begin to rack up the Rookie of the Week honors and loosen the stranglehold that Seton Hall has had with Isaiah Whitehead, Angel Delgado, and Khadeem Carrington each claiming the award twice this season.
Between Paul White, L.J. Peak, and Tre Campbell, there should be another award or two out there this season for the Hoyas. That is unless Copeland doesn't just make the award his from now on. That's also something I would be fine with.