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Next Season: Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios

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Rather than dwell on the past, let's take a look at what next season's best case and worst case scenarios might be with the current roster.  We'll update this with the incoming freshman class once we're able to get a look at them in Kenner League.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

Best Case: One of the most consistently good players in the III era returns Georgetown to the second weekend of the tournament, hitting big shots throughout the season. DSR wins Big East POY and is an All American. DSR leaves the Hilltop as perhaps, the best point guard to play under JTIII. The Phonebooth chants D-S-R just like Redskins fans used to chant R-G-3.

Worst Case: DSR tries to do too much, often resorting to hero-ball late in games. He is a high-volume scorer on a bubble team. He has an inexplicably Jessie Sapp-esque senior year regression that leaves the fan base scratching its head. This will not happen. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN.

Bradley Hayes

Best Case: To everyone's surprise, Hayes becomes Henry Sims Lite. One of the most forgettable Hoyas for the first few years of his career, Hayes establishes himself as the starting center. He is a presence on defense, he finishes around the hoop, and he throws pinpoint passes from the foul line to cutters. Hayes' career becomes a point of contention within the fan base, as some fans claim that, all along, they knew the guy had talent! (These people are trolls and you should ignore them.) He becomes the savior down low that we needed, but not the one that we deserved.

Worst Case: Jessie Govan steps onto the Hilltop and wins the starting center job in a landslide. Hayes receives minimal time, and his production doesn't approach what he did against Eastern Washington. For the rest of eternity, whenever a Hoya fan mentions Bradley Hayes, it's accompanied by, "Remember that time Brad Hayes saved us against Eastern Washington in the first round of the tournament?!"

Reggie Cameron

Best Case: On a team short on shooters, Cameron becomes the bona fide marksman from deep. He is a serviceable player in the rotation, who turns into a less athletic, worse defensive version of Darrel Owens, who hits some big shots. He also uses his size to get more involved on the glass.

Worst Case: Struggling to crack the rotation, Cameron transfers, becomes the go-to-guy on a mid-major that Georgetown faces in the first round of the tournament in two years, and Cameron lights it up. The fan base explodes.

Trey Mourning:

Best Case: I mean, isn't it obvious?

More likely, Mourning actually gets some time, due to a thin frontline. He is able to spell Hayes and Govan at the end of first halves, and has some Zo-esque rejections.

Worst Case: Mourning hardly ever plays and people eventually forget he's related to his dad.


Isaac Copeland

Best Case: The most intriguing player on the roster, Copeland is the Robin to DSR's Batman. A bulked up Copeland has an Otto-like freshman-to-sophomore year progression. He is the toughest matchup on the roster, and he turns into an Otto-Summers-Green-Whittington-Brandon Bowman hybrid. He is first team All Big East and he soars into the first round of NBA draft boards. He goes pro after the season. Wait, is this best or worst case scenario?

Worst Case: He forgets how athletic he is, and falls in love with shooting threes, a la Dajuan Summers. And he is a Hollis Thompson-esque rebounder. The hype train is a year early, and his sophomore campaign leaves fans unsure whether Copeland really is a future pro or not.


L.J. Peak

Best Case: Peak spends his summer shooting approximately 5,000 jump shots per day. He blossoms into a legitimate 15 point per game scorer, and is an all-conference player. Peak shows shades of Austin Freeman, and has an uncanny ability in the mid-range, and Peak develops a perimeter shot like Freeman.

Worst Case: Peak shows shades of Freeman, as fans are confused whether he's supposed to be a hefty guard, or if he's just out of shape. Peak improves his 25% clip from behind the arc just enough that he becomes a Level 10 Black Hole on offense, being the last guy to touch the ball on offense more often than not.


Tre Campbell

Best Case: Somehow the forgotten freshman of the 2014 class, Campbell seizes the starting job at point guard, moving DSR to his natural position off the ball. Campbell is the second best shooter on the team, and one the few reliable ball handlers. He fulfills the Jabril role, and has a Jessie Sapp type of mean streak to his demeanor.

Worst Case: Campbell continues to get way fewer minutes than he deserves. With DSR and Peak starting in the backcourt, Campbell only plays around half of the game. He suffers from Vee Sanford disease, inexplicably receiving too little tick, despite always looking pretty good when he's on the floor. This better not happen. I'm rioting if this happens.


Paul White

Best Case: The ultimate team-first glue guy, White bulks up, his handle, and jumper. So, like everything. But really, he is able to bang down low more reliably, and he is more skilled than most guys his size. White is able to bring the ball up court when need be. He plays the forward in small-ball lineups. Some fans even begin to whisper that if you squint really closely, and catch White at just the right time, he kind of looks like Otto doing a little bit of everything.

Worst Case: White still gets pushed around on the block. He's a rotation player, who is not bad at anything, but isn't really good at anything either. He's an okay shooter, who could be better on the boards, and his lack of athleticism caps his potential.


David Allen

Best Case: A la John Caprio, Allen goes from walk-on to actual contributor.

Worst Case: Allen is legitimately in the rotation because the backcourt is so thin.


Riyan Williams

Best Case: It is Riyan Williams, not DSR, who has the heralded senior year on the Hilltop, as Williams leads a team dubbed "Riyan and the Miracles" to the Elite Eight.

Worst Case: "Riyan and the Miracles" never happens.