So it’s late October, with games expected to start November 25, and the Georgetown Hoyas have finally released their roster.
Finally got a chance to check out the Georgetown Hoyas’ “official” roster. No surprises, no new coaches. One month until season start. Next website update should be the schedule... https://t.co/OpPetKDTSG pic.twitter.com/FdxaUgxqSQ— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) October 26, 2020
Also, with the birthday of 6’10” freshman forward and number 55, Victor Muresan, a closer look at the jerseys appears to reveal a faint hint of kente...
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Bringing Harris in is a little bit of an unknown. The 6-foot-2 guard has never had a stable contribution to either of his two previous teams. His minutes were limited and actually saw his time on the floor decrease this past season. Assuming Harris starts, it will be the first time that anybody has seen him with that much responsibility at the college level. He was recruited as a point guard and could very well take that role over Blair.
There may be some growing pains for the backcourt this year, especially as it may take longer for chemistry to develop. There’s no clear guy who has a path to be the starting PG. Both guys, however, will be afforded their best and last chance to prove themselves.
Blair, Pickett, and Wahab are a perfectly competent group to start a roster with. Can one of them turn into a reliable every game scorer? Blair and Pickett both averaged over 10 points per game last season, but Blair can not shoot under 33% on more than six threes a game again like he did a year ago. Chudier Bile seems to be an athletic type of player, which is probably helpful, but the Big East is a long way from the Southland Conference. Jalen Harris is probably going to be the starting point guard right out of the gate, but that 27% turnover rate last season in Fayetteville should probably terrify the hell out of our friends at Casual Hoya.
Marquette was recruiting Jamari Sibley for a hot minute when he was still at Nicolet in the Milwaukee suburbs, so I’m going to presume that his worst case scenario is “competent Big East player.” I don’t know if that includes “can play 15+ solid minutes a night as a freshman.” He’s probably going to have to do that, so being ready to do it doesn’t really have much to do with what the Hoyas need from him right now.
Here’s the nicest thing I can say about Georgetown’s upcoming season: It will give us a fantastic opportunity to see how good of a coach Patrick Ewing actually is.
Sources: As roadblocks continue to mount for college basketball's non-conference schedule, several league administrators feel there would have been a greater chance at successfully completing a season if teams played a "league only" schedule.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 25, 2020
Back in September, the NCAA authorized eight hours of on-court practice a week starting Sept. 21 and allowed full official practices to begin Oct. 14 without the eight-hour limit. There hasn’t been much information released publicly from Georgetown regarding the timeline and status of official practices on campus, but the entire team does seem to be back on the Hilltop, even as most of the student body remains at home. This raises questions about whether other Georgetown student athletes will make it back onto campus as winter sports begin play over the next few months. The six weeks of practice time are especially important for Georgetown basketball this year.
There are an unprecedented nine newcomers to the Hoyas out of a 15-player roster. Incoming transfers include Chudier Bile, Don Carey and Jalen Harris, and freshmen include Collin Holloway, Dante Harris, Jamari Sibley, Kobe Clark, T.J. Berger and Victor Muresan.
It is crucial that the team develops some chemistry before the start of the season if they expect to compete in what looks to be a solid Big East conference. If all goes according to plan, the team will benefit from the leadership of seniors Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett and graduate transfers Bile, Carey and Jalen Harris. This will hopefully result in a Hoya team that is measured and disciplined on both ends of the floor. Pickett and Blair are likely to take on increased offensive roles as they bridge the gap between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 teams.
STORY: Jakob Levin looks at sophomore center Malcolm Wilson's goals and duties in being an advocate for student-athletes across the nation. https://t.co/zycC0LRqXE— Voice Sports (@GUVoiceSports) October 24, 2020
“I think that this role really works into that, because I’m doing more than just being a basketball player,” Wilson said. “I’m really trying to get involved within the group on campus, but also other people, I’m going to do my best to represent them too.” This vision of basketball as more than just a contest or box score clearly demonstrates how Thompson’s legacy reverberates through the program and connects to the broader empowerment of athletes today.
On a personal level, Wilson’s participation in these leadership roles also fulfills Georgetown basketball’s commitment to excellence and personal development. Hailing back to Coach Thompson, Hoyas were defined by rigid academics as well as athletic standards. This idea is also integral to the SAAC’s mission, which includes the notion that the student athlete experience should include a genuine commitment to personal and leadership development.
@montague210 interview out now— Zach “ ” Schumaker (@_SchuZ_) October 23, 2020
- Expectations for #Georgetown 2021 class ft. @RyanMutombo @tylerbeard24 @JalinBillingsl1
- Relationship with @CoachEwing33
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Interview: https://t.co/a4jUsvRCmO pic.twitter.com/k89VSXaZHr
Though he stands out on the court as a talented prodigy, scouting reports on Mutombo indicate he still needs to add weight and muscle to fill out his 6-foot-11 frame. As a second-generation player, Mutombo has a high basketball IQ and court vision as a big man. He has also expressed an intention to expand his shooting range beyond the arc.
Joining the Hoyas program, Mutombo adds the cast of Tyler Beard, Jordan Riley, and Jalin Billingsley as fresh faces to join the Georgetown Basketball program in 2021.
Jordan Riley Brentwood NY, class of 2021 Georgetown commit dropped 47 points this past weekend in Gauchos league against Diallo Elite! @montague210 @GtownRecruiting @GeorgetownHoops @Hoyas247 @CasualHoya @officialmutombo @ParanoiaHoya pic.twitter.com/R4giZXmzEn— LI Sports Fanatic ⚾️ (@LIBasketball23) October 23, 2020