A few season previews have popped up for the Georgetown Hoyas ahead of opening night on Wednesday, but since this humble blog contributor does not want to jinx a COVID-19 shutdown for GU, sharing these may be all the previews that we get on the global phenomenon known as Casual Hoya.
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As young as the current Georgetown team is, they will look to lean on the limited veteran presence they have on the roster to fill out their starting lineup. According to Rotowire, the projected starting lineup for the Hoyas, is as follows: Jalen Harris (G), Don Carey (G), Jahvon Blair (SF), Jamorko Pickett (PF), and Qudus Wahab (C).
The backcourt will be manned by two proven guards who have shown they can contribute at the college level. Harris played two years at Arkansas and was featured as their 6th man in the previous season. A steady hand in the backcourt, Harris was relegated to a bench role in his second season with the Razorbacks.
Despite this, Harris has a proven track record of being able to command the offense for 30+ minutes a game as he was the starter for all 34 of Arkansas games during the 18-19 season. With this experience running the offense the Hoyas can hope to mitigate turnovers and play team basketball with no true star in their starting lineup.
The full @Hoyas247 season preview for the upcoming @GeorgetownHoops season is here, and it's glorious.— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) November 20, 2020
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With a young team and very low expectations, the focus this season will be on seeing encouraging development out of Georgetown’s young newcomers, while hoping familiar faces like Jamorko Pickett, Jahvon Blair, and Qudus Wahab, along with experienced transfers Jalen Harris, Chudier Bile, and Don Carey will step up and help this team finish higher than their #11 ranking in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Another thing that is independent of the overall record of the team this year, is seeing improvement on the defensive side. Ewing’s teams in his first three years have struggled mightily on defense, with the Hoyas finishing last in the Big East last season alone in field goal percentage allowed and three-point field goal percentage allowed, which led to their scoring defense finishing seventh in the conference at 75.2 points per game.
Updated 2021 #BIGEASThoops kenpom rankings (corrected)— Big East Time (@BigEastTimeRTT) November 19, 2020
(50) Seton Hall
(65) Xavier @Danagardens
(71) St. John’s
(86) Georgetown https://t.co/tEw6HE2EkF
On Nov. 11, Ryan Mutombo, Tyler Beard, Jordan Riley and Jalin Billingsley signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Georgetown in 2021. Mutombo is a four-star recruit, Beard, Billingsley and Riley are three stars and the collective recruiting class is the 22nd best in the country, according to 247 Sports.
This makes the 2021 class Head Coach Patrick Ewing’s (COL ’85) most highly ranked in his four years leading the program. Expectations are high for the group, but if their high school tapes are any indicator, Mutombo, Beard, Riley and Billingsley will be ready to rise to the occasion.
DePaul pauses all team activities, Creighton withdraws from Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, due to COVID-19 https://t.co/L5V9HeXeuz— Big East Coast Bias (@becb_sbn) November 19, 2020
On Thursday afternoon, two separate Big East programs announced that they were dealing with COVID outbreaks and would be cancelling early season games. First, the DePaul Blue Demons announced their games on November 25, November 28, and December 1 would not be played due to COVID. DePaul did not release the number of athletes affected, nor the names, citing privacy reasons.
PRESEASON PREVIEW: Like many other programs across the country, Georgetown will begin this season without fans in the stands. Could these unprecedented circumstances actually give the Hoyas a leg up on their conference competition?https://t.co/foKG9ve5S7— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) November 19, 2020
Ever since Jamorko Pickett arrived on the Hilltop back in 2017, fans have been awaiting the day he combines his absurd length and athleticism with aggressiveness and spot-up shooting. Pickett showed flashes of greatness this past year, and with control of this year’s Hoyas, it’s his team to lead. Pickett will need to take over a more emphatic, Jagan Mosely-esque role on the court with fire and energy to will Georgetown in a tough Big East. He and Jahvon Blair must improve their levels of consistency if the Hoyas are to have any success on the court this season. With the presence of Jamari Sibley, a consensus top-150 recruit in the nation, knocking on Pickett’s back door, it’ll be up to the senior to take a leadership role and prepare the talented freshman for the season.
A graduate transfer from Arkansas, Jalen Harris is expected to enter the program as this year’s Terrell Allen: a veteran presence in the locker room, a high IQ player, and someone who can groom incoming freshman Dante Harris for his future role as the leader of the Hoyas’ backcourt.
A 10-time winner of the Big East regular season championship, Georgetown remains a program with massive national appeal thanks to what John Thompson Jr. built it up to be, which was a highly respected, highly intimidating, irrepressibly proud style of basketball dubbed “Hoya Paranoia.” Georgetown won just one title, in 1984, but from 1982-1987 it was one of the best teams college basketball had to offer.
Your consensus All-Americans to come out of Georgetown: Sleepy Floyd, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Otto Porter Jr. Other greats include Dikembe Mutombo, Mike Sweetney, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. Few schools have had as many great college big men as Georgetown.