Georgetown Hoyas 2013-2014 College Basketball Preview
Georgetown Hoyas - Big East Conference
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After relying on the length and skill of Otto Porter last season, the Hoyas will turn to their returning backcourt to carry the load and hope the arrival of a strong post transfer helps solidify the team's frontcourt.
Backcourt: The Hoya guards have been solid for years, but their success has often been via the dominant force they often employ in the post. With some post questions yet to be answered, the Hoyas will need strong contributions from its hot shooting guards. Markel Starks will run the offense and is arguably the top returning point guard in the conference (12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg). Hot shooting reserve D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will slide into the starting lineup and is expected to be one of the league's leading scorers this season after averaging 9 ppg off the bench in 20 minutes per game last year. Both Aaron Bowen and Jabril Trawick should provide quality depth in back up roles off the bench.
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Frontcourt: Georgetown has featured a pretty solid front line for the past 5-6 years now and this year will be the first year where some questions remain as the season gets underway. In addition to losing Otto Porter to the NBA draft, Georgetown lost lengthy swing man Greg Whittington to injury this season as well. The Hoyas will need a significant increase in consistency and production from Moses Ayegba and Mikeal Hopkins this season. The wild card and most important key to the Hoyas season rests on the shoulders of UCLA transfer Josh Smith. The highly touted center never lived up to his hype at UCLA, but often showed flashes of greatness. If he buys in and remains in shape, the Hoyas could be a big surprise this year on the national front.
Outlook: Plenty talent and skill exists on this roster for the Hoyas to be successful. Their offense keeps them in most games given the pace of it and the length and athleticism remains on this team for John Thompson III to ramp up the defensive pressure as Georgetown usually does. If Smith can provide the boost up front, the Hoyas have the pieces to challenge for the conference title.