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Big East Preseason Profile: Georgetown Hoyas

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Patrick Ewing might have a tournament team in his third season at the helm.

Wendell Cruz

Georgetown 2019 Record: 19-14, 9-9 Big East (lost to Harvard in 1st round NIT)

2020 Returning Minutes percentage: 64.5%

Graduated Seniors: Jessie Govan (C), Greg Malinowski (W), Kaleb Johnson (G), Trey Mourning (F)

Early departures/ transfers: Antwan Walker (F), Grayson Carter (C)

Incoming talent: Omer Yurtseven (transfer from NC State, C), Qudus Wahab (C), Tim Ighoefe (C), Malcolm Wilson (C), Galen Alexander (W), Myron Gardner (F)

Likely top 5: James Akinjo (SO), Mac McClung (SO), Jamorko Pickett (JR), Josh LeBlanc (SO), Omar Yurtseven

Georgetown last season:

The Hoyas are developing an identity under Patrick Ewing — fast-paced, aggressive at getting to the line, and mediocre at slowing down opponent scoring. A trio of freshmen looked ready to take the reins of Patrick Ewing’s program last season; an improvement by the trio would go a long way in moving the Hoyas up the league rankings.

Andrew Geiger of Causal Hoya answered some of our pressing questions surrounding the Hoyas.


Rumble: The Hoyas are a rising team not only in the conference, but nationally. Does Georgetown finally get back to the NCAA Tournament this year?

Does the Pope go to Church? Yes! The Hoyas are back baby! I mean, I hope they are back at least. Georgetown has the talent and depth to contend for a Big East title and it would be a massive disappointment if this squad doesn’t make the Dance.

Rumble: Do you believe the Mac McClung and James Akinjo backcourt can be the best in the Big East?

I don’t know about best backcourt but certainly the most exciting. They are both difficult to guard and can hurt opponents off the dribble and from the perimeter, and obviously Mac’s Airshow is one of the best in college hoops. The better question might be whether the McClung/Akinjo/Terrell Allen/Jagan Mosely/Jahvon Blair combo is the best backcourt in the conference from a depth standpoint. We’ll see what happens.

Rumble: What are the strengths and weaknesses of this Hoya team?

Patrick Ewing wants this Hoyas team to push the pace and run, and we finally have the athletes and depth to do that.

In addition to the above-mentioned backcourt guys, the Hoyas will trot out sophomore sensation Josh LeBlanc, Jamorko Pickett, and perhaps the kid that is most NBA-ready at this point, NC State transfer center Omer Yurtseven. Be afraid! O

n the downside, we still don’t know how this group will mesh especially on the defensive end, but UCF transfer Terrell Allen should help shut down opponents’ gunners, while LeBlanc and a slew of freshman bigs Qudus Wahab/Timothy Ighoefe/Malcolm Wilson will make things tough underneath.

Rumble: Would you argue the Big East needs a dominant Georgetown team to reach its full potential?

Absolutely. Villanova’s recent surge has done wonders for the conference in the post-defection era, but while the relative success of Xavier/Butler/Creighton is nice, the Big East really needs Georgetown to be Georgetown.

And frankly needs you dudes to stop sucking as well.

The Hoyas and Johnnies should be playing on Saturday night in the Big East Tournament, not on Thursday afternoon.

Rumble: Which player does Georgetown most need to see development from?

I fully expect McClung, Akinjo and LeBlanc to take leaps from their freshman to sophomore campaigns, and we sort of already know what we’re getting in Omer Yurtseven, so I’ll go with the enigmatic Jamorko Pickett here. He has so much potential on both ends but just needs to put it all together in this his junior season. If Pickett falters, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Galen Alexander spell him in the starting lineup at some point.

Rumble: Do you have any win-total prediction for this year?

I do! Oh wait, you want to know what it is? Let’s go with 21 wins and a real casual 6 seed in the Dance.

See you in Atlanta.