WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Austin Freeman
WATCH NOW - Media Day Interview with Chris Wright
The Big Picture: In 2009-10, the Hoyas produced what is becoming a typical season under coach John Thompson III. Georgetown finished 23-11 overall and earned another NCAA invitation, its fourth in the last six years. They were 10-8 in league play and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship final for the third time in the past four years. Thompson, who is entering his seventh season as the Hoya headmaster, welcomes back four starters, though the lone loss is a significant one, center Greg Monroe.
Who's Back: The Hoyas may have one of the strongest three-guard lineups in the nation. Austin Freeman made All-BIG EAST Second Team after averaging 16.5 ppg. In league games, he was first in the BIG EAST in 3-point shooting, making 51.9 percent. In all games, he ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, hitting at an 85.6 percent clip. Chris Wright directs the offense from his point guard spot. Last season. he averaged 15.2 points and 4.1 assists. Both Freeman and Wright are seniors. Junior Jason Clark completes the guard trio. Last year, he averaged 10.5 ppg and shot 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Vee Sanford returns in a reserve role. In the frontcourt, 6-9 senior forward Julian Vaughn is a returning starter who averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. He also blocked 49 shots. Hollis Thompson, a versatile 6-7 sophomore forward, averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 boards after playing 19.5 minutes per game. Six-ten junior Henry Sims (1.4, 2.0) and 6-7 sophomore Jerrell Benimon (1.4, 2.0) will push to be noticed after serving in reserve roles last year.
Who's Missing: Center Greg Monroe was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection after posting a 16.1 scoring average. He was third in the BIG EAST in rebounding with a 9.6 mark. Monroe, who played two seasons with the Hoyas, was an NBA first-round draft pick.
Storylines: Monroe had unique ballhandling skills for a center and will be very difficult to replace, but the Hoyas can build around an outstanding backcourt. Last season in BIG EAST games, GU led the league in field goal shooting (49.9 percent) and 3-point shooting (40.0 percent). Hollis Thompson could move into a starting position at forward. The Hoyas would benefit from continued development of Sims and Berrimon around the basket. Georgetown has four newcomers: forwards Aaron Bowen and Nat Lubick, center Moses Abraham and guard Markel Starks. This season, there may be more immediate opportunities to play in the frontcourt than at guard.