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#27 Georgetown Hoyas

Big East

 

2004-05: 19-13, 8-8, 7th

2004-05 postseason: NIT

By Joel Welser

Georgetown was well on their way to an NCAA berth before losing their five final regular season games. The Hoyas return everybody who started a game last year under John Thompson III and are looking towards the big dance. Anything else would be a disappointment.

Who’s Out: Rayshawn Reed was a quality roleplayer off the bench, seeing action in 31 games. The guard averaged 2.4 points per game last year before transferring to Cal State Fullerston. Cornelio Guibunda only played in five games before opting to transfer to American. RaMell Ross averaged 8.0 minutes per game, averaging 2.0 points his last season in D.C.

Who’s In: The bench won’t be very deep until the newcomers come around. There isn’t anything overwhelming in this class (Georgetown fans have to wait another year for that) but all four newcomers have the ability to contribute off the bench, providing many options for Coach Thompson III. Small forward Octavius Spann is a little raw, but he makes up for it with his athletic ruggedness and hustle, not to mention the great name. Marc Egerson, a 6-5 wing, is ready to be a factor this year and will be able to fill in at the two or three spot. Shooting guard Jessie Sapp is a smart player and a decent slasher. The outside shot is developing nicely, but could still use a little work. In any event, Sapp will get an opportunity to see quality minutes early and often. Josh Thornton is a tremendous shooter and has the ability to run the point, but needs to be a little more selective on the shots.

Who to Watch: Six players who started at least 15 games return, but none are as important as Jeff Green. The 6-8, 225 pound forward averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks as a freshman last year. It will be a tough act to follow, but Green will anchor a formidable frontcourt alongside Brandon Bowman and Roy Hibbert.

Projected Conference Rank: Experience is an issue off the bench, but it won’t be for the starting backcourt of Ashanti Cook, Jonathan Wallace and Darrel Owens. There will be some tough games early in the year while the newcomers adapt to their roles off the bench, especially with the non-conference schedule ahead of the Hoyas. However, by the time the Big East conference schedule rolls around, the newcomers will be ready to fill in. A 6th place finish in the Big East isn’t great, but this year 6th is easily good enough for a trip to the NCAAs.

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

Projected Starting Five:

Ashanti Cook, Senior, Guard, 10.8 points per game

Jonathan Wallace, Sophomore, Guard, 6.5 points per game

Darrel Owens, Senior, Forward, 7.2 points per game

Brandon Bowman, Junior, Forward, 15.1 points per game

Jeff Green, Sophomore, Forward, 13.1 points per game

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