2009-2010 Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Preview
The Georgetown Hoyas (16- 15 overall, 7- 11 Big East) were a 12th place team in the conference last season and a NIT second round casualty. It’s true, there was no NCAA Tournament for the Hoyas last season and it’s also true that their shooting was off. This season, coach John Thompson III’s team should perform better.
With an offense ranked 11th and averaging 69.3 PPG, it was tough for the Hoyas to be competitive. Additionally, Georgetown had a terrible rebound margin of minus-0.3, which ranked them 13th. They hit their field goals at a rate of 47% (4th) and their scoring defense was 63.9 PPG; both of which were decent.
Last season as a freshman, forward Greg Monroe (12.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.5 APG) not only put up fine numbers he also showed that he was a smart player who could play as big as his six-foot-eleven, 247-pound frame. Austin Freeman (11.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 APG), a junior, will get the start on the wing and the forward/center spot will be occupied by sophomore Henry Sims (1.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG). If Sims is not the answer, then the Hoyas’ top freshman recruit, Hollis Thompson, could see a lot of action. Thompson was highly recruited, turning down Duke, UCLA and Arizona for Georgetown. He enrolled early and began learning the system in the spring.
Point guard Chris Wright (12.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.8 APG), a junior, will play point guard again. Although he struggled last season and had a tough time with leadership duties, it’s expected that with a year of maturity he will have a break through year. At the shooting spot, Jason Clark (5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG) looks to be the logical starter. He had a fine frosh season last year as he ably put in 34% of his shots from downtown. Six-foot-three freshman Vee Sanford will come off the bench. Sanford possesses a smooth, accurate shot from downtown. There’s talent in the backcourt although not a whole lot of backup.
Last season was not a total washout for this team. They had some big wins over the likes of UConn and Memphis. Additionally, the young Hoyas garnered important experience that they can utilize this season. Expect Thompson’s modified Princeton-style offense to run more efficiently and these Hoyas to place in the top third of the conference and win a berth in March Madness.