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The Georgetown Hoyas went 19-14 last season while qualifying for the NIT. This was the first time Georgetown has qualified for postseason play since the 2014-2015 season. Georgetown returns 4 of 5 starters from last season and have newcomers that can fill the hole left by outgoing seniors Jessie Govan, Greg Malinowski, Kaleb Johnson, and Trey Mourning. Georgetown has the talent to finally break through and make the NCAA tournament, however youth, and inexperience could hurt their chances.
Omer Yurtseven will be named the to All Big-East 1st Team
Jessie Govan Georgetown’s leading scorer from last season has graduated and Patrick Ewing has to find a way to replace him. Yurtseven is the main candidate to fill in for Govan as the N.C. State transfer averaged 13.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG while shooting 57% from the field and 50% from three in the 2017-2018 season.
Josh LeBlanc will average 12 PPG
LeBlanc started last season coming off the bench but his hustle, heart, rebounding, and defense quickly forced Ewing to make a change in the starting lineup. LeBlanc’s tenacity and work on the offensive boards should help his scoring numbers jump.
James Akinjo will be a finalist for the Bob Cousy award
Akinjo was the Big East Freshman of the Year last season. Georgetown has lacked a true point guard ever since Markel Starks left and now they have one in Akinjo. Akinjo averaged 13.4 PPG while leading the Big East with 5.2 APG; he did all of this while playing hard physical defense. He was only a freshman last season so expect a huge breakout season where James Akinjo becomes a household name.
Myron Gardner becomes a starter
This prediction is bolder than the previous three however it may not be impossible. Gardner is an incoming freshman that was overlooked by many and is only a 3 star that’s ranked in the 200s does that remind you of anyone? *cough Mac McClung cough* It is no secret that the likely starter Jamorko Pickett had a rough sophomore slump in a season where he was benched multiple times. If Pickett continues to struggle coach Ewing may look elsewhere to fill a spot in the starting lineup. Ewing showed last year that he’s not scared to play freshman early and often so Gardener may jump Mosley and Alexander as the next man up if Pickett was to be benched.
Georgetown finish their non-conference schedule at 10-3
They finish 11-7 in the Big East.
In the end, the Hoyas finish at 21-10 and sneak into the NCAA tournament.
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