Coach: John Thompson III (8 seasons at Georgetown 184-81), Overall 252-123, 12 seasons
2011-12: Record 24-9 overall, 12-6 in Big East (tie 4th)
Starters Returning (2) Markel Starks, Nate Lubick
Preseason Tournament: Legends Classic, Jimmy V Classic
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Florida, vs. Tennessee
Early Departure : Hollis Thompson
Last season was another successful season for John Thompson III but now the Hoyas lose their top 3 scorers. You would think that the Hoyas are in line for a rebuild season but think again. Coming into last season the Hoyas lost 3 of their top 4 scorers. I think this says a lot about Thompson’s coaching and his style. Along with the players coming back Thompson also bring in a very talented recruiting class.
Leading the Hoyas will be power forward Otto Porter (9.7 ppg). Porter really had an outstanding freshman season. He can do a little bit of everything. He gets most of his work done in the paint and he is one of the best offensive rebounders in the country. He could average a double double this season. Joining him in the frontcourt will be Nate Lubick (3.5 ppg). Lubick is best asset is his passing ability. At the small forward position will be Greg Whittington (4.3 ppg). Whittington best strength is his outside shooting ability. The top option off the bench will be Mikael Hopkins (2.4 ppg). Also providing depth will be two freshman small forward Bradley Hayes, and Brandon Bolden.
The questions for the Hoyas lies in the backcourt. That really only have 4 scholarship players here. Running the point guard duties will be Markel Starks (7.1 ppg). Starks should score more and have more assists with him being in control the ball more. He is the best shooter on the team. Joining him in the backcourt will be highly touted freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. His best asset is probably his shooting ability. The other two players providing depth will be Jabril Trawick (3.4 ppg) and freshman Stephen Domingo.
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