Editor, Dave Klinger (Photo: Marquette Athletics)
College basketball season is quickly approaching. In an effort to preview it, we spoke with ten bloggers or writers, each covering a different Big East men’s basketball team. Today, we have a conversation with Casual Hoya, a blog from SB Nation covering Georgetown hoops. Get to know your enemy by reading their answers below. Lastly, we asked them to rank the Big East.
Other previews: Xavier, Creighton, Villanova, DePaul, Butler, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence, Marquette
2015-16 Record: 15-18 overall, 7-11 conference
Why will Georgetown win?
CH: Because we are like totally awesome! Despite the loss of leading scorer D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas return a ton of talent and are adding three impact players to the mix in Robert Morris transfer Rodney Pryor, JUCO point guard Jonathan Mulmore and freshman point guard Jagan Mosely. Pryor’s play in the summer league turned heads, Mulmore might be our starting point guard this season and Mosely will add toughness and size in the backcourt that the team had been lacking since the departure of Jabril Trawick. The new guys will join impact players L.J. Peak (likely 1st Team All Big East), Isaac Copeland, Marcus Derrickson and centers Bradley Hayes and Jessie Govan. JT3’s biggest problem this season just might be finding enough minutes for everyone on what is Georgetown‘s deepest team in recent memory.
Why will Georgetown lose?
CH: Just because we’re deep it doesn’t mean we’re good. The Hoyas were terrible on defense last season, a problem that the coaching staff is emphasizing this offseason. JT3 brought in two new assistant coaches who should help with the defense (Anthony Solomon from Notre Dame and Akbar Waheed from Hofstra), but how that will play out on the court remains to be seen. The depth could also be a curse in the sense that JT3 will have to do a lot of tinkering in order to establish rotations and who might be best on the floor in various situations.
What is Georgetown’s ceiling and floor?
CH: Given the talent and depth and an up-tempo style of play that has been teased in various soundbytes from JT3 this offseason, the Hoyas could challenge Villanova and Xavier for Big East supremacy and earn a 4ish seed in the Dance. I don’t foresee a repeat of last season when everything was horrible, but I suppose it’s possible if the returning players never mesh with the new guys and the coaching staff is unable to get much out of the team. If that happens the Hoyas could finish anywhere from 8-10 in the Big East, which would likely lead to various items being burned on campus, JT3’s departure and the transformation of Casual Hoya into a lunch documentation site.
Who should I be afraid of…and why?
CH: The combination of L.J. Peak and Rodney Pryor. This duo seems to be flying under the radar of a lot of prognosticators, but they might be the best scoring backcourt in the Big East. Both can create their own shots, take over games and should be able to open things up underneath for the bigs. I’m getting kind of giddy just thinking about it, actually.
Rank the Big East.
1. Villanova. National Champs deserve this respect though I think a drop-off is coming.
2. Georgetown. Talented, deep and hungry.
3. Xavier. I hate these guys.
4. Creighton. Plucky and well-coached.
5. Seton Hall. Whitehead is gone but still plenty of talent.
6. Butler. Bland but always puts up a fight.
7. Marquette. Just don’t see enough talent here to make a run.
8. Providence. Cooley coached a Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil team to a 9-seed, can’t wait to see what he does with this year’s crop!
9. St. John’s. Another year of moderate talent and bad coaching.
10. DePaul. Should be relegated to the American Athletic Conference.
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