Cardiac Hill Big East Basketball Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Returnees: The Georgetown Hoyas will move into the 2012-13 season without some key players from last year's tournament team. Jason Clark was such an important player for John Thompson III, and his ball handling and scoring abilities will be missed. Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims were big contributors in the post game, and they too must be replaced.

The Hoyas still have some starters back, though, and their roles will be elevated. Markel Starks will be a starter in the backcourt. He can score and initiate the Princeton type offense employed by Thompson III. Jabril Trawick will get the chance to join Starks in the backcourt. He is a 6-5 shooter that should improve with experience. Georgetown has plenty of size returning and that is what should drive the team. Nate Lubick will need to improve his scoring, but his presence on the floor is instrumental to success. Otto Porter is primed for a big season and he could very well be the best player on the team. Mikael Hopkins and Greg Whittington are sizable sophomores that could earn minutes.

Newcomers: John Thompson III brought in a solid recruiting class that could feature some immediate impact guys and maybe even some starters. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera could very well end be a starter at some point. He is only one of three true guards on the roster, so he will have to play. Brandon Bolden is an athletic big man that could see some minutes at forward. Bradley Hayes is a big 6-11 center that may end up redshirting. He is raw, but could help out down the line. The intriguing newcomer is Stephen Domingo, who left high school early to enroll at Georgetown. His eligibility is still unknown, but he was a well sought after player.

Final Outlook: Georgetown lost some very important pieces, but the cupboard is not bare. There is plenty of talent around, it is just a matter of it coming together. They have some great size that can match up with anyone. John Thompson III is proving to be a solid coach and he will have this team competing for a spot in the Big Dance.

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