When I talked to Gary Williams last week about his new gig as a local college basketball analyst for Comcast SportsNet, I specifically asked whether it would be hard to be objective toward, say, Georgetown.
“I’ll analyze them just like I’ll analyze George Washington, George Mason and Maryland,” Williams said.
I also asked Williams whether he wanted a vote in my longstanding “Atlantic 11″ poll that ranks all Division I men’s programs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He declined. But wouldn’t you know, Williams is now out with his own Top 5 in the area. And wouldn’t you know, he has the Hoyas on top. (Video below.)
“I think you have to go with Georgetown based on not just what they did last year but their tradition in the Big East,” he said. “They seem to come to play, so that gives them a little bit of an edge. Virginia Commonwealth, what they’re doing with their team, it’s really tough to play them this time of year because of their chaotic defense. They force you into turnovers, and you’re really not ready to play against that type of defense this time of year.
“Then of course Virginia,” he continued, “they have some good guards coming back, their big people have to show up. And Maryland now, with Dez Wells eligible, that might change a little bit very quickly, where they’re ranked. And George Mason, coming off a 24-win season last year, certainly is very competitive and is picked very high in their league this year.”
So Gary Williams has Georgetown first locally, and Maryland fourth, behind the Hoyas, an Atlantic 10
CAA school, and an ACC rival. Mayans, man.