Georgetown men’s basketball preview

November 7, 2012
Hoyas at a glance

What we know: Junior Markel Starks, who started 25 games last season, faces a tall order in taking over primary ballhandling duties from the selfless and versatile Jason Clark, who graduated. But with a career ambition as a U.S. congressman and leadership qualities to match, Starks should thrive in his role as floor general for a young Hoyas squad that lacks a single senior.

What we don’t know: With junior Hollis Thompson departing for the professional ranks and Clark and Henry Sims graduating, Georgetown will be without its top three scorers from last season. It’s not automatically clear where the Hoyas will turn for point production, although Otto Porter Jr., who earned the nickname Otto-Matic in a sterling freshman debut, is the odds-on favorite.

Prediction: The young Hoyas will be tested immediately, opening against Florida and facing Tennessee, Texas and possibly Indiana before Big East play begins. If they grow from the experience, regardless of their early-season record, they could emerge as a surprising force in the Big East and again reach the second round of the NCAA tournament.

— Liz Clarke

ROSTER

# Name Yr. P Ht.
0 Tyler Adams So. C 6-9
2 Greg Whittington So. F 6-8
3 Mikael Hopkins So. F 6-9
4 D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Fr. G 6-3
5 Markel Starks Jr. G 6-2
12 David Allen Fr. G 6-2
21 Brandon Bolden Fr. C 6-10
22 Otto Porter Jr. So. F 6-8
23 Aaron Bowen So. F 6-6
25 John Caprio Jr. G 6-6
31 Stephen Domingo Fr. F 6-6
32 Moses Ayegba Jr. C 6-9
34 Nate Lubick Jr. F 6-8
42 Bradley Hayes Fr. C 7-0
55 Jabril Trawick So. G 6-5

SCHEDULE

November
9 Florida* 9
11 Duquesne 7
19 UCLA** 8
20 Indiana/Georgia** TBD
24 Mount St. Mary’s noon
30 Tennessee 6:30
December
4 Texas*** 7
8 Towson noon
10 Longwood 7
15 Western Carolina noon
22 American noon
January
5 at Marquette 2
8 Pittsburgh 9
12 at St. John’s 11 am
16 Providence 7
19 at South Florida 6
21 at Notre Dame 7:30
26 Louisville noon
30 Seton Hall 7
February
2 St. John’s 4
9 at Rutgers noon
11 Marquette 7
15 at Cincinnati 9
20 DePaul 7
23 at Syracuse 4
27 at Connecticut 7
March
2 Rutgers 9
6 at Villanova 7
9 Syracuse noon
12-16 Big East tournament TBD

*In Jacksonville, Fla.

**Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

***Jimmy V Classic in New York City.

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