Fred Brown, Georgetown University's heralded point guard, probably will open the season at small forward, with Eric Smith moving from that position to direct the offense. Hoya Coach John Thompson said on the eve of today's 4 p.m. Blue-Gray intersquad game at McDonough Arena.

Thompson said he eventually expects Brown, a 6-foot-5 freshman, to replace John Duren, last year's Big East player of the year who led Georgetown to a 26-6 record and the NCAA quarterfinals before graduating. But the coach does not want Brown to assume that leadership role until he is ready.

"Smitty will have to take a lot of the responsibility at point guard until the other kids have a feeling of what we're doing," Thompson said. "That's a lot of responsibility for a person who's a freshman. You've got to give him a chance. You can't break his confidence. Fred is so cocky and so confident in himself that he would have more problems with himself than I would with him if he were not successful . . .

"I like Fred. He's a fired-up person and I like that about him. He's an upbeat person. He wants to get going. If he were a little more low-key, you'd probably give him the ground a lot faster. That's going to turn about to be an advantage for him later on . . . All the good players here, like John Duren and Derrick Jackson, filled into their roles gradually."