Key Departures: Rodney Pryor, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, Akoy Agau, Bradley Hayes, Tre Campbell, Reggie Cameron II
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Trey Dickerson (GS.)
PG: Jonathan Mulmore (Sr.)
SG: Jagan Mosley (So.)
PF: Marcus Derrickson (Jr.)
C: Jessie Govan (Jr.)
Key Reserve Players:
SG/SF: Kaleb Johnson (Jr.), PF/SF: JaMarko Pickett (Fr.), C: Chris Sodom (Fr.), PF: Antwan Walker (Fr.), PG: Jahvon Blair (Fr.)
Patrick Ewing finally landed a head coaching gig, and it just so happens to be with his alma mater. Bringing this program back to the national stage will be quite the task, and this first year will be the hardest season of them all. After being in the NBA world as an assistant coach for more than a decade, coming to the college game brings on a completely different animal. Coaching teenagers, recruiting high schoolers, and competing in the Big East will be difficult to say the least.
I have a three guard set in the starting lineup. Trey Dickerson and Jonathan Mulmore are two points guards in the backcourt, along with sophomore shooting guard Jagan Mosley joining them as well. Dickerson is a grad transfer from South Dakota, who averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 assists last season for the Coyotes. Mulmore averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 assists in 20 minutes of playing time for the Hoyas last season. In a rebuilding year (and in a completely new era), it is essential to have leadership at the point guard position. Having both Dickerson and Mulmore will prove to be beneficial on and off the court for Ewing as he transitions to the college game. Mosley is a former four-star shooting guard who had a solid freshman season. He actually ranked second in assists per game for the Hoyas last year. Mosley will be called upon for more scoring this season with the departures of Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak. He needs to make that step as a sophomore. These guards need to be efficient this season from the field in order for Georgetown’s success.
Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan are two key pieces returning, and will arguably be the two best players for Georgetown this season. Govan is the only returning double digit scorer. Both guys played under 25 minutes per game last year, but will probably play 30+ minutes as juniors. I actually think both guys have double-double potential, especially Govan. Govan has a terrific wingspan, he has a solid build/is strong, and mobile for a big dude in the paint. He can score inside and outside. Derrickson can play inside and outside as well. If both bigs can stretch the floor consistently, can polish up their offensive games, and be steady defensive presences, they will create quite the duo for the Hoyas. Their plates will be full this season.
Kaleb Johnson will be the bench player with the most experience. The former four-star hasn’t played much over the course of his first two seasons, but will play a bigger role as a junior. Jahvon Blair could see some action behind Dickerson and Mulmore. JaMarko Pickett is the interesting piece from this freshman class, and could find himself in the starting lineup if Ewing decides to go bigger. The former Ole Miss commit is a lanky, athletic forward with really good handles and mobility. He is quick for a 6’7″ forward. When he gets stronger and adds more weight to his frame, he is going to become a really good player. His potential to play both forward positions makes him a matchup problem, and his length gives him defensive ability on the wing.
Chris Sodom and Antwan Jones will play big man minutes off the bench behind Govan and Derrickson. Sodom is a lanky 7’3″ project. He will be a threat for lobs, and his defensive potential as a rim protector makes him very intriguing. Walker already has a nice build to his frame for a freshman. He is explosive, athletic, and can play both forward positions. He is a threat to run out in transition and has stretch four potential as well. Coach Ewing has some solid prospects coming in, and with the right coaching and development, they could become the faces of this program.
Patrick Ewing won’t rebuild this program overnight, it will take plenty of time. But, lets give him a few years, and then go from there. College basketball is better when Georgetown is relevant.