At Georgetown, Big is Back, and Its Staying

Come late September/ Early October, Washington D.C could be home to the #1 men’s college basketball team in the entire country. The Georgetown Hoyas had a historic season last year, going 30-7 and making it to the Final Four, something that hadn’t been done in DC since the mid 80s.
Because so many sensational underclassmen and juniors are leaving early for the riches of the NBA, such Ohio State’s freshman Greg Oden and Mike Conely Jr., Georgetown could prosper because of the number of talented players leaving.
Hoya’s 7-foot center Roy Hibbert, a Rising senior and All-Big East First Team player in ’07 is returning for his final year at the hilltop, and is expected to be the most dominant big man in the entire country. Hibbert spent the late spring testing the NBA draft waters, but eventually decided to come back to school, where he will be joined by, at least at the moment, three other starters for last year’s Big East Regular Season and Tournament Championship team.
The big question for the Hoyas is weather or not ’07 Big East Player of the Year Jeff Green will return for his senior year. Green carried the Hoyas down the final stretch of the season sinking 3 game winning shots, two in the Big East Tournament and one in the Sweet 16. Like Hibbert, Green decided to test the NBA waters during the late spring, but when Hibbert announced his return to the Hilltop, Green announced he would continue to test the draft waters, until he is absolutely sure he would be a lottery pick.
If Green Returns, Georgetown could boast one of the most solid starting five in the entire country as well as in the history of Georgetown Basketball. the ’07-’08 Hoyas will most likely start Sr. sharpshooter John Wallace at shooting guard, Junior point guard Jessie Sapp, who has very good control of the offense and brings a bit of street ball to the college courts. The Hoya front court would consist of 6’9 sophomore DaJuan Summers, who made the Big East All-Rookie team in ’06-’07, along side seniors Hibbert and Green if he decides to return.
The Hoya’s have also recruited 2 of the top 5 point guards in the entire country, both of whom played high school ball in the DC metro area.
Weather or not Jeff Green decides to stay for one more year, and possibly cement himself as one of the best players in the country and possible first pick in the ’08 NBA draft, the ’07-’08 Hoyas are sure to be one of the favorites to cut the nets down next March.


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