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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Top 10 Players in the Big East has published a projection of the top 10 players in the Big East for next year. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this guy is not a Hoyas fan. Grantedly, Georgetown is the only team with two players in the top 10 but the fact that he leaves out Jon Wallace and DaJaun Summers shows that he doesn't watch a lot of Hoyas action.

1. C Roy Hibbert, Georgetown Hoyas
Hibbert’s inclusion at the top of the heap provides a nice sense of symmetry. The number ten player was a Hoya and as mentioned in the Gransberry paragraph, Hibbert was number one last year in my preseason report. While he was quite good, he didn’t really bear that ranking out because of the excellence of other players, such as his teammate Green, Gransberry, and Villanova F Curtis Sumpter. Yet, here I am again, giving Hibbert perhaps undue props. In the Big East, he is just a unique player – big, agile, and skilled. His 2006-07 numbers were solid (12.6 ppg on 67.1% from the field, 6.9 rpg, and 2.4 bpg), but like Reynolds he finished the season on an upswing with five double-doubles in the Big East championship game and first four rounds of the NCAA tournament. The dub-dub streak eventually ended against Greg Oden, but Hibbert should be second to no center in 2007-08.
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10. G Austin Freeman*, Georgetown Hoyas
Hoya fans may weep at the departure of do-everything forward Jeff Green to the NBA, but the team is stocked with talent (as shown by the Elite Eight run) and has an excellent incoming freshman class. Freeman is the lead star of the class and should get plenty of minutes at the shooting guard position. The graduate of famed DeMatha high school in near Baltimore will keep defenses from packing the free throw line by hitting three-pointers. He should fit into the Hoya defensive schemes as well and should be able to use his strength to deter opposing penetrators. It may take some time for Freeman to get adjusted to the Princeton-style offense of caoch John Thompson III, but once he gets his feet wet, the sky is the limit for the 6-4 guard.

By the way, what Elite Eight run is he talking about?!?! The run to the Elite Eight was largely Jeff Green fueled--Wallace and Summers deserve a lot of the credit for the win over UNC to reach the FINAL FOUR. Also, DeMatha is a lot closer to D.C. than Baltimore. Finally, he does not adjust Hibbert's numbers for the pace of the game. He should have included at least his remarkable shooting percentage.

1 comment:

Johnny Limarzi said...

I think they meant the run in the Elite 8 game against UNC, not the run to get to the Elite 8.