Despite not making the NCAA Tournament a season ago, the Georgetown Hoyas should have a more balanced look going into the 2014-15 season. Whether it be from the returnees, or the incoming recruits, the Hoyas should be a top team in Big East Conference this coming year.
With that being said, let's take a look at what could be the starting lineup for Georgetown next season. I think that at least one freshman will start, unless something dramatic happens. But the young group of Hoyas .
D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Guard, Jr.)
Last season, Markel Starks was the point guard last season and Smith-Rivera was the shooting guard, but without a veteran point guard on the team, I expect Georgetown to move him to the one, with the 6-foot-3 guard's versatility in mind. Last season, Smith-Rivera averaged 17.6 points and shot 44.5 percent from the field, both rather effective for a team that struggled with efficiency all year. Described as an "old-school" guard, Smith-Rivera has terrific size for someone at the one, and in addition has a good mid-range jumper and can go out and shoot the ball from perimeter. His craftiness and ability to get to the rim should make this a no-brainer of a decision for head coach John Thompson III to make.
Jabril Trawick (Guard, Sr.)
When Jabril Trawick suffered a broken nose, Georgetown's production really dropped with him out of the lineup. Trawick has the body of the three, but if he plays the two, he will be able to take advantage of the small guards that he will oppose. Trawick does have good ball-handling ability, but he does not bring the ball up as much. If he plays in the post, he can demolish the paint and be a double-double guy next season. According to ESPN, Trawick weighs 210 lbs, but the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania may have bulked up since last year. Last season, Trawick averaged 9.1 points per game, but that is only because of the injury he had, so expect that number to rise up if he stays healthy the whole season, or at least most of it.
Aaron Bowen (Guard, Sr.)
Aaron Bowen can shoot the ball really well, and even though people would want him at the two, he is a better fit at the three because it allows Trawick to take advantage of small guards at the 2. It will be a mixture because at times we will see Trawick and Bowen switch depending on the matchup against the opposing team. The senior guard from Jacksonville, Florida can crash the boards really well on both sides of the ball. This is his final year of eligibility, so I think he will have a breakout season and we will see someone that will be very aggressive to coincide with his balanced skillset.
Isaac Copeland (Forward, Fr.)
Copeland is a long and very versatile forward that can attack the rim really well. On tape, the Raleigh, North Carolina native is really explosive on the floor, and has a good body where he can go into the post. He also can shoot the ball well from behind the arc, which is what I like about his game the most, and like what Georgetown has done in terms of getting someone that is so versatile. In high school, Copeland was a mismatch for most, and I think that will translate going into next season because a lot of people will not know how to guard someone who can play both inside and outside, and can do the things that he does.
Josh Smith (Center, Sr.)
When Josh Smith was annoucned that he was ineligible to play due to his academics, that made Georgetown plans change. Last season, when the team played Oregon, he was overweight, but now it has been noticed that he has a lot of mass trimmed off of his body. I did not really get to see much of Smith last season, but I expect him to start at the five and play the whole season without any problems.