The 2015-16 season was a tough one for the Georgetown Hoyas. With a 15-18 finish in the regular season and missing out on the NCAA Tournament, it was easy to label the year as a failure. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is a young group that is now a year older and wiser. Even without their leading scorer from last year in D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown brings back some players who can potentially lead the Hoyas back into Big East contention.
One of those players is Reggie Cameron.
This is Cameron’s senior year at Georgetown, and he has had an up and down ride to get to this point. He played in 32 games his freshman year, averaging 13 minutes along with averaging four points a game. It wasn’t the most eye popping stats you will see but for a freshman that only got time due to injury, it was good enough. But his sophomore year didn’t go exactly as planned.
Cameron himself struggled with an injury and that only limited him to playing less than 25 games in the 2014-15 season. He was healthy his junior year, and it showed when he averaged 17 minutes a game, and once again played 32 games for the Hoyas. But, once again, the stats weren’t there for Cameron. He only averaged 5.4 points and two rebounds per game last year. His minutes faded down the stretch with him playing a combined 23 minutes the last four games of the regular season. Given that this is senior year and that Georgetown will be looking for senior scoring, he will be expected to step up.
One thing Georgetown will be looking from Cameron, specifically, is his shooting. Coming out of high school he was hailed as a good shooter and it’s his main strength in his offensive arsenal. Cameron shot 40% from the field last year and wasn’t hesitant to shoot. We saw that against UConn when he attempted eight three-pointers. He also had games against DePaul, Xavier, and St. John’s where he attempted seven or more threes. Cameron has all the tools to be a good shooter, he’s just got to be more efficient.
Improving his ability to drive to the basket is another step in Cameron’s offensive progression. Cameron knows how to shoot twos but many of them come as jump shots. Many teams would be fine closing space on him knowing that its unlikely that the defender will get beat off the dribble. If Cameron wants to really trouble defenses, he must learn how to get to the hoop.
On a Georgetown team where secondary scoring will be key, Reggie Cameron could be the guy for the Hoyas. After three years filled with injuries and poor play, this is essentially his last shot to make an impact on this team. Once again, the Big East will be extremely tough and the Hoyas are facing an uphill battle. The top dogs will still be the top dogs but the middle of the pack is where Georgetown can rise. Reggie Cameron will need to step up for that to happen.