Georgetown 2014-15 Record: 22-11, 12-6 in the Big East
Key Players Lost: Josh Smith, Mikael Hopkins, Aaron Bowen and Jabril Trawick
Key Players Coming Back: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Isaac Copeland, L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell, Reggie Cameron, Paul White, Trey Mourning and Bradley Hayes
New Recruits: Akoy Agau, Kaleb Johnson, Marcus Derrickson and Jessie Govan
After not making the NCAA Tournament in 2014 for the first time in five years and second time in nine years, the Hoyas bounced back to make the Big Dance this past season after having another successful season in the Big East.
Georgetown endured a tough slate early on and they only lost to Wisconsin, Kansas and Butler in the non-conference portion of the schedule. (Yes, the loss to Butler— who of course is a member of the Big East — was in an exempt tournament when the two teams agreed to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis when they were a part of different conferences.). Those early-season tests set them up for the rigors of the Big East, and the Hoyas made the most of their Big East battles as they finished in a two-way tie (with Butler) for second place in the conference.
The Hoyas proved to be a consistent team, as they never lost more than three games in a row, while also never winning more than four games in a row all season. Once again, the Hoyas were your typical aggressive, physical and methodical team that beat you into submission.
With a strong RPI on their side, Georgetown would be awarded a No.4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They would go on to dispose of 13-seed Eastern Washington in the Round of 64 before ending their season in the Round of 32 to Utah two days later.
Along the way, the Hoyas’ D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had himself a fine junior season. He was named to the all-Big East First Team after averaging 16.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting .387 percent from three-point range. Smith-Rivera actually declared for the NBA Draft before changing his mind and wisely returning to school in order to boost his stock.
Josh Smith also had a solid senior campaign averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. He was the thunder to Smith-Rivera’s lighting all season.
2015-16 Look Ahead:
While the 2014-15 season can be considered quite the success, the Hoyas could be in line for even bigger and better things in 2015-16.
With valued senior Smith-Rivera back to lead the charge, the Hoyas should be a feared squad. But it’s not just the return of Smith-Rivera that has Hoyas’ fans excited. The return of a sophomore quartet that includes L.J. Peak (7.9 points per game), Isaac Copeland (6.8 points per game on .389 percent shooting from three-point range), Paul White (5.0 points per game) and Tre Campbell (3.4 points per game) showed tremendous upside last season and all should be ready to flourish this year, especially with Smith, Hopkins, Bowen and Trawick all leaving the program. All of the above bring a vast array of skills and tangibles to the table and expect each and every one of them to improve on their numbers and be major players next season. Look for Copeland (which Bobby Reagan details here) and Peak, in particular, to be prime-time players.
Not only that, but Georgetown coach John Thompson III is also bringing in yet another highly-touted recruiting class. The Hoyas bring in two four-star recruits in Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson while also bringing in other high-end prospects in Akoy Agau and Kaleb Johnson.
Georgetown should be very deep, and again be an intimidating team to deal with. With Villanova likely to come down a peg, the Big East will be a wide open race and the Hoyas have as good a shot to win the conference crown as anyone in the league.
A trip back to the NCAA Tournament seems eminent and this time around, the Hoyas could be prepared for a bigger run.