Midnight Madness primer: Expectations, recruitment, and a name change
Everybody Loves Austin
Publication after publication has picked senior guard Austin Freeman as the favorite for Big East Player of the Year and Coach John Thompson III isn’t tempering those expectations:
“Austin Freeman should be the Preseason Player of the Year in the Big East,” Thompson told MSG.com. “And I think, he’ll be the Player of the Year at the end of the season.”
Moses Abraham has, unfortunately, decided to go by the last name Ayegba, rendering useless half of the clever Biblical references we’ve been saving for the upcoming season. We’re not bitter, we promise.
There Will Be A Class of 2015!
Over the summer, Georgetown fans were getting frantic as Big East rivals snatched up recruits and the number of top high school players dwindled. But in mid-September, Jabril Trawick committed to Georgetown, getting the metaphorical ball rolling. Trawick is a 6’4″ shooting guard from Philly with great toughness. And he’s got hops.
A few weeks later, Mikael Hopkins, a 6’8″ four-star recruit who was ranked the #3 center in his class, took the plunge. Hopkins is only the second Hoya in 40 years to hail from local basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, the other being Austin Freeman. Why? A long-standing grudge between John Thompson Jr. and Morgan Wootten, DeMatha’s legendary former coach.
Georgetown hasn’t successfully recruited a five-star prospect since Detroit-bound Greg Monroe, but two will be in attendance on Friday night for Midnight Madness. Let’s hope that Kyle Anderson and Daniel Ochefu, ranked 18th and 11th in the country respectively, enjoy Wale.
Ochefu is a known quantity as a top-flight big man, but Anderson could end up being a gem. If the Princeton offense could dream, it would obsess over “Slow Motion,” a 6’7″ point guard with superb passing ability. We’ll write that again: a 6’7″ point guard.
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