Coming to the Hilltop: Reggie Cameron, freshman forward from New Jersey
It is well known that the 2012-2013 Hoyas were a young team. With no seniors, technically, the men’s basketball roster for the 2013-2014 season would have no changes. However, going into last season, most of us knew that Otto Porter Jr. would likely be leaving the team for the NBA. As a result, Georgetown did not court many recruits in the Class of 2013. Thus, Reggie Cameron, a 6’7” forward from New Jersey, will be the lone freshman on next year’s squad.
Cameron was a first team All-State selection after his senior year with Hudson Catholic, where he averaged 22.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. While Cameron is well known as a shooter, making the fourth most threes in New Jersey last year while shooting 45 percent, he has also been working on becoming more of a complete player. Ranked 63rd in ESPN’s recruit rankings for the Class of 2013, Cameron comes in the same range of recruits as now-sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (DSR was ranked 58th in his class).
With the low recent turnover rate, the Hoyas were expected to have a relatively solid lineup consisting of experienced players. However, with the recent injury of junior forward Greg Whittington, the Hoyas find themselves find themselves in a very unappealing position. Most likely, the starting lineup will have junior guard Jabril Trawick moving to small forward at only 6’5”. The Blue and Gray that, only months ago, were known for being long at the 2-4 positions, will now be undersized. Cameron could be the solution to this problem. Of course, it is unrealistic to expect a freshman not named Wiggins to fill the 3-spot in the same way as Porter or Whittington, but if Cameron shows promise, he may be much more useful to next year’s team than many expected.
Though not many think much will come from next year’s Hoyas, the Blue and Gray have cracked the top ten during each of the last seven seasons, many of which started with nonexistent expectations. With a dynamic backcourt and a less-than-exciting post presence, the factor leading to the Hoyas’ success or failure will most likely come from the small forward spot. No pressure, Reggie. Welcome to the Hilltop.