Hoyas earn preseason accolades at Big East Media Day
To whom much is given, much is expected. That’s the message that Georgetown basketball fans can take away from Wednesday’s annual Big East Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden, where the coaches and select players from all 10 of the league’s teams convened to preview the upcoming college basketball season. Hoyas walked away with some of the biggest pre-season accolades, and much is expected of them indeed.
Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera earned the biggest of all honors, since as he was chosen as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He also earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big East First Team.
An All-Big East First Team selection in 2013-14, Smith-Rivera becomes the sixth Georgetown player in Big East history to earn the honor, as he joins the elite company of Patrick Ewing, Reggie Williams, Allen Iverson, Roy Hibbert, and Austin Freeman.
In his sophomore season last year, Smith-Rivera finished third in the league in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game, and led the Big East in free throw shooting, making 87.3 percent of his attempts.
Smith-Rivera’s awards were not the only bright spot for the Hoyas at Media Day. Despite their disappointing 2013-14 campaign that did not include an NCAA Tournament bid, the Hoyas earned much respect from their league peers, as they were ranked second in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, just behind unanimous number one selection Villanova, the league’s reigning regular season champions, and just ahead of St. John’s, the number three ranked squad.
Smith-Rivera was not the only Hoya to come away with preseason honors at the annual Media Day. The women’s basketball team did not go unnoticed either. Highly touted freshman Dorothy Adomako was named Preseason Rookie of the Year by the league’s coaches. The Hoyas, under new Head Coach Natasha Adair, were picked to finish eighth in the coaches’ preseason poll.
The men’s team opens up its 2014-15 season with a home game against St. Francis (NY) on Nov. 15. The women will play their season opener at home against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 14.
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Below are the results for both the men’s and women’s preseason coaches’ poll with final points totals. First place votes are in parentheses.
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