Georgetown’s roster appears to have been dealt a major blow when ESPN reported yesterday that sophomore Greg Whittington had indeed tore his ACL. Rumors had been surfacing all month but there had been no conclusive evidence indicating whether or not Whittington had indeed been injured.
According to John Thompson III, Georgetown’s coach, there is no time frame for Whittington’s injury at the moment. “Greg will return when he is 100 percent healthy,” said John Thompson in a statement. “I feel for Greg because he’s worked extremely hard to prepare for the coming season, on and off the court. I’m confident this is just another setback that in the end will make him even stronger. At this point, there is no specific timetable for his return.”
With top scorer and reigning Big East player of the year Otto Porter leaving for the NBA, this is a major setback for a Hoyas roster that was looking to rely heavily on Whittington. Though he missed the last 19 games of last season due to academic ineligibility, Whittington was Georgetown’s second leading scorer in the games he did play and proved to be an important piece of the roster. Standing at 6”8, Whittington is the type of player that can do a little bit of everything. He is quick on the court and is very strong on the ball. He rebounds the ball very well and has shown a nice scoring flair with the ability to stretch the floor with his long jumpers.
With a fairly young roster, the brunt of the offense is going to fall on the shoulders of sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who had a nice freshman season and Markel Starks, who will be in his senior season with the Hoyas. Both players are guards so they will have to make adjustments if they are planning on playing together, though I am sure coach Thompson will figure out a way to do so.
Another boost to the roster should come in the form of high schooler Reggie Cameron, a 6”7 power forward with one of the smoothest strokes in the nation. He will be the same type of player that Whittington is, one who is able to spread the floor with his dangerous outside shot and free up the paint for the guards to get to the rim. The question will be whether Cameron is also able to handle his own down low against some of the bigger guys he might be going up against. As a freshman, it will be important for him to hit the weight room on a consistent basis so that he can add some muscle to play in the post.
It remains to be seen how Whittington’s injury will affect Georgetown’s performance but as it stands, it certainly looks like it will hurt their chances at a deep tournament run.