2019-20 Basketball Preview
By Matt Sachs
Omer Yurtseven’s journey to Georgetown University has been long and at times winding, but the 7-foot senior center stands tall, ready to lead the Hoyas back to the NCAA tournament as one of the most skilled and experienced players on a team that relies heavily on sophomores.
Yurtseven transferred to Georgetown from North Carolina State University after the 2017-18 season, a consensus five-star prospect by 247Sports, a leading college basketball recruiting website, who had played on multiple Turkish national teams before joining the Wolfpack.
By Brendan Dolan
Coming off a strong 2018-19 campaign that took it to the Big East tournament semifinals and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals, the Georgetown University women’s basketball team looks to build on last year’s postseason success despite the departure of three key locker room leaders. But the departure of these three women has created an opportunity for other players to rise to the challenge and lead the Hoyas into another fierce postseason run.
Head Coach James Howard completed his third season at the helm of the Hoyas last year, a role to which he ascended after working as associate head coach to former Head Coach Natasha Adair since 2014. Howard oversaw a .500 program in his first season, with big wins over Big East powerhouses. Year one, however, ultimately ended without a postseason berth.
By Iyanah Langa
The 2018-19 men’s basketball season was a mixed bag. With an overall record of 19-14, the Hoyas ended the season with two first-round tournament eliminations in the Big East tournament and the National Invitation Tournament.
By Joanna LaCoppola
The Georgetown women’s basketball team finished its 2018-19 season with an overall record of 19-16 after going 9-9 throughout Big East play. The season was marked by several accomplishments, such as making history by reaching the Big East tournament semifinals for the second year in a row. The team also advanced to the Women’s National Invitation tournament quarterfinals, which had not happened for the Hoyas since 2009.
Georgetown started the season strongly with three straight wins against the University of Richmond, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Loyola University Maryland. The team’s season opener against Richmond featured graduate student guard Dorothy Adomako leading the team in scoring points in her first game back after missing the previous season because of an injury. The Hoyas out-rebounded the Spiders and forced several turnovers that eventually helped lead to their 73-53 victory.
By Jake Wexelblatt
The Georgetown University men’s basketball team looks to build upon the strides made across the program last season, the team’s first playoff appearance under Head Coach Patrick Ewing (CAS ’85). The team brings back a solid core as well as a host of new faces looking to integrate themselves into the roster as the Hoyas look to improve upon a fifth-place conference finish last season.
Ewing said his offseason preparations to incorporate the newest players in the system this summer mirrored previous summers, despite the new transfers.
“My approach wasn’t any different: trying to get them back in the gym more to try to develop their skill set and improve on what they have learned from previous years. And hopefully that will help them to get a jump,” Ewing said.
By Tian Shi
The end of the last women’s basketball season brought a 19-16 record, the best recorded by the Hoyas since 2011. With Hoya Madness long past, the team has its sights set on the season opener, happening just next week.
The Hoyas lost four starters from last season, so it looks like it will be a season of rebuilding for Georgetown. Leaving the starting lineup from last season were graduate guards Dorothy Adomako, Dionna White and Mikayla Venson, who together accounted for more than 70% of the Hoyas’ departures on the season. The departure of this triumvirate leaves the Hoyas scrambling to find more scoring from further down the roster. The loss of these three players stands as the main reason for low expectations for the Hoyas across the media.
Senior guard Morgan Smith will be redshirting this upcoming season, meaning she is ineligible for play this season but will return with another year of experience on the Hilltop as a graduate student in the 2020-21 season. Smith started 20 of the 28 games she played in last season.
By Ben Gaver
By Austin Barish