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Georgetown Early Season Exam Week

Shaka BarrettContributor IDecember 12, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Chris Wright #4 of the Georgetown Hoyas shoots a free throw against the Butler Bulldogs during the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2009 in New York, New York. The Hoyas defeated the Bulldogs 72-65.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

If Butler was the first real test for the 2009-2010 Georgetown Hoyas, then it stands to reason that there are still some unanswered questions. 

While the Hoyas dominated the smaller Bulldogs, they did so because Butler lacked what it needed to address super sophomore Greg Monroe—an inside presence. Butler also had a star player foul out after having a below sub-par performance and the Bulldogs were unable to hit many of the open three-point shots that were given to them by poor rotation on the part of the Hoyas. 

So on the eve of the Hoyas West Coast battle with the Washington Huskies, several questions remain. 

Will Julian Vaughn and Henry Sims be able to have an impact offensively in games verses major opponents?  Can a freshman step up and deliver for the Hoyas on the big stage?  Was Chris Wright’s game versus Butler an abnormality?  Can Austin Freeman continue to hit three-point shots like that in big games?  Will Jason Clark continue to step up his game?  Has Greg Monroe arrived or did his potential just visit?

While Butler provided the Hoyas a challenge in discipline, the Washington Huskies will provide Georgetown with a test in athleticism and potent scoring. Very rarely does a team posses a duo of 20-point scores like this year’s Huskies.

Senior forward Quincy Pondexter is a legitimate NBA talent (albeit a likely late first round/early second round pick) and the Huskies backcourt is as athletic and nearly as talented as the one the Hoyas faced the last three years in Big East action versus Marquette. 

For that reason, smart decision making will be necessary as the Hoyas look to prove that their backcourt trio (juniors Chris Wright and Austin Freeman along with sophomore Jason Clark) is ready for the national scene. Remember, both Wright and Freeman were McDonald’s All American’s and all three were WCAC and Washington Post Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year award recipients.

In the end, this game will again depend on whether or not sophomore sensation Greg Monroe is up to the task of domination. The Huskies do not have a dominant inside presence to battle the big guy if he is playing with the same desire he possessed in the Butler game. 

If he can deliver another 20 point, 10 rebound performance and Chris Wright can find his outside jump shot, the Georgetown Hoyas should pass their first exam week with flying colors (win or lose, the Hoyas cannot overlook a Harvard team that has already defeated Boston College or an Old Dominion team that defeated the Hoyas several years ago). 

If not, then they will head into Big East play with questions conference play may not answer kindly.      

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