Katz Places Hoyas 21st in Preseason Rankings

John Thompson III

John Thompson III

Andy Katz of ESPN predicted that the Hoyas would be ranked 21st to start the 2010-2011 College Basketball season.

Here’s what Katz had to say about the Hoyas:

“21. Georgetown: The Hoyas had to drop because of the early departure of Greg Monroe, who averaged 16 points and 10 boards and was one of the best passing big men in the country. But let’s not cry for the Hoyas. The backcourt of Chris Wright and Austin Freeman returns (I remember more big games from Freeman last season than from Monroe). Jason Clark also emerged as another scoring threat and JT3 brings in a top-20 recruiting class. We will see if Hollis Thompson and Julian Vaughn can be more consistent scorers. Georgetown had no excuse for its poor performance against Ohio in the first round of the tournament, but that humbling defeat and now the departure of Monroe should motivate this crew even more.”

The only other Big East teams Katz ranked ahead of the Hoyas were Pittsburgh (7th), Villanova (8th) and Syracuse (17th), without any other Big East teams in the Top 25.

Read the rest of Katz’s column here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=5179956