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Greg Whittington Key to Georgetown Hoyas Chances in Legends Classic

Rafael Suanes-US Presswire

With less than 30 seconds left in the first half against the Liberty Flames on Wednesday, Georgetown Hoyas forward Greg Whittington drove down the lane and delivered a beautiful finger roll to the hoop, putting his team up 41-25.

Later Whittington was fouled on a spin move to the basket.  He didn’t make the shot, but he did make a statement: time to unleash some offense.

Emerging as an offensive threat on a team known for defense, Whittington may be the Hoyas wild card going into the Legends Classic championship round against the UCLA Bruins.

“Greg can do a lot of different things. He has that responsibility slash burden to do a lot of different things, so I don’t think it’s any more a surprise to look and see he scored points today than it was to look and see that he had 15 rebounds after the last game” said Hoyas Coach John Thompson III.

Indeed, Whittington displayed his versatility on the way to scoring a career-high 18 points in the 68-59 victory over Liberty.

The sophomore averaged 4.3 points per game last year.  He scored 15 against Duquesne in the home opener.

“He’s going to have to do a lot of things to show up on the stat sheet, as well as a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” said Thompson. “I thought our communication tonight on defense was not good…but Greg has a very good feel, he sees, he knows what he’s supposed to be doing and he knows what everyone else is supposed to be doing, so that’s something he has to do also.”

Merlisa blogs about Georgetown and Big East basketball.  Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa