The Georgetown Hoyas are having a tremendous season so far despite their youth. They are one of only four teams in NCAA Division I Basketball to not have a senior on their roster.
The Hoyas have one of the most dynamic players in the country in Otto Porter Jr., who is a Wooden Award candidate as one of the nation’s top performers.
Still any great team needs a “glue guy”, meaning a player that is not worried about stats but does the little things to help his team win that does not necessarily show up in the box scores.
For the Hoyas that player is junior forward Nate Lubick.
The 6’8” junior does a little bit of everything for Head Coach John Thompson III. He rebounds, scores, and is the Hoyas leading assist man averaging 2.9 assists per game.
Anyone that has seen Lubick play though knows where is real value is.
First, he is the son of a coach and has a tremendously high basketball I.Q. That is one of the reasons why he flourishes in Thompson III’s system, which has tons of reads in the variation of the “Princeton Offense.”
Second, he is reliable. He boxes out on virtually every possession, is always in position defensively to help the on-ball defender and communicates all the time too.
Third, he makes winning plays. Lubick will hustle and backtap a ball to his teammate, throw a great interior pass for an open dunk or just keep the ball alive to save a possession for the Hoyas.
He did all of these against the Marquette Golden Eagles the other night and was a big reason that the Hoyas won.
For the Hoyas to continue to be amongst the leaders of the Big East, Lubick will have to continue to do the little things for them.
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