On Tuesday, the Georgetown Hoyas received some damaging news in which a diagnosis on the knee injury to Greg Whittington came back disappointing.
Whittington suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and he could miss the entire 2013-14 season. Initially, the Hoyas have refused to rule Whittington out for the entire year, but that’s obvious given its off-season timing.
Just this past season as a sophomore, Whittington averaged 12.1 points per game, but he was ruled academically ineligible which forced him to miss most of Big East play. The 6-foot-8 forward was absent in a total of 19 games in 2013.
With the loss of Otto Porter Jr., who made the decision to leave school early and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, Whittington had major expectations of helping ease the Hoyas’ transition moving forward. Porter Jr., who might not drop any lower than No. 3 in next week’s draft, is not someone who you can obviously just replace. However, Whittington could certainly have eased the load moving forward.
Now however, Georgetown will face a monumental task in replacing both Porter and Whittington, who may or may not return next season. It will be interesting to see how the Hoyas monitor Whittington’s rehabilitation process, considering they would have the option to redshirt him if his timetable to return does not coincide with a possible return.
Either way, it’s a difficult blow for the Hoyas, but it’s one that shouldn’t ruin their expectations all that much. Georgetown will of course be talented and we have consistently learned in year’s past to never doubt what the Hoyas can do.
Tough break overall though for Whittington.
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