In college basketball’s off-season, “no news is good news” so whenever there is a widespread story about a college basketball player, it is normal to assume the worst. Unfortunately for Georgetown basketball fans, the worst case scenario came true on Tuesday afternoon.
It was widely reported on Monday evening that Georgetown forward Greg Whittington had injured his left knee during the previous week, but Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources including ESPN’s Jeff Goodman confirmed that Whittington’s injury was a torn ACL. As you would expect, this diagnosis means the likely end to the 2013-2014 season for Whittington before it even begins, and that comes on the heels of a rocky 2012-2013 campaign for the forward.
Whittington played only 13 games as a sophomore due to being declared academically ineligible on January 12th, and his return was one of the headlines of the upcoming season for Georgetown. In those 13 games, Whittington averaged 12.1 points (on 45% FG) and 7.0 rebounds in 35 minutes per contest, and he was one of the most valuable supporting players around star Otto Porter.
In Whittington’s absence (and after Porter’s departure), Georgetown will turn to veterans like Markel Starks and Nate Lubick, but the possible impact that the 6-foot-8 forward could have made on the wing will be felt. Head coach John Thompson III was quick to announce that there was “no specific timetable for his return”, but while that leaves the door cracked for a late-season return, it would be a surprise to see him resurface before the 2014-2015 season.