Back in June, it became known that Georgetown forward Greg Whittington suffered a torn ACL that could sideline him for most (or all) of the 2013-2014 college hoops season. On Tuesday, that unfortunate thought became closer to reality with some statements from Georgetown head coach John Thompson III.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports that Thompson was fairly somber in discussing Whittington by giving this quote:
“We’re not planning on it. We’re preparing as if Greg will not play.”
That’s about as plain as it gets, but it doesn’t make it any easier for the Hoyas program on the court this season. In 2012-2013, Whittington averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and the 6-foot-8 forward was expected to make another jump in his junior season. His presence leaves a significant hole up front for Georgetown, in what is presumed to be a transitional year after the loss of star forward Otto Porter to the NBA.
In the midst of this negativity, there is a small beacon of light in that Whittington can apply for (and would very likely receive) a medical redshirt, allowing him to play 2 more full seasons in DC with the Hoyas. It’s a minor win, but that is likely what the situation is relegated to for JT3 and Georgetown this season.