It was 11 months ago that Patrick Ewing and Georgetown were back on top of the Big East. Another losing season became something very different, the Hoyas pulling off one stunner after another to claim the conference tournament crown for the first time in 14 years.
Then the offseason came, and familiar problems resurfaced. Ewing couldn’t keep his best player on campus. Star big man Qudus Wahab transferred to Maryland. His best transfer, Tre King of Eastern Kentucky, never appeared in a game. And now, less than a year after that crowning achievement at the Garden, it is fair to wonder if Georgetown should make a change.
In Ewing’s fifth season, the Hoyas are clearly the worst team in the Big East, suffering through one of the uglier winters in the program’s 115-year history. They may not win double-digit games for the first time since the 1971-72 season. They are 0-10 in conference play, dropping those 10 contests by an average of 13.5 points, and 6-15 overall. They are ranked 206 by KenPom. That would be the sixth-best ranking in the MAAC.
This year was always going to be a step back, even had Wahab returned and King produced. Georgetown was rebuilding with a top-20 recruiting class. But even more has been asked of the building blocks of that class, five-star guard Aminu Mohammed and four-star center Ryan Mutombo, and the duo have not lived up to expectations. Muhammed, in particular, has struggled in the Big East, averaging 12.4 points on 38.1 percent shooting. This team is last in the Big East in field-goal percentage, last in field -goal percentage defense and last in scoring margin.