The Georgetown University men's basketball team enters the 2013-14 season with veteran leadership and experienced players after a 2012-13 season that saw the team finish with a 25-7 record and win the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship.
Head Coach John Thompson III, entering his 10th season on the Hilltop, has faced that question year after year - how do you replace someone? And each year, Thompson and his team have found a way to respond, witnessed by reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons and seven of the last nine overall.
Georgetown will turn to its upperclassmen to lead the way this season, where senior guard Markel Starks and do-everything forward Nate Lubick return as the most experienced players on the team.
Starks will be joined in the backcourt by sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and that duo will form a guard pair that, arguably, is one of the best in the BIG EAST Conference. Two other starters from last year should be back in those spots again, with junior center Mikael Hopkins and junior guard Jabril Trawick.