LAST SEASON: 24-8; lost in NCAA second round.
GOODBYE TO: f David Wingate: g Michael Jackson; c Ralph Dalton; g Horace Broadnax.
SUPPORTING GAST: f Ronnie Highsmith; g/f Perry McDonald; c Jonathan Edwards.
INTRODUCING: g Dwayne Bryant, New Orleans Player of the Year; g Mark Tillmon, D.C. Player of the Year; f Anthony Allen. Mr. Basketball of Texas.
SEE YOU IN THE SUPERDOME IF: The freshmen learn the ropes while Reggie Williams carries the team.
Reggie Williams plays four positions superbly for the Hoyas, and his versatility does not end there. He does a hysterical imitation of his mother, Gloria, screaming at him when he was an 11-year-old in East Baltimore: "Reggie, no basketball in the house! Take that ball and go outside!"
Williams admits that he "used to dribble the ball all over the house, bounce it off the walls—do all those guard things," until his bladelike body stopped behaving like a guard's. By the time he was a senior at Dunbar High he was 6'7" and a consensus All-America forward.
All that dribbling in the den helped when Williams got to Georgetown. With coach John Thompson's frontcourt overcrowded with talent, Williams was soon doing those guard things again. As a freshman point guard he poured in 22 points at Syracuse while holding a guy named Pearl to 12. Since then, Williams has played big guard and small forward, and has rebounded like a power forward.
As the Hoyas' only senior—and last season's leading scorer and rebounder—Williams figures he'll be more of a leader this season. But leadership can be overrated. "I can lead," Thompson says. "That's what I'm paid for. What I need from Reggie is production, especially with the three-point shot." That kind of talk makes Williams's eyes light up.
The Hoyas' second-leading scorer among those returning is Jonathan Edwards, whose average was an underwhelming 4.1 points per game. "Reggie is the least of my concerns," said Thompson at an early practice. Out on the court freshman Dwayne Bryant worked on penetration moves. Could Bryant start the season at point guard? Thompson wouldn't say. Who then, if not Bryant? Said Thompson with a twinkle in his eye, "I've always got Reggie."