Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Five players to watch for in Wednesday's Georgetown/DePaul game

                                   Photo Credit: Damon Warren

With BIG EAST conference play kicking off Wednesday night, here are five players who could make an impact in the Georgetown/DePaul game:

1) Georgetown guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera:

After taking a pass on the NBA Draft last season, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's value to the Georgetown Hoyas has been invaluable thus far.

Smith-Rivera leads the Hoyas in points per game with 15.0, to go along with 3.7 assists.

In Georgetown's 62-59 win at Charlotte on Dec. 22 to snap a two-game losing streak, Smith-Rivera proved to be ineffective at times going 0-for-4 from long range, but managed to finish with 11 points and three steals.

The Hoyas will need more offensive production from the senior guard if they want to knock off DePaul on the road.

2) DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr:

Billy Garrett bounced back after a sub-par performance against Northwestern on Dec. 19 with a 20 points on 8-of-11 from the field to go along with seven assists in a 82-61 win over then No. 20 George Washington on Dec. 22.

After being swept in the season series last year and dropping four of the last five games against Georgetown, Garrett and DePaul will be out to build a new winning streak.

3) Georgetown forward Isaac Copeland:

As the team's second-leading rebounder at 4.9 per game, Isaac Copeland has been a force up front for the Hoyas.

Copeland's value as a scorer is valued as much as his rebounding with 12.2 PPG and will look to go five straight games in double figures.

Despite starting the season at 7-5, consistency has been the one of the bigger pluses for the Hoyas as L.J. Peak, Smith-Rivera, Marcus Derrickson, Copeland and Bradley Hayes have been used as the same staring lineup all season.

4) DePaul guard Aaron Simpson:

The Blue Demons' product of a balanced attack on offense paid off in the George Washington win last Tuesday as Aaron Simpson finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The senior guard has proven to be an alternative option for production as the last three games have been a breakout with 14.7 PPG and an impressive 10-of-21 from three-point range.

5) Georgetown center Bradley Hayes:

After seeing little playing time in the first three seasons. Bradley Hayes is an example of patience paying off as the Hoyas' starting center.

Hayes has excelled and then some, with a team-high 8.3 rebounds this season and produced double-digit boards in four of the last five games.

Game Planner:

Georgetown at DePaul

Time: Wednesday, 8 p.m. CT

TV/Online: FS1/Fox Sports Go

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