College Basketball: 3 Sophomores in the Big East Ready to Breakout in 2020

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Qudus Wahab, C – Georgetown:

I feel for Patrick Ewing. Luck hasn’t been on his side regarding roster continuity while coaching his alma mater and he’s nearly back to square one in 2020. The Hall of Fame big man has not struggled to recruit talent to the program, but putting it together on the floor hasn’t gone as smoothly. North Carolina State transfer Omer Yurtseven was supposed to anchor the block and provide a wrinkle in the Hoya offense for Ewing to rely on last season. However, injuries and foul trouble forced the sweet-shooting big-man to miss a lot of action.

The void allowed freshman center Qudus Wahab to see early playing time and showed fans a new emerging talent. Despite playing less than 15 minutes per game, Wahab’s production (5.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 0.9 BPG) rivaled stud freshman Onyeka Okongwu (USC) and Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) on a per minute basis. Going into his second season with the Hoyas, Wahab is a lock to start at center. He won’t be on the losing side of a minutes battle with another highly productive big this season.

Wahab was ultra-effective scoring in the paint last year and has the potential to effectively expand his shooting range this offseason. At 81% around the block and 38% inside the elbow, it’s easy for defenses to collapse on him and force him to shoot shots he isn’t comfortable with. However, the Hoyas are likely to return Mac McClung, Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair on the perimeter giving Wahab all the room he needs to win the rebounding battle and capitalize on his post-position. Given the large projected increase in minutes, Wahab has the chance to average a double-double and around 2 blocks per game this year.

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