February 15, 2007

Rivers focused on contributing

February 15, 2007 - The Hoya Nation is well aware of freshman DaJuan Summers' emergence as a budding force in the Big East, while the steady and increasingly turnover-light play of junior Jonathan Wallace and his backcourt mate Jessie Sapp has become a prime topic .

Though he's only averaging 1.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, and close to one assist per contest in 12.1 minutes of play, the play of freshman Jeremiah Rivers may need to be recognized, as he could be a key component of any postseason run by Georgetown.

How you ask? Largely out of necessity, as the Hoyas have only two other players capable of being primary ball handlers on the roster - Wallace and Sapp - both of whom average around 31 minutes a game.

In tournament play, which will not only include the Big East's season culminating event but any subsequent national opportunity earned, guards have to stay fresh despite back to back games or contests separated by just a day. That kind of schedule, along with the pressure to succeed and defensive focus faced, can magnify the importance of roster depth, which can be nowhere more important then in the backcourt.

Rivers understands the need, and embraces his role. "They (Sapp and Wallace) are out there hustling the whole game; you know what I'm saying? Sometimes they get tired or get in foul trouble, like last night (a 66-52 victory over DePaul)" said Jeremiah, during a recent mid-season media event held at the school's McDonough Arena.

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