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Together, they helped shepherd Georgetown through a season featuring only one losing streak (Jan. 7-9 against West Virginia and Cincinnati) and the program’s best scoring defense (59.4 points per game) in four years.

“We haven’t always had success, but it’s a group that all year fought for each other and cared about each other, and I’m proud to be associated with these guys,” coach John Thompson III said.

There was little incentive to look ahead, but the Hoyas couldn’t be blamed if they quickly embrace the future. Three starters return. Three freshmen, including the impressive Otto Porter, averaged at least 10 minutes.

And those expectations, absent at the start of this season, so often assigned to Georgetown. They’ll be back in October. Oh, they’ll be back. With only one senior on next year’s roster, they’ll be around for some time to come, too.

“I’ve never been a part of something where the younger guys are semi-leaders,” Starks said. “I think for the guys returning, we won’t forget this feeling, because I didn’t forget this feeling from last year. Sure, we would have liked to have moved on, but it is what it is.”