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Ewing holding back Jamari Sibley for when he's ready to play

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This offseason, the Georgetown Hoyas pulled in a large recruiting class, admitting five scholarship players to the program. Headlining the class of recruits was four-star Jamari Sibley.

We're only two games into the season and the promising young Sibley has yet to check-in for a game. On a Georgetown team that lost several of the key figures from last year's squad, many pundits and fans assumed that he had the opportunity to have a bigger role on the team. 

His absence from the lineup even led some to guess that he was injured. As it turns out, head coach Patrick Ewing doesn't think he's quite ready to play.

"There's no update," Ewing said on Sibley when asked of an injury update on Friday. "When I think he's ready to play, that's when he'll play."

Sibley played in prep school at Southern Virginia's Oak Hill Academy. It's a boarding school that has recently produced some of the top high school recruits in the country. Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Quinn Cook are notable alums of the school. 

Of players that have enrolled on the Hilltop, Sibley is the third-highest recruit that Ewing has brought in, according to 247 Sports. Sibley was ranked No. 103 in his class, only Jamorko Pickett and James Akinjo were ranked higher. 

The biggest attributes of Sibley's game that could have an immediate impact are his scoring ability and athleticism. Positionally, the 6-foot-8 forward could play at either the three or the four position for the Hoyas. Sibley projects similarly to the spot played by Pickett, who has averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds this year. 

 

Thus far, Ewing has opted to go for a three-guard starting lineup with some variations on the depth chart. Ewing, however, has the confidence of putting fellow freshman and forward Kobe Clark on the floor so far this season.

But until Ewing deems Sibley ready to hit the hardwood, he seems to have a spot reserved on the bench.