Georgetown Coach John Thompson III hasn't offered a detailed explanation for inserting freshman Nate Lubick into the starting lineup this week. The reason, though, appears evident: Lubick brings a measure of toughness and tenacity to a team in need of exactly those elements as it aims to climb back into contention in the rugged Big East.
"I want to come in and be somebody who doesn't back down from anyone, who's going to get after it on both ends of the floor, who's going to bring a sense of toughness and pride to the program," Lubick said. "When it comes to basketball, it's all business for me."
When Lubick commits a foul or sets a screen, he looks to leave a mark. When the power forward pursues a loose ball, he'll sprawl on the floor if necessary. And when he's in the lane, his 6-foot-9, 238-pound frame causes opponents to think twice about venturing there.