Jabril Trawick's rugged style anchors Georgetown's defense

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Sports,College,Craig Stouffer,Georgetown University

Count Jabril Trawick among those who can't wait for Georgetown to get to Philadelphia. The next visit the sophomore guard makes to his hometown, when the Hoyas meet Florida Gulf Coast in the second round of the NCAA tournament, is almost certain to go better than his previous one.

Georgetown last played at Wells Fargo Center only two weeks ago, suffering a 67-57 upset at the hands of Villanova, snapping what had been an 11-game winning streak. Trawick was one of three Hoyas to foul out of the contest and had four turnovers, cancelling out his contribution of five assists and one steal.

"I definitely want to redeem myself from last time went to Philly against Villanova," Trawick said. "It was definitely a weird game with a lot of fouls called. We didn't get much fouls. But that's in the past. We're ready. We face a different team."

Trawick, however, is still going to be the same: a rugged player who in many ways has become the heart and soul of the Georgetown defense. He's also a crucial, if understated, contributor on offense.

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No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Fla. Gulf Coast
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Where » Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
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A product of his upbringing in the neighborhoods of West Philadelphia, Trawick exudes attitude on the court. A strong and quick 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, he gets assigned by Hoyas coach John Thompson III to guard the opposition's best scorer in the backcourt or on the wing. Trawick has a knack for making it clear when a play has gone his way with flexing muscles and primal screams, often in a direction as close as possible to his opponents.

His rejection of a driving Sean Kilpatrick's shot after the whistle in Georgetown's Big East quarterfinal win over Cincinnati had Cashmere Wright jawing at him as the teams broke for their huddles. While Trawick admittedly flirted with a technical foul, it was worth it to unsettle the Bearcats' two leading scorers.

"I'm going to play how I play regardless," Trawick said. "That's my game. But at the same time, I've got to be smart. I don't want to get into no trouble with the referees or stuff like that. But if dudes are going to get into their feelings, that's a plus for us."

Trawick, who inherited his starting job when Greg Whittington was lost to academic suspension, also proved he's got to be guarded on the 3-point line with a pair of long jumpers against Cincinnati and 11 points in Georgetown's regular-season finale dismantling of Syracuse.

Thompson has praised Trawick's ability to penetrate and find shooters and has cited his development as part of the reason why Georgetown has been able to improve over the course of the year. It makes a repeat performance in from the first Philadelphia trip, where Georgetown was whistled for 27 personal fouls to 12 for the Wildcats, feel unlikely.

"Coach let me do me," Trawick said. "He knows me bringing the toughness, it helps the team out. It gets everybody motivated. I take pride in that, in being tough, doing the little things, getting the team motivated so the coach, he let me go."

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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