Recruiting Update: Three New Names Consider Georgetown

Since the last recruiting update, Nigel Williams-Goss has committed to Gonzaga, Anton Gill signed up for Nebraska, Anthony Collins went to Texas A&M and North Carolina landed Kenny Williams. Gill nearly rejoined former teammate Akoy Agau on the Hilltop, but instead will play in Lincoln, NE. The Hoyas were 0-4.

Now a new group of names has appeared in connection to Georgetown basketball, including a former commit, a 6’9” forward and another graduate transfer guard from the state of Florida.

F Noah Dickerson

A four-star recruit in the class of 2015, Dickerson committed to Georgetown back in May 2014. He had a change of heart, however, and chose to sign with Billy Donovan at Florida. Of course, Donovan has since left Florida for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. Dickerson has been released from his commitment to the Gators.

According to Casual Hoya, Georgetown is very much in the mix to land its former target. As a 6’8” forward, Dickerson would add depth to a roster that already includes sophomores Paul White and Isaac Copeland and junior Akoy Agau.

F Johnathan Williams III

Williams III played his freshman and sophomore years at Missouri and will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play for Georgetown. He averaged about 12 points and seven rebounds a game last season, starting all 32 games for Missouri. Williams III also showed the ability to play from the outside with Missouri. He attempted 64 three-pointers last season, hitting several in a 22-point performance against Oklahoma State.

Head Coach John Thompson III and Georgetown hosted Williams III yesterday, though the forward also stopped by Southern Methodist a week ago. Gonzaga and Michigan State are also competing for the transfer.

G Eli Carter

A 6’2” guard from Florida, Carter played at Louisville before heading to Gainesville. Now he is immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He played in 28 games last season, averaging 8.8 ppg and shooting 30.5% from beyond the arc. Over half of his field goals were threes. The guard suffered broke his leg in his junior season, from which some believe he never recovered.

Georgetown is, of course, short on guard depth. While Carter doesn’t offer the upside of Nigel Williams-Goss or Kenny Williams, the Hoyas could use more bodies in the backcourt to replace the minutes and impact of Jabril Trawick. Clemson and Boston College are also interested in Carter, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

 

 

 

 

 

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THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for May 15

Track & Field:

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Although the Georgetown outdoor track and field teams swept the 4×800 meter events and grabbed two individual titles at the 2015 Big East Championships, the Hoyas finished fourth out of seven teams on the men’s side and fifth of eight teams on the women’s side.

The Villanova Wildcats won the meet on both the men’s and women’s sides, scoring 243 and 247 points, respectively. Marquette came in second for both teams with 183 points for the men and 138 points for the women. DePaul (164), Georgetown (114), Xavier (68), Providence (53) and Butler (23) rounded out the rest of the men’s field, while St. John’s (130), DePaul (124), Georgetown (72), Providence (62), Butler (45) and Xavier (35) made up the remainder of the women’s rankings.

 

Baseball:

The Georgetown baseball team (24-24, 7-8 Big East) had an exciting yet exhausting weekend at home against the Butler Bulldogs (21-29, 6-9 Big East), winning the last two games 12-5 and 15-12 on 22 and 18 hits, respectively. Unfortunately, the fatigue from the slugfest rolled over to Tuesday’s game, when the Hoyas were defeated by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (31-16, 13-8 America East) by a score of 4-1 in Baltimore.

“I think it was a direct correlation between the [past] weekend and this,” Head Coach Pete Wilk said. “I think our kids are spent.”

The Hoyas recorded only five hits in their final nonconference game of the regular season. Junior designated hitter Nick Collins recorded two of those hits while four other players reached base twice. The challenge was getting those players across the plate as Georgetown stranded 11 runners on base.

 

Softball: 

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

It was the kind of moment every kid dreams about. Even if it had been scripted, it could not have been much better. With three outs to go, Georgetown senior pitcher Megan Hyson retired the last three Seton Hall batters in order to complete a no-hitter and record her final win, a performance that brought meaning back to a largely forgettable season for Georgetown softball.

Hyson led the Blue and Gray (15-32, 5-14 Big East) to a 7-1 victory to close out the season, striking out six batters and recording only one walk en route to the second no-hitter of her career. But she did not even realize how good she had been until the game was over.

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Hyson Throws No-Hitter in Final Start of Her Career

Senior pitcher Megan Hyson has enjoyed a spectacular career at Georgetown and she ended it in a fitting way, pitching a no-hitter in the Georgetown softball team’s (15-32, 5-14 Big East) 7-1 victory over Seton Hall (24-27, 10-10 Big East) in South Orange, N.J.

Hyson retired six consecutive batters in the first two innings. Seton Hall scored its only run in the bottom of the third inning, when junior left fielder Jackie DiPietro drew a walk and stole second base. DiPietro scored when senior second baseman Sam DeMasi reached on an error. From the fourth inning on, Hyson retired 12 consecutive Pirate batters to finish her no-hitter and clinch the victory for the Hoyas.

On offense, the Hoyas struck early before further bolstering their lead in the later innings. In the first inning, freshman left fielder Theresa Kane led off the game with a single. Junior second baseman Samantha Giovanniello followed with a two-run home run to

File Photo: Julia Hennrikus/ the Hoya Senior pitcher Megan Hyson ended her career with a no-hitter in Georgetown's 7-1 win over Seton Hall.

File Photo: Julia Hennrikus/ the Hoya
Senior pitcher Megan Hyson ended her career with a no-hitter in Georgetown’s 7-1 win over Seton Hall.

center field, giving Georgetown a lead that it would never relinquish.

In addition to her standout pitching, Hyson showed her ability as a two-way player by contributing to the Hoyas’ offense. In the third inning, Kane singled, stole second and advanced to third on an error before Hyson drove her in with a fielder’s choice. Hyson also contributed a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning before Georgetown mounted a sixth inning rally to establish an insurmountable lead.

Junior shortstop Grace Appelbe doubled to lead off the inning. Sophomore catcher Gabriela Elvina and junior third baseman Taylor Henry followed with singles, the latter of which drove in Appelbe. After a groundout, Ramsey and Kane added two more singles, scoring Elvina. Hyson completed the rally by knocking in freshman pinch runner Payton Lawton with an RBI single.

Hyson wrapped up an outstanding four years with one of the best games of her career. She struck out six to finish her senior season with 182 total strikeouts, good for second in the Big East.

In her illustrious pitching career, Hyson recorded an ERA of 3.15, starting 78 games and completing 54 of them. In 610 1/3 innings, she struck out 596 batters and walked only 252. At the plate, she manages 142 hits in her career, including 27 doubles, four triples and 15 home runs. She scored 77 runs and drove in 81 more.

Hyson, along with fellow seniors pitcher Lauren O’Leary and right fielder Sophia Gargicevich-Almeida, will be sorely missed by a Georgetown program that has experienced its highest levels of success over the past four years. Head Coach Pat Conlan will look to improve upon a disappointing season next year by relying on a number of younger players, including Kane, Giovanniello and Appelbe. The pitching staff will be headlined by freshman Avery Geehr, who showed considerable promise in her debut season.

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Lacrosse To Face No. 3 Denver For Big East Championship

After finishing a 2014 campaign that ended with a disappointing 4-10 record and no bids to the postseason, the men’s lacrosse team was eager to start the road to redemption in 2015 with a group of talented incoming freshmen and experienced upperclassmen.

The team has certainly come a long way — after climbing into the national polls, toppling several ranked opponents, and finally clinching a spot in the conference tournament, the Hoyas are ready to achieve the goal they’ve had since 2014: to be the top team in the Big East.

Second-seeded No. 12 Georgetown (10-5, 4-1 Big East) beat third-seeded Marquette (10-6, 3-2 Big East) for the second time this season in the semifinal game of the tournament. The Hoyas outlasted the Golden Eagles by establishing an early lead, scoring four unanswered goals in the first period. Senior midfielder Anthony Heaton helped Georgetown dominate possession throughout the game by coming up with a career-high 16-of-22 faceoffs in the effort.

Tonight, Georgetown will face top seed No. 3 Denver (12-2, 5-0 Big East) in the championship game. Denver is undefeated against Big East teams since it joined the conference last season and is the defending conference champion.

The first matchup between the teams this season during conference play ended in a 19-7 victory for Denver after it went on an 11-goal run between the first and second quarters. Georgetown struggled immensely to win faceoffs, only coming up with 2-of-30 between five different Hoyas at the X.

Heaton will need to ride his momentum at the X, as Denver freshman midfielder and FOGO Trevor Baptiste currently leads the country in faceoffs, recording a .721 win percentage.

The game is slated for 7:30 at Villanova Stadium and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.

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Soccer Recap: Everton Outshines Top Clubs in Sunday Fixtures

There were only two games in the Premier League on Sunday, but what entertainment they provided. We’ll get to Everton’s glorious victory in a moment, but first comes the exciting and then horribly boring draw between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates.

It’s not often in the EPL that two managers hate each other to the extent that Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger do. Tactically, ideologically and personally they carry so much enmity that in their October fixture at Stamford Bridge, the fourth official had to separate them after a physical altercation in the technical area. Mourinho carried in a career twelve-match unbeaten record against Wenger’s Arsenal. If viewers were expecting fireworks on Sunday, then they don’t know Mourinho’s tactics (i.e.: parking the bus) very well. However, the first half provided a rash of penalty decisions for head official Michael Oliver, all of which he denied.

It’s unfortunate for neutrals that he refused to give any, as the 0-0 score line led to an awfully drab second half, devoid of many real chances for either side. The only real exciting event after halftime came in Mourinho’s postgame presser, when he responded to Arsenal fans chanting about his “boring” Chelsea team by saying, “I think boring is 10 years without a title – that’s boring.” Mourinho can be snide, but hints at a real problem here; Arsenal seemed content with a draw, with climbing up to second or third in the table rather than challenging for the title, as they used to.

The day’s first game, however, saw plenty of goals from a team that has been seriously lacking in confidence this season. After Everton’s exit from the Europa League after a 2-5 loss to Dynamo Kiev, results have significantly improved, culminating in Sunday’s 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United. Roberto Martinez redeemed himself with a fantastic game plan, finally deviating from his intricate passing style to man-mark in the midfield and concede over 65 percent of the possession to the Red Devils. James McCarthy was stellar in defensive midfield and Gareth Barry kept ex-Everton star Marouane Fellaini frustrated and out of the match. Two devastating counterattacking moves, as well as a beautiful John Stones headed finish, were enough for the Toffees to take all three points and hop into the top half of the table. Aaron Lennon was once again outstanding and blisteringly quick in attack, and for a team which had been in danger of being dragged into the relegation scrap just a few weeks ago, there is once again real hope both in the remaining fixtures and the coming transfer window.

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Recruiting Update: Top Guard Targets

While most of the varsity sports on the Hilltop wrap up their seasons and the student body celebrated Georgetown Day, the men’s basketball coaching staff is already hot on the recruiting trail for next year. The team currently has one open scholarship spot open and is seeking to fill it with a guard via a transfer or graduate school recruit. Casual Hoya, a Georgetown fan site, has been posting about a couple of Georgetown’s top targets. Let’s take a look at each:

Anton Gill (6’3” sophomore guard, Louisville):

Gill was an elite scorer with great verticality coming out of high school (he was ranked #48 in the country by ESPN, ahead of the Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine). At Louisville, his minutes stagnated, and he couldn’t crack the rotation. He announced his intention to transfer at the end of March. He played high school basketball with Isaac Copeland and college basketball with Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau so he has serious connections to the Hoyas. Gill took an official visit about a week ago but would have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules.

Anthony Collins (6’1” graduate point guard, South Florida):

Collins is a defensive-minded point guard (averaged 1.5 steals per game last year) who also has a great playmaking capacity. Hoyas could really use another point guard so DSR can spend more minutes at his natural off-guard position. Since Collins would be a 5th year graduate-transfer, he would be immediately eligible. Per Jon Rothstein of CBS, Collins has cut his list down to Georgetown, Tennessee and Baylor, but Texas A&M has recently gotten into the mix.

Nigel Williams-Goss (6’3 “sophomore guard, Washington):

Williams-Goss is easily one of the best transfers available. He averaged 15.6 points 5.9 assists, and 4.7 rebounds a game during 2014-2015 season while being named to the All Pac-12 team. Williams-Goss is a well-rounded player who would be a huge boost for the Hoyas should they recruit him. Even though he would sit out a year, Williams-Goss would have two seasons to play with the current freshman core of Copeland, Peak, White, and Campbell (a potent combination). Williams-Goss has reportedly narrowed his choices to Georgetown, UNLV, Texas, Michigan State, Arkansas and Gonzaga. Coach Thompson will make an in-home visit with him this week and then Williams-Goss will make an official visit on May 8th.

Kenny Williams (6’3” high school senior guard):

Kenny Williams, ESPN’s #82 player in the country this year was locked into   attending VCU until Shaka Smart left to take the Texas head coaching job and

Williams was released from his letter of intent. Now, his recruitment is wide open with UNC, Michigan, VCU and Virginia looking like frontrunners, but Georgetown, which extended an offer to Williams last year, is still in contention. Williams is a well-rounded scorer, but his value comes from being one of the best shooters in the class of 2015. Williams would be a great addition to the already solid 2015 Georgetown recruiting class.

Any one of these guys would solidify an already strong Georgetown roster that looks poised to challenge even the toughest teams in the Big East.

Class of 2015 guard Kaleb Johnson signs his letter of intent to play for Georgetown next season.

Class of 2015 guard Kaleb Johnson signs his letter of intent to play for Georgetown next season.

In other recruiting news this week, Georgetown commit Kaleb Johnson officially signed his national letter of intent. That means

the 6’6” wing will be joining Jesse Govan and Marcus Derrickson as part of the incoming freshman class. Johnson is a well-

rounded player who will add outside shooting and defense for the Hoyas.

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