Bradley Hayes returns for fifth year

Georgetown center Bradley Hayes (42) is greeted by John Thompson Jr., right, father of Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Washington. Georgetown won 79-72. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The Georgetown men’s basketball team received a significant boost Friday night, with the announcement that 7’0″ senior Bradley Hayes has been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA, and will be returning for the 2016-17 season.

Hayes, last season’s co-captain along with the now-graduated D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, had a breakout campaign, leading the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and adding 8.7 points on 54% shooting per contest. He also drastically increased his minutes played to 21.4 per game, up from 4.1 the previous season.

The announcement came at the annual basketball post-season banquet. Hayes, who was supposed to be giving his senior farewell speech, surprised the team with the news that he would be returning.

The extra year of eligibility was granted because of a medical hardship which Hayes endured his freshman year. The center played only 15 minutes in 9 games that season.

His return now lends more depth and experience to the Hoyas. He adds to a frontcourt which already featured promising sophomore Jessie Govan and junior Akoy Agau.

Along with returning players like Isaac Copeland, L.J. Peak, and Tre Campbell, the Hoyas look set to have an opportunity to improve upon a largely disappointing 2015-16 season. 

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