The first big announcement of the summer came Monday morning for Georgetown fans, as ESPN reported that the Blue and Gray have officially locked up their first recruit of the Class of 2013 in forward Stephen Domingo.
A junior at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius High, Domingo chose Georgetown over Harvard, Stanford, UCLA and Washington. ESPN ranks him No. 28 in the Class of 2013, while Rivals.com places him at No. 29.
Domingo has drawn comparisons to former Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson, due to, well, everything about him. At 6-foot-7 and 200 lbs. with a silky three-point stroke, Domingo already looks like Thompson reincarnate on the court. His status as an academically talented West Coast product will only inspire more comparisons. For his part, the high school junior appears to be looking forward to filling that role.
“With my shooting ability, they put defenses in a position where I’ll get a shot or it’s easy to get a shot coming up or getting a back-door cut,” Domingo told ESPN.com. “They’ll make my shooting ability easy to play out of, and they have a great tradition with NBA guys.”
Domingo’s signing filled the Hoyas’ final scholarship slot. Because he won’t arrive on the Hilltop until Fall 2013, Georgetown could still theoretically sign another player for next year. However, this would require a player to transfer or declare for the draft following the 2012-2013 season.
Here’s a highlight reel of the newest member of the Hilltop family, courtesy of our friends over at Casual Hoya. Probably the most impressive part about Domingo’s game is his ability to get a shot off against tight defense; every other play in that highlight clip features a gorgeous fallaway jumper or double-clutch leaner. While his jumper is a bit unorthodox — mechanically, it’s actually closer to Reggie Miller’s than Hollis Thompson’s — he clearly makes it work.
So while today’s announcement will have zero effect on the outcome of the 2012-13 season, Hoyas fans still have reason to rejoice — a top-30 recruit is nothing to sneeze at.
Especially if he’s the second coming of Hollis Thompson.