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Class of 2016 Guard Jagan Mosely Commits to Georgetown

Georgetown added the first member to its 2016 recruiting class on Monday night when Jagan Mosely, a 6-foot-3-inch shooting guard from New Jersey, announced his commitment to the Hoyas on Twitter.

Mosely is considered a three-star prospect and is ranked No. 115 and No. 196 in his class by Rivals and 24/7 Sports, respectively. He chose Georgetown over offers from Harvard, Northwestern, Xavier and Rhode Island, among others.

In the tweet announcing his decision, Mosely Photoshopped senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s number-four jersey onto his chest. It was a fitting choice given that Mosely will arrive on the Hilltop immediately after the departure of Smith-Rivera and will likely compete for some of the minutes vacated by the senior captain.

Mosely’s athleticism is readily apparent from watching him on his mixtape. With a 6-foot-9 wingspan, he is a defender who no player wishes to draw the attention of, and his speed and jumping ability make him a spark on the open floor. The Jersey City native’s offensive game is still developing — ESPN writes that he needs to work on his ball handling and that his jump shot is a work in progress.

Mosely is entering his senior season at St. Anthony’s High School, a perennial New Jersey powerhouse coached by Bob Hurley, father of Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley and Rhode Island Head Coach Danny Hurley. The guard reportedly sports a 4.2 GPA and is at the top of his class academically.

The commitment offers some clarity going forward for Georgetown at the guard position.

The Hoyas should be fine — although slightly thin — on the perimeter this coming season, but the graduation of Smith-Rivera will free up plenty of minutes in the 2016-17 season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Georgetown add another guard to the Mosely’s class, and Bruce Brown, the No. 55 player in the country according to ESPN, reportedly has an official visit to the Hilltop scheduled for Sept. 3rd.

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Men’s Basketball Schedule Includes Big Name Opponents, Renewed Rivalries

Last year, Georgetown basketball announced its schedule for the 2014-2015 season on September 9. That means Hoya fans still have around a month to wait before knowing the exact details of when and where the team will be in action. Nevertheless, several dates and big-name opponents have been penciled in on Head Coach John Thompson III’s dance card.

First on the list is Radford of the Big South Conference. The Hoyas and Highlanders will meet on Nov. 14 at Verizon Center as part of the regional round of the 2K Classic, a set of games benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The game will have familiar feel, as Radford, (22-12, 12-6 Big South) visited Verizon Center last season as well. Senior forward Aaron Bowen scored 16 points, including a spectacular 360 dunk, which effectively summarized the 76-49 rout.

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/ THE HOYA Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland and his teammates will play against Syracuse, Connecticut and Maryland in the 2015-2016 season.

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/ THE HOYA
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland and his teammates will play against Syracuse, Connecticut and Maryland in the 2015-2016 season.

Three days later, on Nov. 17, JTIII and company will travel across town to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland. The Terrapins finished at 16 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll last season after a 28-7 record and a 14-4 mark in Big Ten. This matchup will be a part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which will include eight games between Big Ten and Big East squads. The local rivals have played 64 times in their history, with the last meeting ending in a 75-48 Georgetown victory in 2008. National media have tipped the 2015-2016 version of Maryland to do great things, so Georgetown will certainly have its hands full this time around.

The 2K Classic will resume on Nov. 20, when Georgetown and national runner-up Wisconsin meet at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas gave the Badgers a true test last season, leading by as much as nine in the second half. This year’s game is one of two in the “championship round,” with national champions Duke and Virginia Commonwealth competing in the other matchup. Georgetown will meet one of those two teams in either the final or consolation game on Nov. 22. Continue reading

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John Thompson Jr. Receives Court of Honor Award

Former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson Jr. has another award to put in his already crowded trophy case.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) bestowed Thompson with the organization’s Court of Honor Award at a gala in New York City this past Wednesday night. It was the sixth Court of Honor Award given out by the NABC, the largest association of basketball coaches in the country, with over 5,000 members from the NCAA down to the high school level.

According to the NABC, the Court of Honor Award is “presented to an individual who has roots in college basketball, values those roots, and has gone on to distinguish himself in his profession, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership.”

In previous years, the award has been given to chairman of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo, former Senator Bill Bradley, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and ESPN analyst Dick Vitale.

Thompson has been a fixture at Georgetown since his hiring in 1972. He served as head coach of the men’s basketball team until 1999 and can still be seen roaming the halls of McDonough Gymnasium and sitting behind the baseline at every home game.

The first African-American coach to win a national championship, Thompson’s influence has long stretched beyond the basketball court. After his retirement, the Washington DC native established the John Thompson Charitable Foundation to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the District.

A crowd of several hundred attended the Wednesday night gala, including Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams, the head coaches at Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina respectively.

Thompson is among the most admired coaches in the history of college basketball, a fact the Court of Honor Award is yet another testament to.

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L.J. Peak Named to USA U19 National Team

(MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA)  Rising sophomore forward L.J. Peak had a number of memorable games in his freshman season, including a dominant 23-point performance in his college debut.

(MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA)
Rising sophomore forward L.J. Peak had a number of memorable games in his freshman season, including a dominant 23-point performance in his college debut.

While most of the Georgetown basketball team is spending summer on the Hilltop taking classes and gearing up for the 2015-2016 season, at least one player will be absent. And unlike last year, when Joshua Smith’s absence led to speculation about his status for the coming season, Georgetown coaches and fans alike will welcome the truancy. USA Basketball announced that sophomore L.J. Peak was among 12 players who had made the U19 national team that will compete in the U19 World Championships from June 27-July 5 in Greece.

Peak and UCLA center Thomas Welsh are the lone college players on the roster. The rest of the 12-man team is comprised of some of the top incoming freshmen and high school players in the country. Arizona’s Sean Miller will coach the team and is joined on the bench by his brother Archie, the head coach at Dayton, and Providence head coach Ed Cooley.

The experience figures to be a valuable one for Peak, who averaged 7.9 points per game and was named to the Big East all-rookie team as a freshman. The South Carolina native has the potential to be the best pure scorer in recent Georgetown history and a summer with the national team will provide training and competition against some of the best talent in the world.

Peak’s shooting from behind the arc is one aspect of his game that Georgetown fans will be sure to keep an eye on in Greece. Peak displayed an uncanny ability to get to the rim and finish throughout his freshman year, but struggled with his three-point shot, making only 24.6% of his attempts. However in the last game of the year – a round of 32 loss to Utah in the NCAA Tournament – Peak was the Hoyas’ best player, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.

If Peak can replicate that effort on a consistent basis this summer with the national team, it would set him up for a monster sophomore campaign. While much of the early hype surrounding next year’s team has involved senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland, it is not implausible to envision Peak morphing into one of the Big East’s most lethal weapons on offense.

Regardless, the opportunity to play for his country and travel to Greece should be a memorable experience for Peak, whose first trip out of the country was to the Bahamas with the Hoyas last Thanksgiving according to CSN Washington. The sophomore will continue to rack up the frequent flyer miles in August when he travels to Italy with the rest of the Georgetown team for a pre-season tour.

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Class of 2017 SG Tyler Foster Commits to Georgetown

Rising junior guard Tyler Foster of Gilman High School in Maryland has committed to Georgetown, marking the first Class of 2017 commitment for Head Coach John Thompson III and his staff. The Baltimore native chose Georgetown over Virginia Commonwealth and Dayton.

Because Foster and his class are still two years away from college, recruiting sites have not yet refined their Class of 2017 rankings. However, ESPN recently listed Foster as a 4-star recruit and the No. 27 shooting guard recruit in the nation in his class.

The 6-foot-5 Foster possesses good size, length and athleticism for the shooting guard position. He is very crafty and is able to attack off the dribble and finish around the rim effectively. In addition, the right-handed guard has the ability to make outside shots, although like many high school players he needs to improve the consistency of his shot.

Foster’s athleticism and length lead scouts to believe that he will develop into an above-average wing defender. Recently, Georgetown has built its roster around this type of player, as recent Hoyas including Jeff Green, Otto Porter Jr. and Hollis Thompson as well as current players like Paul White, L.J. Peak and Isaac Copeland have enjoyed success under Thompson.

Although 2017 is a long way away, it is easy to see where Foster will fit on the Georgetown roster. The current roster has only three guards: senior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomores Peak and Tre Campbell. By the time Foster arrives on the Hilltop, Smith-Rivera will have graduated, and Peak and Campbell will be seniors, if they don’t choose to transfer or leave early to pursue professional careers. In college basketball, a lot can change in a short period of time, but if Foster develops the way scouts expect him to, it is easy to envision him carving out a significant role in Thompson’s rotation.

As a rising junior, Foster’s commitment comes earlier than the majority of high-level basketball prospects. An early commitment means that there is a still a chance that something could change between now and National Signing Day in his senior year, as recruits are not bound to their commitments until they sign their National Letter of Intent.

Still, Foster’s early pledge to Georgetown is encouraging because it shows his desire to be a Hoya. Even though he could have waited and potentially received more scholarship offers, he chose to take himself off the market and commit early. In addition, Thompson’s willingness to tie up a scholarship for Foster that he and his staff are impressed enough by Foster’s game that they would rather lock him up now rather than potentially wait for other recruits.

Foster’s commitment continues a strong run of recruiting for Thompson and his staff. The Hoyas’ highly-regarded five-man 2014 class lived up to its billing in 2014-15, as Campbell, Peak, Copeland and White each delivered significant contributions in their freshman seasons. In addition, the team’s Class of 2015 recruits, center Jessie Govan and forwards Marcus Derrickson and Kaleb Johnson, project to be immediate contributors in 2015-16. With a significant amount of young talent in the fold, the future of the program is bright.

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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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