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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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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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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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Future Suddenly Looks Uncertain for DSR, Georgetown

Georgetown announced that junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera would declare for the NBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Smith-Rivera will hire an agent according to the school’s press release, which means that he will be ineligible to play for the Hoyas next season. Some quick breakdowns of the development are below.

A Surprising Decision

Smith-Rivera impressed in his three years on the Hilltop, earning a spot on an all-conference team after each season – All-Rookie

File Photo: Julia Hennrikus/ The Hoya Junior guard and co-captain D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will not return for his senior season, leaving Georgetown short of backcourt options.

File Photo: Julia Hennrikus/ The Hoya
Junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera will not return for his senior season, leaving Georgetown short of backcourt options.

as a freshman, Second Team as a sophomore and First Team as a junior. He averaged 16.2 points per game last season and could have conceivably been the fourth player in school history to score 2,000 career points if he had stayed for his senior season (Patrick Ewing, Sleepy Floyd and Alonzo Mourning are the only Hoyas to have done so).

Although Smith-Rivera has shown the ability to dominate at the collegiate level, his pro prospects are murkier. DraftExpress.com ranks Smith-Rivera as the 61st junior in the country and NBADraft.net has him as the 32nd junior. After the news broke this afternoon, ESPN draft expert Chad Ford tweeted that Smith-Rivera was the first person outside of his top 100 prospects to declare (freshman forward Isaac Copeland ranks 66th on that list).

With that said, most of the knocks on Smith-Rivera are more related to his physical abilities than his skill-set. Another year at Georgetown wasn’t going to make Smith-Rivera three inches taller, and given the fact that Smith-Rivera is already 22, the case can be made that it makes sense for him to start his pro career sooner rather than later. Continue reading

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Wilson, Taft Top List of (Hypothetical) Targets for Coach Thompson

No place blends basketball and politics quite like Georgetown. Who among the student body hasn’t paused his or her episode of the West Wing in order to head to the Verizon Center? One question, therefore, dominates the thoughts and conversations of everyone on campus: Which former president would Head Coach John Thompson III have recruited?

As it turns out, JTIII has two top targets. Our experts are on the scene to share their scouting reports.

Honorable Mention : John F. Kennedy — 6’0” G

Molly O’Connell: Simply put, he has the right personality for this team. Much like the Hoyas, JFK was generally well liked, but horrifyingly inconsistent. The way he handled the Cuban Missile Crisis was pretty awesome, kind of like absolutely destroying No. 4 Villanova. Rumor has it the White House staff stormed the situation room after the Soviets folded. The Bay of Pigs on the other hand reminds me of losing to Villanova by 16 three weeks after beating them by 20.

Woodrow Wilson — 5’11” G

Russell Guertin: Wilson, the 13th President of Princeton, would quickly mesh into the Princeton offense. Plus, Thompson always loves supporting his alma mater.

Dillon Mullan: Wilson, like JTIII, has strong ties to Princeton. He already knows the offense.

William Howard Taft — 5’11” C

Maddie Auerbach: Considering that Thompson loves having big senior center Josh Smith on the court, I don’t see why he also wouldn’t favor another 300-pounder. Though Taft’s 5’11” stature doesn’t compare to Smith’s 6’10” height, Taft would dominate the paint in a similar way that we’ve seen Smith do all season long. As long as Taft doesn’t commit 3-second violations as frequently as he gets stuck in bathtubs, I think that JTIII would instantly pick up our most obese president in a throwback draft.

Tyler Park: Thompson would have recruited William Howard Taft. It’s clear from his use of Josh Smith that Coach knows how to use a massive big man on the block. Taft might be limited to only about 11 minutes per game, but he would be a force under the basket.

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