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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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Georgetown Adds Louisville Transfer

The underclassmen on the Georgetown men’s basketball team received a boost on Wednesday when former Louisville power forward Akoy Agau announced that he would be transferring to the Hilltop. Even in the midst of a hectic conference schedule, Head Coach John Thompson III takes time to turn his attention to the more distant future of his program as he brings in the six-foot eight-inch, 230-pounder to help fill the void that will be left by the graduation of center Mikael Hopkins and center Josh Smith come May.

Agau left Louisville this December during the fall semester of his sophomore year so he should be eligible to play for the Hoyas for two and a half seasons starting in the spring semester of 2016. The Omaha, Neb., native found himself stuck behind a talented front court at Louisville and starved for playing time; he only made three appearances this season for a total off 11 minutes that were all in blowout victories over non-conference opponents. As a freshman a season ago, Agau averaged .9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5 minutes per game.

Despite being unable to carve out a spot in the Louisville rotation, Agau should have every opportunity to earn playing time while in Blue and Gray if he can prove his worth on the glass. Smith, Hopkins, senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick, and junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera pull down 58% of the Hoyas rebounds this season, and Smith-Rivera is the only one with a chance to be around to play with the transfer next spring.

While the class of 2018, which Agau would be joining, has certainly proven talented and deep in the early going, the group lacks an inside presence. The unproven center Bradley Hayes will be a senior next season, and he will be joined in the front court by 4-star recruit Jessie Govan, who ESPN rates as the 10th best center in the class of 2019.

Each player fits into John Thompson III’s system differently, but it appears as though Agau would be assuming the Center/Forward combo role that is currently occupied by Mikael Hopkins. He does not have the size to be a true center, but if Agau can prove himself adequately coachable, there will be minutes available the Hoyas’ frontcourt. Current Sophomore Reggie Cameron (6’7” 223) and freshmen Issac Copeland (6’9” 220 lbs) and Paul White (6’8” 220 lbs) are similar in size, but the trio has spent most of their young Georgetown careers guarding smaller players on the perimeter.

Akoy Agau left Louisville in search of playing time, if he can rebound, block shots and defend in the low post, he’ll find what he is looking for in D.C.

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13-Year Olds Are Now Considered Prospects

In the newest example of the ever-extending reach of college recruiting, the NCAA announced today that seventh-graders will be considered prospects in Men’s Basketball.

The organization voted Thursday to change the definition of a prospect from ninth grade to seventh grade – for men’s basketball only – to nip a trend in which some college coaches were working at private, elite camps and clinics for seventh- and eighth-graders. The NCAA couldn’t regulate those camps because those youngsters fell below the current cutoff.

“It’s a little scary only because — we talked about this — where does it stop?” said Joe D’Antonio, chairman of the 31-member Division I Legislative Council, which approved the change during a two-day meeting at the NCAA Convention. “The fact that we’ve got to this point is really just a sign of the times.”

Schools had expressed concern that the younger-age elite camps were giving participating coaches a recruiting advantage, pressuring other coaches to start their own camps.

“The need to nip that in the bud was overwhelming,” said Steve Mallonee, the NCAA’s managing director of academic and membership affairs.

It may prove to be better for the NCAA’s oversight of the recruiting process, but one has to wonder how far the NCAA will take this. Will coaches talking to fourth graders soon be deemed as a recruiting advantage?

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