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.