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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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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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