Smart move: GW adds Harvard grad transfer

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Smart move: GW adds Harvard grad transfer

Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.

The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining. 

Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.

California, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.

Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost six players from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan. 

Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. Guards Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan transfered out of the program after the season.

Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lost starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.

Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.

Georgetown C Hayes granted extra year of eligibility

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Georgetown C Hayes granted extra year of eligibility

Turns out only one senior from last season's Georgetown team is leaving the Hilltop.

Bradley Hayes has been granted a fifth-year of eligibility by the NCAA, CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed after Hayes revealed the news Friday night at the team's season-ending banquet.

Little used during his first three years at Georgetown, Hayes blossomed into a reliable interior force for the Hoyas last season. The 7-footer averaged 8.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in 27 games. He missed six games during conference play with a broken hand. Georgetown lost all six games before Hayes returned for two games in the Big East Tournament.

Hayes only played 14 minutes as a freshman in part because of family matters, but three came late in the season during blowouts. The Hoyas presumably requested an extra season based on this inactivity, though the late season minutes could have jeopardized hopes.

The Hoyas will lose leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to graduation this spring.

Seniors give speeches at the banquet. Hayes walked to the podium, but told the crowd he'd back next season before walking off.  The program released an announcement late Friday night.

Georgetown recently added graduate transfer swingman Rodney Pryor and JUCO guard Jonathan Mulmore. Those moves left the Hoyas without an available scholarship, which means a current Hoya must leave or go off scholarship with Hayes returning. 

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Georgetown, Maryland date set for 2016 Gavitt Games meeting

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Georgetown, Maryland date set for 2016 Gavitt Games meeting

We knew another Georgetown vs. Maryland was coming. Now we know when. 

The Hoyas and Terps will meet as part of the Gavitt Games for a second straight season in a series of matchups pitting Big East against Big Ten programs. 

The mid-November/Tuesday night matchup at Verizon Center comes after Maryland's 75-71 win at Xfinity Center nearly one year prior in the first game held locally between the programs since 1993.

Both teams will look different and perhaps dramatically so. The Hoyas lost leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and, at least for now, center Bradley Hayes to graduation from last season's 15-18 squad. They added graduate transfer Rodney Pryor, JUCO guard Jonathan Mulmore and incoming freshman guard Jagan Mosely. 

Maryland won 27 games last season, though the campaign ended with a thud thanks to a decisive NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas. Frontcourt standouts Jake Layman, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter are gone. If point guard Melo Trimble follows them into the NBA Draft, both teams will start of the season with plenty of questions. With Trimble, Maryland should contend for a Big Ten title with heralded incoming freshman Anthony Cowan expected to contribute.

Other Big East-Big Ten matchups include national champion Villanova at Purdue, Wisconsin at Creighton, Providence at Ohio State and St. John's at Minnesota.