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Georgetown's important offseason starts with major recruiting decommitment

Georgetown's important offseason starts with major recruiting decommitment

The Georgetown Hoyas' disappointing 2016-17 basketball season came to a disappointing end on Wednesday night with a scuffling Big East Tournament loss to St. John's.

Finishing 14-18 with just five wins in Big East play, the Hoyas officially missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.

While the lackluster season is something the entire program is looking to quickly put it in the past, the Saturday decommitment from Top 50 Class of 2017 PG Tremont Waters -- first reported by Adam Finkelstein of ESPN -- makes imminent matters much worse.


Of the many on-court issues plaguing the Hoyas, a lack of a true point guard is one of the most significant. The 5-11 West Haven, Conn. native was the program's top recruit and was expected by many to provide the steadying hand the Hoyas have been in of for a while. 

With the growing discussion regarding the future of John Thompson III, holding a commitment from the No. 33 player in the country was one of the few remaining cards in JTIII's hand.

The addition of Waters was expected to stabilize and renew a uncertain Georgetown backcourt. Graduate transfer Rodney Pryor will be gone, and what rising senior L.J. Peak decides to do this offseason remains a topic of speculation.

Having Waters headed to The Hilltop  was also an important commitment because the program's ability to recruit was beginning to follow in the same direction as the on-court product. With Waters decommitting, three-star forward Antwan Walker is the only commit the Hoyas have in the incoming class.

It's a big loss for the Hoyas' roster. It's also a huge loss from a recruiting standpoint.

And following the season-ending loss on Wednesday, it's hardly the way Georgetown wanted to start a very important offseason.

Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

PHILADELPHIA -- Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova's career wins list with 413 in No. 4 Villanova's 97-73 win over Georgetown on Saturday night.

Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. Wright can top Severance with a win in the Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden as the No. 2 seed after their run of four straight regular-season conference titles was ended by Xavier.

There's little worry on the Main Line that Villanova can't make a deep run in the postseason. The Wildcats (27-4, 14-4 Big East) beat champion Xavier twice this season and will surely be a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

They used the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13) as little more than a tune-up in the finale and took a 15-point lead in the first half that was never seriously challenged. Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson solidified his player of the year candidacy with 16 points and seven assists.

Yes, the Wildcats had been upset at the Wells Fargo Center this season by St. John's, a team that was winless in the Big East, but the outcome seemed a mere formality against Patrick Ewing's Hoyas.

The Hoyas missed all nine 3s in the first half. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and he went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

The second half served as a mere countdown toward Wright's ascension to a share of the top of the record book.

Wright led the Wildcats, who won the 1985 national title under his mentor Rollie Massimino, to their greatest run of success in program history. They've won at least 32 games each of the previous three seasons and he's led them to the NCAAs all but one year (2012) since 2005.

Wright, a Churchville, Pennsylvania native, played college basketball at Bucknell and started as an assistant at Rochester and Drexel. He spent five seasons at Villanova as Massimino's assistant, then followed him to UNLV for another two years before taking the head coaching job at Hofstra in 1994.

Hired in 2001 to replace Steve Lappas, Wright took the Wildcats to the top of every meaningful stat -- including an eight-week stint this year at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

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Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

Marcus Derrickson scored 22 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Saturday as Georgetown beat Seton Hall 83-80.

Derrickson got an open look on a deep 3 near the end of the shot clock and buried it with 4.2 seconds left:

 He was also fouled on the close out by Khadeen Carrington but missed the foul shot. Myles Powell, who finished with 25 points for the Pirates, missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.

Jamorko Pickett added 18 points and Jessie Govan scored 11 for the Hoyas (14-10, 4-9 Big East), who had a 17-point lead from early in the second half erased by the six-minute mark.

Angel Delgado's layup with 5:36 to play capped a 10-0 run and gave Seton Hall (17-8, 6-6) its first lead of the game at 69-67.

Desi Rodriguez added 24 points and Delgado scored 12 for the Pirates.