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.
ESPN 100 PG Tremont Waters has requested a release from Georgetown per his father.— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) March 12, 2017
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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.