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Center exchange provides Hoyas hope for diversified attack

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Center exchange provides Hoyas hope for diversified attack

Tagging Georgetown with the "Princeton offense" label is an oversimplified, Twitter-sized view of the Hoyas' offense under coach John Thompson III. There is a methodical, "take what the defense gives you element" that remains central to Thompson's ethos, but the basic attack doesn't look the same every season. Personnel dictates the plan, a plan the coach has only just begun pondering for the 2015-16 season.

"Part of what I'm going through right now is introspection," Thompson stated during a recent interview with CSNwashington.com that touched on the upcoming campaign. "In my head, breaking down players, schemes, offense, defense. Trying to in my head formulate a plan to that answer that question."

Even though the coach is bullish on his team's potential, he's still contemplating ways to use the young and athletic group. "On the surface, I'm not there yet," Thompson said.

Time is on his side. The Hoyas won't open the regular season until November. An early opportunity to test theories comes this summer when Georgetown heads overseas for games in Italy.

Those games will be the first without several from last season's senior class, including big man Joshua Smith. The matchups will also be the first with the incoming freshmen class, including center Jessie Govan, who will battle rising senior Bradley Hayes for minutes in the middle.

When the 350-pound Smith was on the court, the Hoyas tended to move at a slower pace, seeking matchup opportunities inside against smaller defenders. Smith often took advantage, shooting 62 percent from the field, but the offense was far more diversified and fluid when he sat.

In those stretches, Georgetown frequently pushed the tempo with athletic options at all five positions. Expect more of that look this season.

Some view Govan as a potential star if he sticks around the Hilltop. At 6-foot-10, 263-pounds, the four-star recruit has the strength for the interior wars, but also runs the court with ease. The New York product (Wings Academy) is comfortable away from the basket on both ends.

"He has a physical presence, but he's mobile," Thompson said of Govan. "He can score on the block, but he can also make an outside shot. He's a decent passer."

Govan's ability to hit mid-range jumpers will pull defenders away from the paint, which in turn opens driving lanes. That wasn't always the case last season with Smith bunkered down on the low block. The new look should open more interior looks for guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, swingman L.J. Peak and forward Isaac Copeland, Georgetown's leading returning scorers.

"You have to adjust and adapt a lot of things," Thompson noted. "There were times, even with all that (Josh) brought to the table, when he was in the game you're predictable. Now if you can't stop what's being predicted who cares. That's not a bad thing.

"I think we can be a little more versatile, a little more open with how we do things."

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

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The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.