The latest game attempting to answer that age-old question of which city does basketball best is coming this weekend to DC-- and with a collegiate blast from the past twist.Former local college stars from Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington will take on a similar team from Philadelphia this Saturday, 4 p.m. at GWs Smith Center. The two sides will then travel up I-95 and play on the Saint Josephs campus Sunday night (8 p.m.) with television coverage for both games on Comcast SportsNet. The Terps and Hoyas struggle to find common ground when it comes to squaring off during the college basketball season. Now alumni from both schools including Georgetowns Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, Marylands D. J. Strawberryand John Gilchrist, are joining forces in a home-and-home showcase.Ones level of nostalgia may vary with the DMV represented by the recently graduated Georgetown duo of Jason Clark and Henry Sims to 31-year-old Chris Monroe, George Washingtons all-time leading scorer. Other locals expected include members of George Masons 2006 Final Four team - Jai Lewis, Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas - ,George Washingtons Tony Taylor and Marylands James Gist.The organizers plan to spread the gospel of The-BALL (Basketball Alumni Legends League) up and down the East Coast, attracting former college stars for other teams from Hartford to New York City to Raleigh. The DC-Philly showcase is a precursor for what they hope will become a full-fledged professional league next summer.Members from each of Philadelphias Big 5 schools and Drexel are expected to participate, including Allan Ray (Villanova), Dionte Christmas and Ramone Moore (Temple), and Zach Rosen (Penn).Former NBA swingman and University of Richmond star Johnny Newman will coach the D.C. squad. Ex-Villanova guard and former NBA point guard Alvin Williams handles the honors for Philadelphia.
After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.
Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.
Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing. At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.
Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.
Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.
Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.
Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.
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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.
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.
Omer Yurtseven to ESPN on why he chose to transfer to Georgetown: “I needed a big man coach and I don't think anybody is better than Patrick Ewing when it comes to the experience he has as a player."— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 16, 2018
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.