The more setting suns we have, the more the landscape of local television and radio changes in the D.C. area. Except when it comes to Georgetown basketball, that is. Rich Chvotkin has been the radio of voice for the Hoyas since 1974. That means he's called games involving Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson and Otto Porter, not to mention the father and son coaching Thompson's. He's called games against true blood rivals like Syracuse and where the stakes involved the national championship. Overall, he's called 1,314 games overall for the Blue and Gray.
Yet with all that inventory of victories, it's hard imagining Chvotkin has ever been more excited following a win than after Tuesday's 74-73 comeback thriller over Creighton at Verizon Center. The Hoyas trailed 70-59 with 2:18 remaining before closing with a 15-3 run capped by two free throws from senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 6.2 seconds left.
Video of Chvotkin's radio call of the final 30 seconds of game action for 106.7 The Fan WJFK and Georgetown Sports Properties starts measured, but builds as the intensity and happiness rise. The capper comes after Creighton misses a possible game-winning shot at the buzzer. That's when the 70-year-old reared back and let loose with his signature "Hoyas win" call he uses following victories, gesturing wildly toward the home fans seated courtside.
If you know anything about Chvotkin then you know in big games, he doesn't just utter those two words once or twice in a row. On Tuesday, he let loose with a personal regular season record of 19 (According to his son, Evan, who filmed his father's frantic finish, the overall record is 20 set after Georgetown's NIT win over West Virginia in 2014).
Watch the entire video or cut ahead to the 2:55 mark, just before Smith-Rivera puts the Hoyas in the lead.
Other Georgetown games had more on the line, though some would argue this win was season-saving for the Hoyas in terms of receiving an NCAA Tournament at-large berth. Those in the media room postgame, including school officials, couldn't immediately remember a larger comeback with so little time remaining. All Hoya fans will remember Chvotkin's epic radio call after this wild finish.
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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.
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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.