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Georgetown's stellar tweet about losing to Stephen Curry

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Georgetown's stellar tweet about losing to Stephen Curry

Before Stephen Curry won an NBA Most Valuable Player award or became an All-Star guard or one of the greatest shooters in league history, he was a skinny guard defying the odds for tiny Davidson College.

When the nation first took notice of Curry's game, the Georgetown men's basketball team paid the price. 

In the midst of Curry's second half scoring explosion during Golden State's pivotal Game 5 NBA Finals win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Georgetown paid humorous respect social media style. 

 

 

Flashback to 2008. Coming off a Final Four appearance, the Hoyas appeared poised for another deep run in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. Beat No. 10 Davidson and a team led by center Roy Hibbert and guard Jonathan Wallace would advance to the round of 16.

Instead, the Hoyas blew a 17-point second half lead as Curry scored 25 of his 30 points after halftime in the Wildcats' stunning 74-70 win. 

Davidson won its next game before suffering a tight loss against Kansas in the regional final. Since then, Curry's game advanced to levels even his most ardent backers couldn't have imagined. Now he and the Warriors are one game away from the organization's first NBA Title since 1975. Curry scored 37 points in the 104-91 win.

Nobody on the Hilltop has forgotten about 2008. That loss started the string of early exits in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas rack up regular season win, but they haven't advanced past the round of 32 since the Final Four season.

 

If indeed laughter is the best medicine, perhaps this clever tweet can begin the healing process.

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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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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.