Georgetown's Thompson adapts to new world of 'free agency'


Georgetown's Thompson adapts to new world of 'free agency'

Like it or not, free agency has come to college basketball. Coaches like Georgetown's John Thompson III must alter their usual recruiting plans accordingly.

There's the traditional recruiting of high school players. That includes members of the 2015 class with the Hoyas' one current available scholarship in mind or prospects for future seasons. Then there are transfers. Some are eligible immediately under the graduate transfer rule while others must sit out a full season. Either way, this burgeoning secondary market of talent has exploded in recent seasons. 

By one count, over 700 players have or are in the midst of transferring. That's a staggering amount of bodies changing programs during a single off-season. The reasons for seeking a new home range from lack of playing time to coaching changes to being over-recruited to simply wanting a change. 

Whatever the reason, quality help is out there for teams needing talent, depth or a specific skill set.

"The way the last couple of years (have gone) and definitely this year, you have to make sure in the fall you don't use all your scholarships so you have some when free agency opens up," Thompson said during an recent interview with "That's what it feels like, free agency."

The Hoyas have filled 12 of their 13 scholarships for the upcoming season. That includes three incoming freshmen and former Louisville transfer Akoy Agau, who announced in January he would be joining Georgetown. The 6-foot-8 forward becomes eligible after the first semester of the 2015-16 season. 

Several transfers have been linked to the Hoyas since the season ended, but none has yet to commit. Two notable remaining options include guard Eli Carter (Florida/Rutgers) and forward Johnathan Williams III (Missouri).

Carter, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, is immediately eligible. He recently told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the Hoyas remain on his short list

The Hoyas only have two true ball handlers on next season's roster -- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Tre Campbell -- which makes adding a backcourt depth imperative. Thompson indicated he is pursuing guard help for next season, though not solely targeting that area with the one available scholarship.

Thompson would not confirm to CSN whether Georgetown was or was not pursuing Carter. "We're still involved with a few people," the coach said. "We'll see how it shakes out."

The 6-foot-9 Williams led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding last season as a sophomore. Kansas, Michigan State and Gonzaga are among the other schools reportedly in the mix. 

Power forward Noah Dickerson, a top-60 prospect in the 2015 class, recently received a release from Florida after coach Billy Donovan bolted for the NBA. Dickerson initially committed to Georgetown before spurning the Hoyas for the Gators. Though back on the market, don't expect him to wind up on the Hilltop. The roster is deep at the 4-5 positions with rising sophomores Isaac Copeland and Paul White plus incoming freshmen Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson. Senior center Bradley Hayes shined in the NCAA Tournament win over Eastern Washington.

Smith-Rivera and Hayes are entering their senior seasons, meaning 2-3 scholarships are available for 2016 depending on whether Thompson uses his remaining spot this season. Even as the coach pursues prep players for the future, there is a good bet he keeps at least one scholarship available for free agency.


2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

The four matchups in the first round of the College World Series are set after the final two games of the tournament Super Regionals finished on Monday.

Arkansas and Auburn were the last two teams to make the CWS bracket, after each team won the rubber match in its respective Super Regional, scoring 14 runs apiece.

Of the eight teams vying for the prized college baseball title, two (Michigan and Florida State) were amongst the last four teams in the field of 64 to make the tournament. Now, they join some of the other top teams across the country. 

Michigan beat a No. 1 UCLA team 2-1 in the Los Angeles Super Regional, a Bruins team which hadn't lost a series all season. The Wolverines proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they head to their first CWS appearance since 1984.

Like Michigan, Auburn made the CWS for the first time in over 10 years (the Tigers' last CWS appearance was in 1997).

It's the second consecutive year that Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas Tech have made the final bracket. Last year, Arkansas was the runner-up after losing to Oregon State in the finals. Mississippi State made it to the semifinals before Oregon State defeated the Bulldogs and went on to win the tournament. 


CWS Final Game 3*: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, Wed. 6/26 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

(*if necessary)


Game 1: Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3, Sat. 6/15
Game 2: Florida State 1, Arkansas 0, Sat. 6/15 
Game 3:  Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1 Sun 6/16
Game 4: Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4, Sun. 6/16 
Game 5: Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 4, Mon. 6/17 | Arkansas eliminated
Game 6: Michigan 2, Florida State 0, Mon. 6/17
Game 7: Louisville 5, Auburn 3, Wed. 6/19 | Auburn eliminated
Game 8: Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 3, Wed. 6/19  
Game 9: Texas Tech 4, Florida State 1, Wed. 6/19 | Florida State eliminated
Game 10: Louisville 4, Mississippi State 3, Thurs. 6/20 | Mississippi State eliminated
Game 11: Michigan 15, Texas Tech 3, Fri. 6/21 | Texas Tech eliminated, Michigan advances to final
Game 12: Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 2, Fri. 6/21 | Louisville eliminated, Vanderbilt advances to final

CWS Final Game 1: Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4, Mon. 6/24 | Michigan leads series 1-0
CWS Final Game 2: Vanderbilt 4, Michigan 1, Tues. 6/25 | Series tied 1-1


  • Vandy Rockstar: The Commodores' freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker threw a complete game no-hitter (and 19 Ks) in Game 2 against Duke in the Nashville Super Regional to keep Vanderbilt's championship hopes alive. 
  • Sweeps on Sweeps: Florida State, Louisville and Mississippi State each swept its respective Super Regional. The most notable was the Cardinals' sweep of the East Carolina Pirates, where Louisville outscored ECU 26-1. 
  • No Repeats: Texas Tech defeated the reigning champion Oregon State in the Lubbock Super Regional to ensure there will be a new school crowned champion. 


Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

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Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

The annual matchup continues and we’ve got big news. For the 21st season, two of the prominent conferences will face off in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.   

All 14 Big Ten teams will battle against 14 of the 15 ACC teams, with Virginia Tech the lone school not participating. The Challenge will include a total of 14 games spread across Monday, Dec 2nd - Wednesday, Dec. 4th.  

This year’s Challenge will feature eight first-time meetings in the event: Maryland at Notre Dame, Penn State at Wake Forest, Boston College at Northwestern, Florida State at Indiana, Georgia Tech at Nebraska, Iowa at Syracuse, Louisville at Michigan, Pitt at Rutgers. 

Maryland will host Notre Dame on Wednesday, December 4th. The matchup will be the first meeting between the Terps and the Fighting Irish since the 2013-14 season, before the Terps left the ACC. 

In 2018-19, Maryland finished 23-11 overall, good for fifth in the Big Ten. Notre Dame tied for last place in the ACC, finishing a disappointing 14-19. 

Virginia, the reigning national champions will travel to Indiana to take on Purdue. Virginia and Purdue will battle for the third time in the Challenge and fourth time overall. In the 2000 Challenge between the Cavaliers and the Boilermakers, Virginia won 98-79. A few years later in 2006, Purdue beat Virginia 61-59. 'In the Challenge, UVA has an all-time record of 13-6, including a five-game winning streak. UVA beat former ACC rival Maryland 76-71 in last season’s Challenge. 

The Cavaliers and Boilermakers recently faced off against each other in this year’s Elite Eight game. Virginia defeated Purdue 80-75 in overtime.

The ACC has not lost the Challenge since 2015. 

Tip-off times, networks and more information have not yet been provided.

The 2019 Challenge matchups:

Monday, December 2:

Clemson at Minnesota 

Miami at Illinois

Tuesday, December 3:

Michigan at Louisville 

Iowa at Syracuse 

Rutgers at Pitt

Northwestern at Boston College 

Duke at Michigan State 

Florida State at Indiana 

Wednesday, December 4:

Notre Dame at Maryland 

Virginia at Purdue 

Wisconsin at NC State 

Wake Forest at Penn State 

Nebraska at Georgia Tech 

Ohio State at North Carolina