In the world of international basketball - at least involving players 19 and under-, Georgetown swingman L.J Peak has reached the mountain top.
The United States men's basketball team captured the under-19 world championships Sunday in Crete with a 79-71 overtime victory against Croatia.
Part of the primary eight-man rotation, Peak played 15 minutes Sunday and a key role throughout the tournament as Team USA went 7-0. The rising sophomore's lone basket was a 3-pointer deep in the final minutes of regulation to give the U.S. a three-point lead.. Peak (left) was all smiles after the gold medal ceremony.
Peak is already astute when it comes to attacking the basketball and getting to the free throw line. He's still not a consistent perimeter threat (2 of 9 in the tournament), but he certainly gained valuable experience heading into his sophomore campaign. The Hoyas will need Peak and fellow rising sophomore and Isaac Copeland to take on lead roles this coming season along with senior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
Georgetown and Big East fans should take note that Team USA's leading scorer in the championship game, Jalen Brunson, starts his career at Villanova in the fall. Forward Harry Giles labored from the field (4 for 20), but the 6-foot-10 big man dominated inside with 16 rebounds. Giles in the No.1 recruit in the 2016 class.
Virginia Tech's Justin Bibbs and Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku (Riverdale Baptist) were also part of the Team USA.
Click here for a game recap from ProBasketballTalk.com.
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.