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Hoyas lose starter with broken hand; 12 p.m. at No. 20 Providence

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Hoyas lose starter with broken hand; 12 p.m. at No. 20 Providence

Senior center Bradley Hayes, Georgetown's leading rebounder, will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his left hand in practice Thursday. The team announced the injury and that Hayes underwent surgery shortly before Saturday's 12 p.m. Big East matchup at Providence.

After three seasons of limited playing time, the 7-footer turned into one of the most improved players in the conference, averaging 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Hayes also leads Georgetown with 53.9 field goal percentage. 

“It is a blow to our team, but I’m very disappointed for Bradley because of the hard work he has put in over the last four years to put himself in a position to have a good senior year,” coach John Thompson III said.  “He had successful surgery today and we expect him to fully recover but we are not sure when he will return.

Six games remain for the Hoyas in the regular season, including Saturday's matchup, before the Big East Tournament in New York City.

Freshman center Jessie Govan likely takes over Hayes' starting role while sophomore Trey Mourning should receive additional minutes. Nether offer interior scoring like Hayes, but both can help open the offense with perimeter shooting.

Georgetown (14-11, 7-5) soundly defeated St. John's 92-67 Monday after losing three straight including 73-69 to Providence on Jan. 31.

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Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.