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Hoyas notebook: Carter's decision; schedule filling up

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Hoyas notebook: Carter's decision; schedule filling up

Two items involving Georgetown and the 2015-16 season:

  • Florida transfer Eli Carter announced he intends on playing for Boston College next season. The scoring guard revealed last week that Georgetown was among his final three schools. It's overstated to think this decision spells doom for the Hoyas considering early projections have the Big East power ranked among the top 20 teams entering next season. While there are plenty of impressive forwards and big men in the rotation, the roster remains painfully thin in the backcourt with essentially no ball-handling depth behind All-Big East guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and rising sophomore Tre Campbell. Carter was just the latest transfer target to pass on spending next season on the Hilltop. The potential fit never quite made sense. Granted, if he wanted the best chance at playing for a conference title and in the NCAA Tournament, Georgetown was the call over BC and UNLV. If the fifth-year senior, who played at Rutgers during his freshman season, wanted maximum minutes/shot attempts, then it's understandable why he's passed on the Hoyas. Not that Carter is an All-American, but he's played something of a leading role in previous stops. The needed role with the Hoyas calls for 10-20 minutes most nights. It will be rather interesting to see what head coach John Thompson III does with the lone available scholarship for next season. He may prefer finding an immediately eligible player with only one-year of eligibility remaining, thus keeping the pot available for 2016 recruits or traditional transfer options. He might not have a choice now that the transfer market is drying up.

  • As part of the 21st annual 2K Classic, Georgetown will host Radford (Nov. 14) and Bryant (Nov. 28) in the regional round part of the event. It was previously reported that the Hoyas would head to New York for the main event in between those dates for games on Nov. 20 and 22 against either Duke, Wisconsin or VCU. The loaded 2015-16 schedule also includes renewed rivalries with Maryland and Syracuse.

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.