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Hoyas notebook: Transfer trail remains active

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Hoyas notebook: Transfer trail remains active

The latest news and notes regarding the Georgetown men's basketball team...

  • Add Florida transfer and former Rutgers guard Eli Carter to the group of players Georgetown is considering for its two available scholarships.

The 6-foot-2 Carter told SNY that the Hoyas are among the schools that have contacted him since announcing he would be leaving Florida. Several Gators are leaving the programs as news swirls that head coach Billy Donovan is close to taking the job with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

Nothing has changed with Georgetown's roster composition since earlier this month following the news that leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera would stay for his senior season. Even with Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas are in need of guards for the 2015-16 season. Carter is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.

St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State and Nevada have also contacted Carter or those close to him, according to SNY. Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season for the Gators. He scored 23 points against Georgetown in a Rutgers loss in Feb. 2103.

Smith-Rivera and Tre Campbell are the only scholarship guards on the team's official roster going forward. Swingman L.J. Peak and forward Paul White can pick up backcourt minutes and small forward Reggie Cameron offers perimeter shooting help, but additional ball handlers are needed.

 

  • Louisville transfer Anton Gill visited Georgetown earlier this month. Ranked among the top 50 recruits in 2013 according to ESPN, Gill is also reportedly considering Nebraska and East Carolina. Gill, who played at Louisville with new Georgetown big man Akoy Agau, averaged 9.4 minutes and 2.5 points with the Cardinals last season. The 6-foot-3 guard would not be eligible until the 2016-17 season. 

 

  • Earlier this month South Florida transfer Anthony Collins included Georgetown on a list of three schools he was considering. The point guard ultimately picked another program altogether. The Hoyas need depth, but the ball-dominant, poor-shooting guard wasn't a strong for coach John Thompson III's system.

 

 

  • Speaking of the Gators, 2015 recruit Noah Dickerson will reconsider his commitment to Florida if Donovan leaves. The irony here is that the talented power forward initially announced he would join the Hoyas before quickly changing directions and immediately signing on with the Gators. Don't count on the Hoyas pursuing the four-star recruit at this point. The three member of the incoming class -- 6-foot-10 center Jessie Govan, 6-foot-6 small forward Kaleb Johnson and 6-foot-7 power forward Marcus Derrickson - are also four-star recruits per ESPN and frontcourt options.

 

  • Not sure how much the court design affects decisions of any transfers, but the Hoyas are changing the look one way or another. Fans are submitting designs and the athletic department will ultimately select a final three before making a decision.

 

My friends over at CasualHoya are pumping out all kinds of designs. Parquet floor for the win.

 

“Our programs share a great deal of history,” Thompson said.  “Memories of Pops and Lefty, Merlin Wilson and Tom McMillen, Craig Shelton and Buck Williams ...Joe Smith, Greg Monroe and Greivis Vasquez and many, many more dance in our heads. 

“The time is right to make new memories.  We are excited.”

The two local programs last met in 2008, have not played a head-to-head game in the D.C. area since 1993 and played only three games since 1980. This will be the first game for the Terps against the Hoyas with coach Mark Turgeon.

"Mark and I get along.  We’re friends," Thompson said. "This is something that possibly could have been done a couple of years ago.  We’re just glad we’re here now and ready to move forward.  We don’t need to talk about all of the ghosts of the past.  We’re excited about where we are and ready to move forward."

 

 

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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