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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."

 

 

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.