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.
- It appears Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss, perhaps the top transfer still available, no longer has Georgetown on his short list.
- 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.
— Chris Grosse (@Chris_Grosse) April 28, 2015
My friends over at CasualHoya are pumping out all kinds of designs. Parquet floor for the win.
- For those who somehow missed the news or far they've been dreaming, Georgetown and Maryland did indeed announce earlier this month that they will play head-to-head in each of the next two seasons. The 2015 matchup will take place in College Park as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games pitting Big East and Big Ten schools.
“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."