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Kenner League starts Friday; updated rosters

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Kenner League starts Friday; updated rosters

Time to update the calendar. The Kenner League schedule is out.

The annual summertime basketball league - officially known as Nike Pro-City Jabbo Kenner League - held at McDonough Arena on the campus of Georgetown University tips off Friday. 

Current players from Georgetown, including incoming freshmen, headline the event for the Hoya faithful. Players from George Washington, George Mason and Maryland often participate along with alumni from the various programs plus D.C. area notables along with current professionals.

Click here for the schedule and check back for the rosters, though always take such things with an "expected to play" approach. 

Georgetown provided a breakdown of its players, who will be spread out among seven teams in the 11-team league. 

  • Clyde's - L.J. Peak, coming off winning a gold medal winning performance with Team USA at the U-19 World Championships, teams up with fellow rising sophomore forward Isaac Copeland.
  • A Wash. Associates - Senior guard and leading returning scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore forward Paul White.
  • DCX - Junior forward Reggie Cameron and senior center Bradley Hayes.
  • Higher Level - Sophomore guard Tre Campbell and sophomore Trey Mourning.
  • Ohhs and Ahhs - Sophomore transfer Akoy Agau.
  • The Tombs - Here come the new guys. Freshmen center Jessie Govan and forward Kaleb Johnson.
  • Hoop Magic All-Stars - Another freshman forward, Marcus Derrickson, along with junior walk-on Riyan Williams.

George Washington

Clyde’s -Paul Jorgensen and Matt Cimino

DCX - Kevin Larsen and Anthony Swan

On Point - Matt Hart and Jaren Sina

Higher Level -Jordan Roland and Isaiah Armwood (alumnus)

Hoop Magic All Stars - Alex Mitola and Collin Goss

Team Oohhs & Aahhs - Tyler Cavanaugh and Yuta Watanabe

Beyond Belief - Joe McDonald

Quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, Aug. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. Semifinal games will be played on Sunday, Aug. 2 (2 p.m., 3:20 p.m.) and the championship game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

All parking for Nike Pro-City Jabbo Kenner League games will be in the Southwest Garage off the Canal Road entrance to the University. 

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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.