Georgetown's 2016 recruiting class isn't empty anymore.
Jagan Mosely, a 6-foot-3 guard from famed St. Anthony's (NJ) High School, announced his commitment to the Hoyas Monday evening.
The three-star guard ranked No. 115 in his class by Rivals. He said of Georgetown to NJ.com, "I just fell in love with it. I fell in love with the campus, a couple players and coaches. It felt like home to me."
According to NJ.com, Georgetown was the last of 21 schools to offer Mosely a scholarship. Others included Rhode Island, Harvard, Xavier, SMU and Georgia Tech.
After back-to-back loaded and deep classes, the Hoyas had yet to have anyone commit for 2016. CSNwashington.com today posted a Q&A with head coach John Thompson III which included a section about the lack of 2016 recruits.
"I think the last couple of years we've had commitments going into the summer and this year we don't. I don't think it's a worry at this point. I feel pretty good with where we are with a couple of people we're recruiting. I think that by this time next year, our 2016 recruiting class will be what we want it to be."
Here's a quick scouting report from ESPN:
"Mosely is an athletic guard with a freakishly long 6-foot-9 wingspan. He has a high motor, impacts the game on both ends and typically plays within himself. He's an excellent on-ball defender who could evolve into a true stopper at the next level. ... He doesn't yet handle the ball well enough to play the point guard position on a consistent basis and while he is gradually starting to incorporate more jumpers into his offensive arsenal, that still is not a strength of his game. ...Physically talented, loaded with intangibles and already able to impact the game on both ends of the floor while working to improve his skill set."
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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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.