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Transfer target: Hoyas among finalists; Monday announcement

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Transfer target: Hoyas among finalists; Monday announcement

We can argue the merits of Eli Carter the basketball player or whether the 6-foot-2 transfer target makes perfect-world sense for Georgetown. On some level, none of that matters now. The Hoyas, expected to enter next season ranked among the nation's top 10-20 teams, lack backcourt depth. 

By Monday, the program will know whether they picked up a much-needed guard. 

Via his Twitter account on Friday, Carter revealed his final three schools and that he would announce his final decision Monday.

I will be announcing where I spend my 5th year of collegiate basketball on Monday at 1pm. It will be a close one between Georgetown, Boston College and Unlv. They are all great schools and they all offer something special in helping me continue my academic and basketball career.

The fifth-year senior is immediately eligible to play. Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 assists and 25 minutes per game at Florida last season, his second with the Gators after transferring from Rutgers following that program's controversy regarding former head coach Mike Rice.

Carter averaged 15 points during this freshman season with Rutgers. He scored 23 points against Georgetown in a Rutgers loss in Feb. 2013.

Led by rising sophomore forwards Isaac Copeland and swingman L.J. Peak, and incoming freshman center Jessie Govan, the Hoyas appear deep in the frontcourt. The backcourt is another story.

All-Big East first-team selection D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas top scorer last year, returns for his senior campaign. Rising sophomore Tre Campbell, the only true point guard on the roster, is expected to take on a larger role for the 2015-16 campaign. Those two are the only scholarship guards on the team's official roster. Walk-on's Rian Williams and David Allen are the emergency options.

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.

That's where Carter comes in. Though a limited 3-point shooter (30.5% last season), Carter would give the roster another scoring and late game (80% free throw shooter) option.

If the New Jersey native wants max minutes and shots, he likely chooses UNLV or Boston College. If he wants a shot at winning a conference title, reaching the NCAA Tournament and - with all due respect to the other schools - maximizing his education opportunities, the call is Georgetown. Other transfer targets passed on the Hoyas. 

Carter has options. It's unclear what Georgetown does next if they don't land this transfer.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

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The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

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.