Damonte Dodd verbally committed to the Maryland men's basketball team earlier this spring. At least for the next season,his plans have changed.Dodd, a raw 6-foot-10 forward for Queen's Anne County High School, will attend prep school for the 2012-13 basketball season, according to Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.Slated to be part of the Terps incoming class, Dodd played with the other future Terps at the Capital Classic last month where he said it was a matter of time before he signed his official Letter of Intent. The Baltimore Sun spoke with Turgeon and first reported the news.The good news is that lanky forward will receive plenty of minutes at which ever prep school he plays for next season. Thatmaynot have been the case at Maryland with Alex Len and James Padgett returning plus incoming freshmen Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell in the frontcourt discussion.The bad news is that since Dodd has not signed his LOI, he technically remains on the open market. After sliding under the radar during his initial recruitment process, Dodd turned heads at a AAU basketball tournament this weekend. Stay tuned.Annapolis Area Christian point guard Connor Lipinski was granted a two-year scholarship to play for the men's program. Previously Lipinski accepted a walk-on role with the team. Guard Jonathan Thomas will not return to the team next season. Thomas averaged 1.2 points in 18 games as a walk-on last season.
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.
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.
Omer Yurtseven to ESPN on why he chose to transfer to Georgetown: “I needed a big man coach and I don't think anybody is better than Patrick Ewing when it comes to the experience he has as a player."— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 16, 2018
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.