Former Virginia starting quarterback Greyons Lambert is headed to the SEC. The graduate transfer from Jesup, Ga. told ESPN's Joe Schad on Wednesday that he will transfer to the University of Georgia. This comes a day after head coach Mark Richt confirmed that his program had interest in Lambert.
Lambert had a rocky career at UVa. Hailed as the starter prior to the 2014 season, Lambert was pulled in the team's first game against UCLA and split time with Matt Johns before eventually retaking the full-time role later in the season. An ankle injury also caused him to miss three games. For the year, he had a 59.0 percent completion percentage with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The decision to transfer came as no surprise after Lambert was listed second on the post-spring depth chart behind Johns. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Judging by what Lambert posted on Twitter, it's probably safe to say location played a factor in his decision to go to Georgia.
With Hutson Mason's departure, Georgia finds itself in need of a new starting quarterback. No one emerged as the leader this spring among Brice Ramsey, Falton Bauta and Jacob Park and Lambert is expected to compete for the starting role. For those of you keeping score at home, that means a quarterback who lost the starting job at UVa is going to compete for the starting job at an SEC school. That's not a typical trajectory.
Virginia head coach Mike London will really need a strong season out of Johns this year, especially if Lambert wins the job in Georgia.
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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.