The butterfly effect continues in Blacksburg.Virginia Tech released highly regarded basketball recruit Montrezl Harrell from his scholarship on Wednesday, several outlets have reported.Harrell, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with the Hokies last November and was the top member of the incoming class recruited by former coach Seth Greenberg. The school replaced Greenberg last month with former assistant James Johnson. The news of Greenberg's dismissal reportedly broke before the school had informed the longtime coach of the change.Since then, last year's top freshman recruit Dorian Fnney-Smith announced his intentions to transfer. Now, the Hokies are losing Harrell, selected as the MVP of last month's Capital Classic, The departure leaves Johnson with only eight scholarship players entering next season, including incoming freshman forward Marshall Wood.Harrell's status among power forwards in the 2012 class rose dramatically during the past year. Reportedly, prominent programs including Kentucky and Louisville began showing interest in thehigh-riser late in the recruiting process. The two Bluegrass schools are said to be on Harrell's short list along with Florida, NC State and Alabama. Virginia Tech has not placed any restrictionsregarding Harrells choice of schools, per the Daily Press.Tech also announced on Wednesday UNC-Wilmington transferAdam Smith will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a freshman.He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next seasonper NCAA transfer rules.Smiths addition helps the long-term outlook for the program, but in terms of the 2012-13 campaign, the Hokies are hurting. Time will tell how much.
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.