Jessie Govan to Georgetown

GovanJessie Govan figured he didn’t need to wait any longer and so he is headed to Georgetown.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound 2015 big man from Wings Academy committed to the Hoyas on Tuesday, choosing them over Seton Hall, UConn and Miami, according to New York Lightning coach Dana Dingle.

“What made him choose them now was him, his parents and everybody was sold on their development and the history of the big guys, the centers they’ve had in the history of the program,” Dingle told by phone. “They were pretty much sold on that and it was hard to overlook.

“And they have a need for a center. They don’t really have any centers after this year, so there’s an opportunity to come in and play early. And it’s not too far from home, in the Northeast.” To read more of this story, click here

Noah Dickerson to Georgetown

Noah Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, committed to Georgetown on Saturday.

“Proud to say I committed to Georgetown University #hoyasaxa,” he Tweeted.

The Georgia big man is ranked the No. 11 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports and also reportedly  considered  Ohio State, Duke, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Xavier.

Hoyas coach John Thompson III visited Dickerson last month and apparently that visit helped sway the decision.

The Hoyas already have one 2015 pledge in Fairfax (VA) Paul VI power forward Marcus Derrickson.

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Georgetown-Maryland Could Highlight Gavitt Tip-Off Games; D.C. to Host Big Ten Tourney in 2017

JT3NEW YORK -- A resumption of the Georgetown-Maryland rivalry could highlight the Gavitt Tip-Off Games when they begin in November 2015.

“If you’re just looking at geography, you probably think they’re going to try and put us with Maryland, but we’ll see,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III told on Monday at Madison Square Garden where the event was formally announced. “As the Commissioner [Val Ackerman] says, the matchups will come out in May [2015] and we’ll go from there.”

He added: “I’m fine with it. Whatever happens, happens. No big deal.”

Former Maryland coach Gary Williams said the Gavitt Tip-Off Games could trigger a resumption of the series. The two teams haven’t played since 2008, when Georgetown crushed Maryland, 75-48, in the Old Spice Classic in Florida. To read more of this story, click here

Trey Mourning to Georgetown; Govan Enjoys Georgetown Visit (UPDATED)

Alonzo Mourning III, also known as Trey, will follow his father’s footsteps and play at Georgetown.

The 6-foot-9 power forward from Ransom (FL) Everglades committed to the Hoyas on Saturday, according to the Washington Post. He averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds per game last season while leading Ransom to Florida’s Class 4A regional semifinals.

Mourning III also considered Duke and Florida.

“There is a lot of pressure that goes with carrying that name here, but Trey has handled it with incredible dignity and grace,” Claude Grubair, the basketball coach and athletic director at Ransom Everglades, told the Post. “That is how he does everything.” To read more of this story, click here

Georgetown’s Bubble Bursts as DePaul Pulls Off Big East Tournament Shocker

Billy GarrettBy JOSH NEWMAN
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NEW YORK – Georgetown came to Madison Square Garden this week for the Big East Tournament in need of two things, wins and help from across the country, in an effort to find its way into the NCAA Tournament.

The Hoyas didn’t even get the chance to see if it could get some help. On Wednesday night in the first-round, their bubble burst.

Winless in the Big East Tournament since 2009, Billy Garrett Jr. and DePaul took out Georgetown, 60-56, in the first-round nightcap. The newly-minted Big East Rookie of the Year finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 from the foul line. Garrett Jr. iced the win by going for 4-for-4 from the charity stripe over the final 22 seconds.

“In shootaround and practice, coach (Oliver Purnell) preached free throws,” Garrett Jr. said. “He said every one counts and it was going to come down to free throws, and it did. We listened to that, we paid attention in practice and we worked on them. When it came down the stretch and it came down to free throws and we were able to knock them down.”

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Georgetown Latest to Offer Govan

Georgetown is the latest school to offer 2015 Wings Academy big man Jessie Govan.

“They told my coach after [today's] game that they would like to offer me and my coach told me,” Govan told “I might take a trip down there soon.”

Georgetown, of course, has a long tradition of big men, including Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning. To read more of this story, click here

Izzo: Georgetown ‘Manhandled’ Michigan State


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NEW YORK -- After a five-game losing skid, a game against a top-10 opponent in Michigan State turned out to be just what Georgetown needed to try and right the ship.

In a stunning effort, the Hoyas defeated the No. 7 Spartans, 64-60, at Madison Square Garden, but Tom Izzo was not surprised by the result.

“I give [Hoyas coach] John [Thompson III] a lot of credit; he took his team, an 11-9 team that lost a lot of tough games, hopefully [this win] will get him going,” Izzo said. “I have a lot of respect for him and his program. I thought they manhandled us.”  To read more of this story, click here

Georgetown’s Josh Smith Academically Ineligible

The Josh Smith experiment at Georgetown is over.

Hoyas coach John Thompson III said the 6-foot-10 UCLA transfer was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.

“Josh Smith is ineligible for the remainder of the year because of academics,” he said.  “It’s disappointing.  A lot of what we did was geared toward his presence.

“This is Georgetown and we have a set of standards and everyone has a responsibility above and beyond what goes on outside of those doors (to McDonough Arena).”

Smith averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Hoyas. They are 10-3 with him and 1-4 without him.

After leaving UCLA in November of 2012 after just a half dozen games, Smith was somehow cleared immediately to play at Georgetown in October.

Georgetown plays at Big East leader Creighton on Saturday.


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Georgetown’s Trawick Sidelined

Georgetown announced today that junior forward Jabril Trawick of Philadelphia will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his jaw in Wednesday’s game against Providence.

“It’s a tough blow for our team because of the presence that Jabril provides for us,”head coach John Thompson III said.  “We’re hoping to have him back on the court as soon as he is cleared to play and in the meantime, some of our guys will have to step up in his place.”

Trawick is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.1 points per game and is averaging 2.5 rebounds.  He has started all 14 games for the Hoyas this season.

Georgetown (10-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) plays at Butler (10-5, 0-3 BIG EAST) tonight at 7 p.m.

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Georgetown-bound White and Duke-bound Okafor Lead Whitney Young Over Prime Prep

Saturday was a big day for Georgetown and its future players.

Not only did the Hoyas beat St. John’s, 77-60, in Big East play, but Georgetown pledge Paul White went off for 29 points while Duke signee Jahlil Okafor had 24 points and nine rebounds as Whitney Young (IL) beat Prime Prep (TX), 72-69, at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.V.

White and Okafor were named co-MVPs of the game after combining for 53 points.

Okafor, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, was named the tournament MVP. To read more of this story, click here