Georgetown senior John Caprio had every walk-on’s dream come true just before the 2013-14 school year started.
Caprio, a 6-foot-6 North Caldwell, N.J., native who attended Seton Hall Prep, was in the car with his mother, Margaret, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike for his final year of school when his phone buzzed. It was a text from his head coach, John Thompson III.
The text message from Thompson informed Caprio that he was no longer a walk-on and that he was being awarded a scholarship for this, his senior year.
“I think it was more exciting for my mom,” Caprio said. “We were driving back to campus when I got the text and she was just so excited that I had to remind her we were still driving.” To read more of this story, click here
Say this for the NCAA: they work in mysterious ways.
After leaving UCLA last November after just a half dozen games, Josh Smith has been cleared immediately to play at Georgetown, beginning with the Hoyas season opener on Nov. 8 against Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys in Seoul, South Korea, the school announced
Smith was also granted a Seasons of Competition waiver for the 2012-13 season in which he participated in six games at UCLA, which gives him two seasons of eligibility remaining (2013-14 and 2014-15).
“We are excited that the NCAA has approved the waiver for Joshua,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “Now, he has to maintain a high level of commitment on and off the court. He will provide a significant low-post presence for this team.” To read more of this story, click here
Paul White, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Chicago Whitney Young, committed to Georgetown Sunday morning.
White had visited Miami and was also considering UConn, Minnesota and DePaul.
“While on my visit here it made me realize this is the place for me,” White told the Chicago Sun Times. “I felt that comfort level I was looking for with the coaching staff, the players and the environment here. It’s a wonderful school with a great basketball tradition and atmosphere. This was the place I could easily see myself going to school and playing.” To read more of this story, click here
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. — Elijah Burns left La Salle Institute in Troy, N.Y., for Blair Academy after last year in order to play basketball at a higher level and enroll in one of the top prep schools in New Jersey.
After reclassifying to the Class of 2015 from 2014, the move already seems to be paying dividends.
Coaches are filing into Blair to watch the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Burns, as well as teammate Marial Shayok and other players on coach Joe Mantegna’s squad.
Burns, who averaged 17.8 points and 10 rebounds a game last season at Troy, told SNY.tv Georgetown, Temple, Siena and Holy Cross are working on him the hardest right now. But that list figures to grow and morph in the coming year. To read more of this story, click here
L.J. Peak pulled a big-time fake during his college announcement Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5 Gaffney (S.C.) small forward initially put on a South Carolina baseball cap before throwing it off and putting on a Georgetown cap.
The No. 82 prospect in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals, he also considered Florida State.
“He’s very good,” CP3 coach Steve Shelton previously told SNY.tv of Peak. “He’s always played inside because of his height. He’s only been playing on the perimeter the last two years.
“The biggest thing he brings is toughness. He can guard a shooting guard or a wing and is a capable scorer.”
Peak is the Hoyas’ third 2014 commit, following Isaac Copeland and Tre Campbell.
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Georgetown sophomore forward Greg Whittington has a torn ACL in his left knee, the school announced Tuesday.
“Greg will return when he is 100 percent healthy,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in a statement. “I feel for Greg because he’s worked extremely hard to prepare for the coming season, on and off the court. I’m confident this is just another setback that in the end will make him even stronger. At this point, there is no specific timetable for his return.”
The news was previously reported by CasualHoya.com and ESPN.com.
Whittington averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds last season, but was ruled academically ineligible Jan. 12. He was expected to return to the team this season and was a major reason why SNY ranked Georgetown No. 1 in our Preseason Big East rankings.
Without Whittington, Georgetown now falls to No. 3 behind No. 1 Marquette and No. 2 St. John’s.
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Tre Campbell is headed to the Big East.
The 6-foot-2 2014 point guard from St. John College High School in Washington, D.C., committed to Georgetown.
“I have officially Committed to Georgetown University,” he Tweeted.
Campbell also considered Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Joe’s, La Salle, VCU, N.C. State and Xavier, Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter Jr. is headed to the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-8 Porter Jr. is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com.
He was named Big East Player of the Year and was also selected as a John R. Wooden All-American and was a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
“It was a tough decision. I love Georgetown, my coaches and my teammates,” Porter Jr. said. “I’m going to come back and finish up my degree, but during the season I’ve been trying to focus on the season. After the season, I started thinking about my decision and I spoke to my parents about it. I knew it was coming down to it, but my coaches, my teammates and my parents have helped prepare me for this next step.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — It should have been the championship game.
The magnificent game played between Syracuse and Georgetown Friday night inside an electric Madison Square Garden should have been the championship, a fitting coda to the end of the Big East as we know it.
The last one before Syracuse and Louisville and Pitt and Notre Dame are replaced in the new Big East by the Butlers, Xaviers and Creightons.
“This game was like a final game, this should’ve been the championship game,” Syracuse legend Dwayne “Pearl” Washington told SNY.tv courtside after the Orange avenged two losses to the Hoyas this season and prevailed, 58-55 in OT, in the semifinals. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jim Boeheim isn’t an NBA GM, but if he was he knows who he would pick in the upcoming draft.
Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr.
“If I’m picking, I pick him first in the draft,” Boeheim told a small group of reporters in the hallway at Madison Square Garden “I don’t even look at anybody else. I pick him first in the draft. I think he’s the best. I think he’ll be a great pro.” To read more of this story, click here