With the Nerlens Noel saga now firmly in the rearview mirror (THANK GOD), Georgetown has focused on three current high school seniors to fill the remaining two open scholarships on the roster. Devonta Pollard, a 6'7" five-star lefty small forward from Mississippi is currently the 9th ranked player in the country and is the highest ranked target remaining that Georgetown has been pursuing. Pollard, who is also considering Missouri and Alabama, is visiting Georgetown this weekend.
"I'd say it's equal right now, and I've got Alabama, Georgetown, Missouri and Texas," said Pollard, who expects to make his decision after his Georgetown visit this weekend.
Pollard is versatile.
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In addition to Pollard, the Hoyas have targeted 6'11" Bradley Hayes out of Jacksonville, Florida to plug what could be a very large hole at the center position. Hayes, who is relatively raw but scouts believe has a very high ceiling, is beginning to generate a lot of noise in recruiting circles, and already has a series of new pursuers. John Thompson III has an in-home visit with Hayes this week, and hopefully Georgetown will be able to capitalize off of the positive buzz it generated by being one of the finalists for Noel.
Antwan Tennell, Hayes' AAU coach with the Dwight Howard Warriors, said Memphis, Arkansas, Texas A&M Georgia, Mississippi State, Florida and Georgetown are involved to various degrees. Memphis has offered and Arkansas comes for a home visit Saturday. Georgetown comes in for a home visit next week.
"He has a chance to be a pro," Tennell told SNY.tv. "He actually grew seven inches in like five months a year and a half ago. He has finally caught up to his size. He moves like a guard. He runs the floor rim-to-rim.
Robert Upshaw, a 7' center who had previously committed to Kansas State remains another potential target, and is announcing his decision at 3pm on Sunday. Upshaw is a 4-star player and currently the 12th best center in the Class of 2012. He is reportedly down to Georgetown, Louisville and Fresno State, which is close to home. The fact that Upshaw is announcing his decision this weekend at a restaurant in Fresno likely doesn't bode well for Georgetown's chances, but who knows.
This has been a pretty big week for Georgetown, and though Noel decided take his talent to Kentucky, the name Georgetown is firmly back at the top of recruits' lists. Should JTIII and the staff be able to land Pollard, Hayes, Upshaw or a combination of two of them, the Hoyas will be well-positioned at all spots on the floor for the immediate future.