July 9th, a date which just might be a casual Tuesday to you and me, signifies something much greater in the world of college hoops as it is the beginning of the "evaluation period" for recruits across the country, the so-called "live period" as coaches from programs near and far descend on various gyms to watch potential recruits in person and evaluate their games.
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L.J. Peak pulled off what, to this point, has been the recruiting surprise of the summer by committing to the Georgetown Hoyas over the South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida State Seminoles.
Robinson remains one of the Hoyas biggest targets in the '14 class.
With Peak now added to the fold, Georgetown now has commitments from three perimeter players in the '14 class with Tre Campbell and Isaac Copeland also having pledged for the Hoyas. Georgetown, without getting creative with the numbers, has one scholarship left to give for the 2014 class and the odds are heavy that the Hoyas will target a big man for that scholarship.
In this update, I will give you a look at some of the post prospects still on the board for the Hoyas and where things stand with their recruitment at this time.
Hoyas Frontcourt Targets:
Elbert Robinson: The big man from Texas looks to be the top prospect on the Hoyas board at this point. At the NBAPA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, VA last month Robinson was one of the more dominant big men in attendance, averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The average of 6.2 rebounds per contest was good enough for fifth best among the 20 Centers in attendance. Robinson is slated to take an official visit to Louisville, one of the remaining schools under consideration along with Georgetown, Kansas and Ohio State, sometime in July.
While Louisville has been a major player for Robinson up until this point the recent commitment of Jaquan Lyle raises the question of whether there will be room for the Cardinals to take more than one big man and if Elbert Robinson is the top candidate on their recruiting board with prospects like Trey Lyles, Cliff Alexander, Myles Turner and Goodluck Okonoboh still available and interested in Louisville. The visit to Louisville will be something to watch going forward in order to gauge where Robinson's interest is with the Cardinals program. A future visit to Georgetown, should one be scheduled, would be paramount in the Hoyas chances of landing the highly touted big man.
Paul White: The big man from Whitney Young HS in Chicago, Illinois took his first visit to Washington D.C. and the Georgetown campus late last week and had very positive things to say about the experience. White has a long established relationship with, newly hired, Hoyas assistant coach Tavaras Hardy that should help Georgetown's chances in landing a commitment from the highly touted PF.
The fact that the Hoyas just picked up a commitment from L.J. Peak, one of White's former teammates at Whitney Young HS, should only help the Hoyas chances as a familiar face could now be helping push White toward the Hilltop. White told Hoya247 that he was "still holding [Georgetown] up there" in his list of schools he is currently considering.
Khadeem Lattin: Lattin made one of the more interesting moves I have ever seen from a basketball prospect when he decided to leave his local high school in Houston, Texas to go abroad and attend the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. Due to a lack of exposure from going overseas Lattin saw his ranking drop by many of the major recruiting services.
The Hoyas have made an impact with West coast target Zylan Cheatham.
However, this never halted the Hoyas pursuit of the 6-9 PF. Georgetown, along with Southern Cal, Louisville and Oklahoma have been making the hardest push for the commitment of the Houston prospect. To this point, Lattin has publically stated that the way that the Hoyas have shown they can develop the big men that play there has been a factor in his consideration of Georgetown. One thing of note with regard to Lattin's recruitment is that he will be remaining in the United States for the foreseeable future.
Zylan Cheatham: Cheatham may be more of a small forward/wing player than a true post but the Hoyas have made an impact on the standout from the West coast by all accounts. When the Hoyas elected to extend a scholarship Cheatham's way in May he went on the record with Hoya247 about the significance of the offer.
While it may be difficult to pry Cheatham from the West coast his skillset makes you think that the Hoyas will continue to put in the necessary work with him to try and land his commitment. It wouldn't be the first time Georgetown has been able to pull a kid from the West coast and Cheatham has become quite the in-demand prospect.
Georgetown will have at least one scholarship left to give in the class of 2014. Should there be any further roster attrition between now and then it is possible that John Thompson III and staff could add multiple players to the class that currently is ranked as the fifth best in the country.
Casual Note: Class of '14 big man Elbert Robinson will not be participating in this week's Peach Jam due to a concussion.
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