So as the 2014 recruiting season wraps up, I decided to try and take a look at some of the Hoyas' potential recruits for the 2015 class. Feel free to add any prospects that I left out of this post in the comments section so that we can have all of the recruits in one place. I will continue to update this post as more information flows in.
So, without further ado, here are some of Georgetown's early 2015 targets, with height, position, high school, and national rankings from ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals. I have organized these players into three somewhat arbitrary categories, based on Georgetown's standing with them:
Names to Keep on the Radar
Last update: May 24, 2014
Scholarships remaining: 2 (3 if Trey Mourning is a walk-on)
Marcus Derrickson, 6'8" PF, Paul VI High School (Virginia)
Not in the ESPN Top 100, #72 Rivals, #64 247Sports
Scouting Report: Derrickson is a versatile forward with a number of valuable traits. He is a high-effort player who works hard to establish position and snare rebounds, and he can also step out and hit jumpshots out to 23 feet. He is very strong for a high school player, and this allows him to finish well through contact, and his ability to score with either hand is another asset for him as an interior scorer. He is the type of multi-faceted player that Georgetown looks for, and we should be excited to have him.
Hoya Involvement: Derrickson has committed to join the Hoyas for the 2015-16 season.
Noah Dickerson, 6'8" PF, Montverde Academy (Florida)
#66 ESPN, #53 Rivals, #68 247Sports
Scouting Report: Dickerson is a rugged post player who is not afraid to mix it up down low. He has a huge frame and uses it well to create space on the glass, especially on the defensive end. He is a strong interior scorer, is unafraid of contact, and is generally a load in the interior. Dickerson is a great fit for Georgetown, especially because of the lack of big-man depth currently on campus, especially after the graduation of Mikael Hopkins and Joshua Smith.
Hoya Involvement: On May 10th, Dickerson became the second 2015 recruit to commit to Georgetown.
Jessie Govan, 6'10" C, Wings Academy (New York)
#48 ESPN, #60 Rivals, #14 247Sports
Scouting Report: Govan is a true center with good size in the middle, something that Georgetown is sorely lacking right now. He has a strong build, and he is a good rebounder on both ends of the floor. He has shown signs of a developing low-post game, with an improving jump-hook, but he could improve his conditioning and his shooting ability away from the hoop. Govan fills a big need for the Hoyas.
Hoya Involvement: Govan has committed to Georgetown, giving us three top frontcourt recruits in 2015.
Allonzo Trier, 6'4" PG/SG, Montrose Christian School (Maryland)
#19 ESPN, #38 Rivals, #12 247Sports
Scouting Report: Trier is a pure scorer. He can fill it up from beyond the three-point line, and has shown the ability to get to the rim as well. He does not possess truly elite athleticism, but he has excellent size, especially if he winds up as a point guard. Either way, he has the size and length to play either guard position at the college level, and he could be an exciting complement (and later replacement) for D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.
Hoya Involvement: The Hoyas have offered Trier a scholarship, and we are frequently listed among his top schools. However, there is fierce competition for Trier.
Ivan Rabb, 6'9" PF, Bishop O'Dowd High School (California)
#1 ESPN, #2 Rivals, #4 247Sports
Scouting Report: Rabb is a lean big man with exceptional athletic ability. He gets off the floor quickly to snare rebounds and swat shots. He has good touch on the inside with both hands, and he is too quick for most defenders to contain. Simply put, Rabb is a top-notch recruit, as evidenced by his lofty rankings. He could be the next great Hoya big man.
Hoya Involvement: Georgetown is in Rabb's top 12, and he recently had an "incredible" visit to the campus! Time will tell whether Georgetown will be one of Rabb's top contenders or just another also-ran, but it's hard not to get excited about the possibility of having this kid on the roster.
Josh Reaves, 6'4" SG, Paul VI High School (Virginia)
#71 ESPN, #121 Rivals, #126 247Sports
Scouting Report: Reaves is an athletic, left-handed scoring guard. He is very effective going to the hoop. His outside shot needs work, but he has shown a lot of potential as a defender, and mentions defense as the strength of his game. He seems to be one of the few prospects that takes a lot of pride in his defense, and he could be a very disruptive defensive force for the Hoyas.
Hoya Involvement: Reaves recently picked up a scholarship offer from the Hoyas, and Georgetown is generally listed as one of his top choices.
Names to Keep on the Radar
Dwayne Bacon, 6'6" SF, Faith Baptist Christian School (Florida)
#40 ESPN, #33 Rivals, #53 247Sports
Scouting Report: Bacon is a long, athletic wing who is very effective attacking the rim. He has a good handle for his size and he is very comfortable finishing on the interior. He can play above the rim in transition, and he is a solid all-around wing who could impact the game in a variety of ways as a collegiate player. Bacon would be a mouth-watering (sorry) addition for the Hoyas.
Hoya Involvement: Bacon has had an in-home visit with the Georgetown staff and he will visit the campus next fall, but again the competition for Bacon figures to be very fierce. Still, the Hoyas should be in the mix till the end.
Terance Mann, 6'5" SG/SF, Tilton School (New Hampshire)
#78 ESPN, #92 Rivals, #86 247Sports
Scouting Report: Mann is a long, athletic wing, with increasing explosiveness. He is a fluid athlete who can attack the rim with solid ballhandling ability. In addition, he is reputed to have solid basketball IQ for a young player. His jumpshot needs work, but he seems like he could be a solid addition to any offense. Mann could form a formidable wing tandem with incoming 2014 recruit LJ Peak, should he end up choosing the Hoyas.
Hoya Involvement: Georgetown is listed as one of Mann's top choices on most recruiting outlets. At the very least, the Hoyas are right in the middle of Mann's recruiting, giving us as good a shot as anyone to land him.
Ray Smith, 6'7" SF, Las Vegas High School (Nevada)
#26 ESPN, #32 Rivals, #25 247Sports
Scouting Report: Smith is a long, athletic wing who is somewhat raw at the moment, but who projects well for the future. He likes to attack the rim with long strides and explosive leaping ability, and once he improves his jumpshot he will be a very dangerous offensive player. Smith would be an excellent addition, possibly the next player to define the nickname "Lanky Wing U".
Hoya Involvement: Georgetown is one of Smith's top ten schools, and he will visit Georgetown's campus in June. That will be his first campus visit, which is a good sign, but at the same time there hasn't been a ton of buzz about Georgetown's involvement with Smith.
Skal Labissiere, 6'10" C, Evangelical Christian School (Tennessee)
#11 ESPN, #6 Rivals, #11 247Sports
Scouting Report: Skal is a long, skilled center prospect who has shot up the rankings recently. He is an active defender and an excellent shot-blocker, and he would make an immediate impact, filling a huge hole in the Hoya depth chart. He runs the floor well and has good touch on the inside, displaying an improved jump hook. Labissiere would be a huge coup for the Georgetown staff.
Hoya Involvement: Georgetown has been named as one of Labissiere's top three schools, along with Kentucky and Memphis. Most view Georgetown as the third school in that trio, but with Kentucky's glut of big men, the Hoyas could get in the mix here.
Georgios Papagiannis, 7'1" C, Westtown School (Pennsylvania)
#25 ESPN, #44 Rivals, #51 247Sports
Scouting Report: Papagiannis is a towering center prospect with an impressive skillset. He is already a very good low-post scorer with good footwork, and he does a good job of using his frame to establish post position. He is also a very good passer out of the post. Papagiannis might seem a bit redundant in the 2015 class due to the presence of Jessie Govan and Noah Dickerson, but it might no be the worst idea to bring in another big man, as Bradley Hayes, then a senior, would be the only returning center for the 2015-16 season.
Hoya Involvement: Papagiannis recently received a scholarship offer from Georgetown, but his recruit is largely a mystery at this point, because he has only recently moved to the US from Greece. More updates will follow on his recruitment.
Please feel free to add any other prospects that I didn't list in the comments section, and discuss these recruits as well as anything else related to the 2015 class. Thanks for reading!