How many times over the past seven years have you wondered what a Georgetown team would be like if they just had a bruiser? Ever since the departure of Mike Sweetney, Georgetown has been missing some toughness and roughness in the paint. Sure Roy Hibbert held his own, but he was no DeJuan Blair or Jeff Adrien. All our Big East rivals are landing the players that put Georgetown in the national spotlight 25 years ago. But times are a changing, I hope...
Meet Maurice Walker, a 6'10'' center out of the Class of 2010. Maurice hails from the great country of Canada and ESPN states that he is very strong and not afraid of contact. When was the last time you heard that about a Georgetown recruit? Hoyaballa reported last month that Maurice was set to visit Georgetown in September, but that has not been confirmed. Regardless, Northstar Basketball is projecting that Maurice will commit to Georgetown, below is an excerpt from their report:
Maurice Walker, C, 6'10, Brewster Academy (NH)
2nd in Line: Pitt
3rd in Line: Texas A&M
Watch Out for: Virginia Tech, Kansas
After playing his high school ball in Canada, the big man came to Brewster Academy for a PG year, and thus far it seems he has made a sound decision, as numerous high-major programs are on his trail. Walker has previously stated that Georgetown, Pitt, and Texas A&M are his top three, and Virginia Tech has been involved for a while. Kansas is another school that has taken notice of the low post player. It may be tough for Texas A&M to maintain the high standing with Walker, as the Aggies already have commitments from two class of 2010 big men in Tobi Oyedeji and Daniel Alexander. Mark Turgeon and Co. are definitely in play though. Georgetown may well be the favorite here. A program that has a history of producing NBA big men and one that has been quite successful under John Thompson III, the Hoyas seem to be in search of another big man to go along with Nate Lubick. Pitt is another program that is hoping to add a post player to its class of 2010, and the Big East is intriguing to a lot of top-notch prospects, such as Walker. Virginia Tech is another option here, and Kansas should never be discounted for any prospect.
He might not be at the top of the radar for the big recruiting powerhouses but that is fine by me, JT3 seems to get the most out of players who do not come in with national accolades.
Take the Northstar report was a grain of salt, however. Their report did not even mention Georgetown as a school in the running for Roscoe Smith, who recently narrowed his list of schools to Georgetown, Duke and UConn.