There are only two dates in April that matter. The first is April 26th. This represents the last day to submit a name for consideration in the 2009 NBA Draft. As far as Georgetown is concerned, no news is good news on Greg Monroe. After the Andy Katz article last week, other sources have stated that Greg will likely return to campus for his sophomore year. Those other sources most likely received their information from Katz, who most likely received his information from an ESPN intern, whose friend's brother's baby-momma's babysitter's neighbor's niece goes to GW and passed by Monroe on M St. once.
The second date is tomorrow, April 15th. This represents the beginning of the Regular Signing Period for NCAA Division I Basketball Programs, or the date where athletes eligible to play collegiate athletics for the 2009-10 academic year, that have not already committed during the Early Signing Period in November, can sign letters of intent to college programs.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a very interesting and important period for Georgetown Basketball. The team has lost its two most experienced players and a transfer. This leaves the team with 8 scholarship players for the 2009-10 year, which is 5 under the maximum allowed. Coach John Thompson III has received two verbal commitments from high school juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick, so conservatively, Thompson has 3 scholarships to offer this signing period (assumes all 8 current scholarship players return next year and he signs no one else for the 2010-11 season). Below is a list of all the players cited as being involved with Georgetown and some information on where they stand in the recruitment process. If you have any updates/new information, feel free to pass it along.
Latavious Williams - Latest we have heard on the highly-touted big man is that he will look to play overseas, à la Brandon Jennings, if he cannot academically qualify for the Class of 2009. He is also considering Memphis, Baylor, Kansas State and Florida State.
Vee Sanford - After the dismissal of Billy Gillispie, Sanford was thought to be a sure thing for Georgetown but talk has died down as of late. He will reportedly visit later in the spring. It is unclear whether Georgetown has offered him a scholarship but they are still hanging around the discussion.
Jamal Olasewere - As talk of Sanford has muted, discussion of Olasewere has increased significantly since a Post article stating he had taken an unofficial visit to campus. No word on whether an offer has been extended.
Lamont Jones - He had originally given a verbal to Virginia Tech, but backed out of the commitment in March. Georgetown had been on the list when Lamont initially committed to VT, but looks like he is now heading west to USC.
Gokhan Sirin - Not much about him other than this report on Rivals.
Richard Armandi - Not much on the big man other than this report on NBE Basketball.
Javon McCrea - Nothing else other than this article stating that we are interested in him.
Allen Chaney (transfer) - Chaney who announced his transfer from Florida on Friday, is looking to transfer to a school near his hometown of New London, CT. Somehow Georgetown is on the list of schools close to his hometown that he is interested in.
There have been more names mentioned with Georgetown but information is limited. These players include: Rasheed Harrell, Tahj Tate, and D.J. Whiten. Chances are that we will not be seeing these gents donning the dear ol' Blue and Gray come next season.