Georgetown fans had their off-season boredom alleviated late Wednesday night when point guard Tre Campbell committed to Georgetown via Twitter. Campbell is a product of the District, attending St. John's College High School, which previously produced another Georgetown point guard, Chris Wright, he of the heart of a champion. Campbell joins Isaac Copeland in Georgetown's 2014 recruiting class.
According to scouting reports, Campbell is known as a speedster who plays with plenty of energy. He's a natural scorer but a willing distributor. At 6'2", 170 lb., Campbell has a similar build to current Georgetown lead guard and DMV product Markel Starks, whom he'll replace on the Hoya roster. Scouting reports are mixed about Campbell's jumper, but he has some time to bring it up to his predecessor's high standards. Here are some clips of the newest Hoya:
Campbell's stock has been on the rise of late. When he first visited the Hilltop last September, Campbell was a relatively new name for Hoya fans, and as recently as December, he was rated as a mid-major prospect. But a strong high school season resulted in his selection to the Washington Post's All-Met second team, and some impressive showings on the AAU circuit this spring led to offers from Maryland, Pitt, Xavier, and, eventually, Georgetown. He (wisely) accepted that last offer Wednesday night. Campbell's commitment to Georgetown over Maryland is particularly important, given recent signs of recruiting life from the Harvard of College Park. For those who put stock in the national ratings, Scout has Campbell slated 88th in his class, Rivals rates him 121st, ESPN has him unranked, and 247 has him as 106th in its composite rankings and inching toward a four-star prospect overall.
For now, Georgetown has a scholarship for just one more classmate for Campbell and Copeland, though a transfer or early entry can change that. But with a lead guard and a versatile forward already in the fold for 2014, JTIII has some liberty in pursuing recruiting targets for that year and the ones ahead. Without a post in either of the next two freshman classes, don't be surprised to see the staff continue to put the press on 2014 big men like Elbert Robinson and Khadeem Lattin. Georgetown also is hot on the trail of more guards and swingmen than I can keep track of, let alone list.
For now, though, let's welcome the newest Hoya to the Hilltop. He will be a valuable addition to what's shaping up to be a strong recruiting class.