Sophomore wing Stephen Domingo will transfer from Georgetown, according to multiple reports. Domingo played sparingly this past season despite the Hoyas' desperate need for wing depth and floor-spacing shooting. His transfer concludes one of the more confusing, brief Hoya careers.
Domingo initially committed to Georgetown in May 2012 as a member of the class of 2013. The California native had a reputation as a sharp-shooter, which he largely had backed up on the AAU circuit. With Otto Porter and Greg Whittington both poised for breakout sophomore campaigns, Domingo seemed poised to replace them at Lanky Wing U. But that narrative changed when, in July 2012, it was announced that Domingo would be enrolling at Georgetown immediately, even though other players his age were still seniors in high school. Still, with Hollis Thompson having departed, the delusional among us thought that Domingo might replace Hollywood's outside shooting.
No such luck, as Domingo made just 3 of 27 three-point attempts over two years at Georgetown. Although he was given generous minutes right away, Domingo didn't appear to be ready for the college game. His shot was off, and he struggled to affect the game in other ways. His confidence appeared to wane, and he did not play meaningful minutes during conference play.
There was some hope that his sophomore campaign might be better, and without Porter, Whittington, and for part of the season Jabril Trawick, the minutes certainly were there. But Domingo rarely saw action even on this depleted roster and, once in the game, simply didn't score. He was surpassed in the rotation by freshman Reggie Cameron, another touted sniper who connected a bit more frequently. With Aaron Bowen returning for a fifth season and three highly touted wings arriving in next year's freshman class, Domingo's prospects for more playing time in the future were not good.
Domingo joins fellow transfer Moses Ayegba on his way out the door. Currently, Georgetown has 11 scholarship players for next season, 2 short of capacity, but a number that should allow the freshmen plenty of minutes. Depth could be an issue in ball-handling and in the paint, but Domingo was unlikely to help in either department.
Domingo originally chose Georgetown over schools that were academically oriented (Harvard), on the West Coast (Washington), or both (Stanford). While his play at Georgetown probably didn't raise his stock, it's reasonable to think that some of the same suitors will at least give him a look. He's still just 18 years old, and likely will benefit from sitting out one season before becoming eligible.
Domingo looked the part of a good teammate, was intelligent when interviewed, and always appeared to have an upbeat attitude on the bench. He's a good kid, and we wish him well.