Class of '15 top 100 4-star center Jessie Govan has committed to Georgetown. Govan chose Georgetown over UConn, Syracuse, Ohio State and others.
Congrats to Ny lightning 2015 Jesse Govan just committed to Georgetown— Dana Dingle (@NY_Lightning) May 13, 2014
Georgetown has really struggled with frontcourt scoring recently. Noah Dickerson and Jessie Govan should definitely change that— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) May 13, 2014
Hoyas' future frontline is going to be ridiculous - Copeland, Govan, Derrickson, Dickerson, & White in '14 & '15
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) May 13, 2014
Love this pick up for Georgetown. Jessie Govan really knows how to score with his back to the basket. His right hook is automatic.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 13, 2014
"What made him choose them now was him, his parents and everybody was sold on their development and the history of the big guys, the centers they've had in the history of the program," Dingle told SNY.tv by phone. "They were pretty much sold on that and it was hard to overlook.
"And they have a need for a center. They don't really have any centers after this year, so there's an opportunity to come in and play early. And it's not too far from home, in the Northeast."
Govan, averaging 15 points and almost 5 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit, visited Georgetown two weeks ago and came away impressed.
"The visit went very well," he told SNY.tv. "Coach [John] Thompson and [coach Tavaras] Hardy did a great job. I got to see the campus, play with the team, see the campus life. We went to the Verizon center, got to see the arena. I had a great talk with John Thompson II, as well, and that was very cool. All in all, it was a great visit."
Govan fills a need for Georgetown, which will lose Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins after this coming season from an already-thin low post rotation. Govan, Derrickson and Dickerson join a deep stable of front-court players in the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes, which also includes Isaac Copeland, Paul White, and Trey Mourning. Those players will compete for minutes, but each offers a unique skill set, with Govan being the true center the school has lacked for quite sometime.
With Govan, Derrickson and Dickerson on board, Georgetown still has two scholarships open for 2015, assuming Mourning is on scholarship rather than a walk-on. The Hoyas likely will now focus their remaining recruiting efforts on the perimeter, where the staff has been courting Allonzo Trier, Dwayne Bacon, Bryant Crawford, Terance Mann, Ray Smith, Joshua Reaves, and others.
Welcome to the Hilltop, Jessie Govan.