Potential Hoya: Jagan Mosely
After reeling in strong recruiting classes in 2014 and 2015, John Thompson III and his staff have not been able to secure any commitments in the Class of 2016 yet. Still, there is plenty of time to bring in some high-quality players, and the staff is watching many high-quality players. New Jersey product Jagan Mosely is the latest on that list.
Weight: 205 lbs
Year: Rising high school senior
School: St. Anthony (New Jersey)
Recruiting Profile: Class of 2016
ESPN: 3-star recruit, not in the ESPN Top 100
Rivals: 3-star recruit, #115 prospect
247Sports: 3-star recruit, #191 prospect
Mosely is a hard-nosed guard with a relentless motor. At 6-foot-3, his height is not ideal for his natural shooting guard position, but his 6-foot-9 wingspan offsets that to a certain extent. He complements his length with explosive athleticism, and his combination of physical tools and a high energy level makes him an extremely effective on-ball defender at the high school level.
The rising senior also uses his athleticism to attack the rim effectively. However, his outside shooting and ball handling are not yet on par with his athletic ability. At his size, if Mosely can continue to develop his skills, he could suddenly blossom into a phenomenal physical prospect at the point guard position. However, his game will need to continue to evolve in order for him to turn into that player.
Although Mosely is not one of the most highly touted prospects in his class, he does have offers from a number of programs, including Big East rivals Seton Hall and Xavier as well as Rutgers, Pittsburgh, SMU, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, and Northwestern.
Mosely recently visited Georgetown and received a scholarship offer. Although the Hoyas are a little late in joining his recruitment, his list of offers, while fairly impressive, does not contain any of college basketball's traditional powerhouses. As a result, if Thompson and his staff were to choose to get seriously involved, Mosely would seem like a realistic target, and should be worth tracking as the recruitment season continues.
Georgetown's potential fit with Mosely starts with one thing: academics. As you can tell from his list of offers, Mosely is a high-level student who has attracted interest from many of the best academic schools in the country. He possesses a 4.2 GPA, which is at the top of his class at St. Anthony.
In addition, Mosely plays for the legendary coach Bob Hurley at one of the best high school programs in the country. He was a Second Team All-State selection in New Jersey, and his team also featured Wichita State commit Markis McDuffie and NJIT commit Mohamed Bendary.
During the summer season, he plays for the New Jersey Playaz, one of the top teams in the area, alongside fellow top 2016 recruits Myles Powell and Temple Gibbs. As might be expected from a player who plays against some of the best competition in the nation, he is widely acknowledged to be a hard worker who is committed to improving, and it seems that from an intangible standpoint Mosely is a great fit for the Georgetown program.
On the court, his tenacity and athleticism could make him a valuable four-year player. In his early years, Mosely could play some of the minutes vacated by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera before later assuming a larger role as an upperclassman.
It is clear that Georgetown prioritizes character and academics in its players, and Mosely undoubtedly fits that profile. On the court, Mosely could play a similar role to former Georgetown guard Jabril Trawick. Early in his career, he could fill some of the minutes vacated by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera before transitioning into a larger role later in his career.
Mosely is not the most hyped guard prospect that Georgetown is currently recruiting, as the Hoyas are still in the mix for players like Curtis Jones and Bruce Brown. However, there's no reason that the Hoyas couldn't bring in more than one guard prospect, as the team has unfortunately been a little short on guard depth in recent years.
Any team can use a defensive stopper, and Mosely has the potential to develop into that kind of player. After seeing the value of Trawick's tenacity and desire, it seems that Mosely would be a valuable addition to the program, particularly with the Hoyas' lack of commitments in the Class of 2016.