As of today we are less than two weeks away from the 2016-2017 Georgetown Hoyas Global Domination Tour.
To help pass the days leading up to the opener, Run DSR and I will bring you our expert(ish) profiles of each member of the Georgetown men’s basketball team. Feel free to tell us we’re idiots in the comment section, because that is what the internet is for, but we like to think we mostly know what we’re talking about. Each post will feature one player (with the exception of today’s — I’ll get into that in a minute), his basic information, what we’ve seen from him in the past and what we’d like to see in the future.
Today, I’m mostly here to tell you about freshman guard Jagan Mosely. But before we get to him, I’m going to briefly note our two non-scholarship players, George Muresan and Ra’Mond Hines.
Hines is a 6-foot-4 junior guard who worked as one of the team’s managers last year until John Thompson III asked him to dress as a precaution during a particularly bad spate of injuries and illnesses. He’s not listed on this year’s roster at guhoyas.com, but reports from Hoya Madness indicate that he was honored as a member of the team. The Georgetown Voice’s Alex Boyd wrote a nice profile of Hines last year, but we don’t know much about his game. Frankly, if we ever do find out much about his game, something has gone horribly wrong. But if the Hoyas struggle with injuries again, don’t be shocked if you see him make an appearance toward the end of the second half.
Muresan is a 6-foot-9 walk-on freshman forward and the son of 7-foot-7 former Washington Bullets center Gheorge Muresan. Your correspondent didn’t see him play in any Kenner League games, but here are some highlights from last season. Unless he’s put on a lot of muscle — like, a LOT — in the last few months, I don’t expect him to be ready for much floor time at the college level. Still, he has nice footwork, a solid outside shot and might not be done growing yet, so I would welcome any irresponsible speculation about his development into a Nowitzki-esque matchup nightmare in the next few years.
Now that we’ve gotten introductions and the “wait, who’s that?” portion of the article out of the way, it’s time to meet our only scholarship freshman, Jagan Mosely!
NAME: Jagan Mosely
POSITION: Combo guard HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 WEIGHT: 205
WHAT WE KNOW
We’ve never seen him on the court at Verizon Center, obviously, but high school scouting reports and Kenner League performance give us a pretty good idea of what Mosely can do. Coming into this summer, we knew the St. Anthony’s product was a tenacious, athletic combo guard with a high motor and great work ethic.
*momentarily passes out from recruiting cliche overdose, recovers*
Mosely’s Kenner League showing confirmed what we thought we knew — the freshman was all over the court, playing tough defense, diving for loose balls and finishing at the rim with authority. He also showed off some surprisingly good ballhandling and passing skills, and while we don’t anticipate he brings the ball up too often this year, it’ll be useful to have another capable ballhandler in the rotation in case of a full-court press. Shooting-wise, Mosely’s no Ray Allen, but his mechanics are solid and he did sink a few threes over the course of the summer.
WHAT WE EXPECT
Get used to this disclaimer: This year’s rotation is damn near impossible to figure out, so our predictions of who fills what roles might be wildly inaccurate.
With that in mind, it’s tough for me to find a ton of time for Mosely this year unless our wildest dreams all come true and JTIII presses/runs for 40 minutes a night. He seems to have the strength and speed to defend any perimeter position, which works in his favor, but I would anticipate Mulmore, Campbell, Pryor, Peak and Johnson to play ahead of him on the perimeter. Mosely’s best chance at minutes would come if some of our forwards end up in foul trouble and JTIII elects to go small, sliding Johnson or Peak down to the 3/4.
Still, it’s worth noting what Kenner League correspondent vv1983 wrote in July:
“It is going to be hard to keep Jagan on the bench. He is going to force his way into minutes at PG, and probably some at the 2 as well.”
Mosely seems like the type of player that makes things happen on the floor, and that may help him leapfrog Campbell and/or Johnson in the guard rotation, depending on how comfortable JTIII is with a freshman running the point and/or defending the opposition’s best perimeter player. Due to his youth and our depth, I’d still expect him to start the season mostly on the bench, but don’t be surprised if that changes quickly.
And, of course, there’s this: