Citing unnamed sources, local reporter Brandy Simms has tweeted that Trey Mourning plans to transfer from Georgetown. This would appear to confirm rumblings around the Hoyasphere of Alonzo III’s departure.
Mourning would depart having seen little playing time over three years as a Hoya. Trey played averaged less than a point and a rebound per game at Georgetown, frequently being confined to a clean-up role at the end of one-sided games. He showed skill in those limited appearances, memorably hitting a couple of jumpers in a narrow loss to Duke in his sophomore year, and then seeing significant run over a close win over Creighton and a failed comeback at Providence, where he tallied his career highs in points (10) and rebounds (5). For some reason—perhaps because of his slight frame, or a crowded front-court rotation—these positive showings never brought Mourning an uptick in playing time, even as coach John Thompson III juggled lineups in search of an answer this season. The last two games saw Mourning sidelined in a suit, without explanation.
Despite his limited stat line, Trey’s transfer would still be significant. First and foremost, such a transfer would detract from Georgetown’s image as a family program. Mourning is the son of Hoya great Alonzo Mourning, one of the pillars of the Georgetown basketball program who remains an avid fan of the Hoyas and a representative of the University, having served on the University’s Board of Directors. Trey playing for the Hoyas continued a tradition that also includes former player and current director of basketball operations Patrick Ewing Jr., former player Riyan Williams, and, most prominently, head coach JT3. This is pure speculation, but it may be that Mourning would be a graduate transfer, seeking playing time elsewhere; he is rumored to be a strong student, and graduation in 3 years in conceivable.
Mourning’s transfer also would be important because of the sudden lack of warm bodies on next year’s Georgetown roster. With Tremont Waters reportedly not bound for the Hilltop, Rodney Pryor, Bradley Hayes, and Reggie Cameron all graduating, and now Mourning transferring, Georgetown will have, at best, 9 scholarship players for next season. The Hoyas would appear to have plenty of big men like Mourning for the year ahead, but a team that ranks near the bottom of the nation in foul rate can never have enough players.
Finally, this development is intriguing because it will feed speculation about whether Trey is the last domino to fall, or merely the latest. Are more departures forthcoming? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, as is tradition around these parts, Trey’s a good kid, and we wish him well.