Finally, some news! According to a report by Jon Rothstein, Robert Kirby will join Patrick Ewing’s staff, returning to Georgetown, where he previously was an assistant coach under John Thompson III from 2010 through 2012.
Kirby is a strong recruiter with ties to the South. He arrived at Georgetown for his first stint after several years at Rick Stansbury’s staff at Mississippi State. Since leaving the Hilltop in 2012, Kirby worked for Josh Pastner at Memphis and served two separate stops at LSU, the latter as an associate head coach. During those stops, Kirby was the lead recruiter for two top-ten recruiting classes (LSU, 6th, 2013; Memphis, 10th, 2015).
During his previous time on the Hilltop, Kirby landed two top-100 recruits in his first year: Tyler Adams and Our Lord and Savior Otto Porter. Kirby plucked Adams from his former Mississippi stomping grounds uncovered Porter thanks to having played with Otto’s dad in college.
Kirby will certainly bring the recruiting expertise that Ewing needs as he starts his college career. One question is whether Kirby will be able to translate that expertise to actually landing recruits. It hasn’t always been easy to convince kids to leave the deep South, and time will tell whether Kirby and Ewing will be able to do so.
The news of Kirby’s expected hire probably means that Georgetown will not be hiring Orlando Early as an assistant. Early, a former N.C. State assistant, had been rumored to be joining the Hoyas’ staff, but neither Kirby nor Early recruits the DMV primarily. Hiring such an assistant will be essential, particularly in light of Friday’s additional news that Maryland hired former Georgetown assistant Kevin Broadus, a deeply connected D.C. recruiter.
Will that be local guy be Tony Skinn? Who knows? That remains a mystery, as does the role of Louis Orr, the only other reported hire. Stay tuned!