Towards the end of the podium portion of coach Patrick Ewing’s introductory press conference he mentioned that he had already met with the remaining members of the basketball team and that he would be doing so again on Thursday.
He then jumped right into the uncertainty surrounding next year’s roster, which will likely look much different than it currently does at the moment simply because the numbers are low.
“I’m not sure who is going to be staying,” Ewing said in front of a standing room only crowd inside a first floor room of the Thompson Athletic Center the included at least six of the eight scholarship players currently in school and on the the roster. (I’ve not included LJ Peak in this as he’s indicated he will hire an agent.)
“I know there are some people talking about leaving. So I’m going to meet with them tomorrow and we’re going to sit down individually and discuss what their visions are and what my visions are. If they’re going to buy into my vision and take it from there.”
By my count, Jessie Govan, Tre Campbell, Akoy Agau, Trey Mourning, Kaleb Johnson, and Jagan Mosely were all in attendance as Ewing frankly said that he knows some of them might be bailing in the near future. I didn’t see Jonathan Mulmore or Marcus Derrickson but it’s possible I missed them.
Georgetown made Jagan Mosely available to the media for a few minutes as we waited for another chance to talk to Ewing in the back of the room.
The rising sophomore guard out of New Jersey who started 20 times and saw action in all of but one of the Hoyas 32 games this past season made it clear as to his intentions going forward.
“I have no thoughts of transferring just to clear that up,” Mosely said.
“I’m staying here for sure.”
Mosely, who averaged 4.2 points per game as a freshman and was second on the team with 2.5 assists per game, didn’t believe the news about John Thompson III’s dismissal at first.
“I first found out from one of my teammates while I was on my way to class and I didn’t really believe it until I saw the news,” Mosely explained.
“It was kind of shocking to me because I really didn’t think it was going to happen and then when it happened it was like what do I do now. I called my parents let them know what my options are and just wait for the new coach to be hired. Everyone who I called said stay put, keep focusing on school, and wait for the new coach to be hired.”
So what was Mosely’s reaction to the Hoyas hire?
“I was excited,” Mosely said with a big smile.
“I’m a big Knick fan so seeing him and being at Georgetown was a big excitement for me and another NBA mind I can just learn from.”
One of the questions I’ve had is how much do the younger players still know about Ewing, who last played in the NBA back in 2002. If you listen to Mosely, the name still carries big weight, even with the younger guys.
“Oh yeah, of course,” Mosely said when asked if he thought today’s recruits would know about the Hall of Famer know in charge at Georgetown.
“He coached in the NBA for 15 years I think. So I mean he’s been coaching guys that are like three, four years older than me so it’s still my era.”
So if you want to speculate about which players are leaving, take Jagan Mosely off that list.