There’s only 15 days until the Georgetown Hoyas and the rest of college basketball kick-off the 2019-20 season.
Omer Yurtseven has been honored with a preseason top-25 center pick, Georgetown’s reputation is slowly making progress with the media, including some votes in the AP poll. Andy Katz has spent some time with the team and Patrick Ewing, do fans trust his preseason assessment? Will other college basketball writers come around sooner rather than later?
Also, there are a couple links about R.J. Davis in case anyone wants to do a postmortem evaluation on the recruitment.
Here are the links:
Others Receiving Votes:
Others receiving votes:Washington 164, Colorado 152, Tennessee 78, Marquette 68, Florida St. 36, Davidson 34, Harvard 24, Illinois 14, Missouri 13, Mississippi St. 12, Houston 11, Georgetown 11, Cincinnati 8, Notre Dame 7, Creighton 4, Syracuse 3, NC State 3, Vermont 2, Alabama 2, Southern Cal 2, Liberty 2, Michigan 2, Dayton 1, Colgate 1, Providence 1.
The top 25 has three Big East squads in the top 20 to start the year. Villanova is #10, followed by Seton Hall at #12, and then Xavier at #20. Three more Big East squads earned points but finished lower than Marquette: Georgetown (11 points), Creighton (4 points), and Providence (1 point).
1. Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown Hoyas
Georgetown is a program on the rise entering Patrick Ewing’s third season at the helm. Now, the legendary center boasts one of the best big men in the country. Everybody wanted Yurtseven, who averaged 13.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 1.8 BPG (he also connected on 22 of 44 3-point attempts) for NC State in 2017-18. He elevates the Hoyas in a competitive league.
Why is @GeorgetownHoops the perfect fit for @OmerYurtseven5?— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 18, 2019
“Coach Ewing - he’s a top 5 center all-time. Learning from him and spending 2 to 3 hours in the gym everyday.”
( - @TheAndyKatz) pic.twitter.com/8Xpk1TSWt8
18. Georgetown (20): The more I look and talk to the Hoyas the more I’m on board with their big three of James Akinjo, Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven. The Hoyas are a legit Big East top three contender.
19. Villanova (14): The Wildcats lost to USC without their starting backcourt Collin Gillespie (broken nose) and Bryan Antoine (shoulder surgery). Still, freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished the exhibition game with 20 points and nine boards. If he can deliver on his pub then the Wildcats could weather the early season as they get healthy.
Recruiting Update: Georgetown, Marquette, & Seton Hall are among the programs pursuing Canadian 2020 physically gifted/skilled 5⭐ CG Karim Mane (@KarimMane_ ). All three @BIGEASTMBB programs are heavily involved, making multiple trips this month to @vcbballD1 to @KarimMane_ . https://t.co/N4VyNRfiUF— BIG EAST BUCKETS (@BIGEAST_BUCKETS) September 26, 2019
North Carolina was able to get Davis, a standout at White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac, on campus for an official visit the weekend of Oct. 12.  Shortly after the trip, Davis realized UNC was the school for him.
“A couple of days after I got back from my visit I discussed it with my family,” Davis told 247Sports . “We discussed it that Sunday I came back and then I went another day to sleep on it to get a feel for it and it just stuck with me.” ...
“Then there’s the fan support,” he added. “I wanted to go to a school that would have a college experience, so I was looking at that as well. The fans love the basketball team there, they are always supportive. It just felt like the place for me and felt like home.”
“I want to have a real college experience at a winning program,” Davis said. “I want to go to a place where I can have a relationship with the coaching staff, reach out to them before or after practice and have meaningful conversations. I just want to make an impact and have an opportunity to play wherever I go.”