Well there has not been a whole lot of Georgetown Hoyas news this off-season (good?) but the BIG EAST has certainly been active between draft declarations, coach carousels, and ... transfers... here are the links:
A more nefarious reason would be the, um, short amount of time spent between this announcement and a certain announcement that was made on Friday. Markus Howard decides to skip the NBA Draft process to stay at Marquette, and immediately the Robin to Howard’s Batman and Robin’s brother decide to jump ship, all this coming off of a brutal losing streak to close off the season. I’m not one to guess how clubhouse relations are going, but this isn’t much of a guess. The connection seems obvious. Something was happening beyond the scenes that forced their hands.
Think about it this way: Sam is transferring to sit one year to play one year. Joey already used his redshirt year in 2017-18 after he left high school, and will have to, barring some weird NCAA ruling, burn his sophomore year of eligibility while sitting out and play for two years wherever he lands.
Sam Hauser told ESPN that he and his brother are planning to go to the same school.
James Akinjo, Freshman, PG: A ... It’s funny to think back on the time when Akinjo was the subject of heavy criticism by Hoya fans after the Marquette game at Capital One. The freshman guard from Oakland grew into his role as floor general as the season went on. He finished the season averaging 13.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Certainly, there were a couple of bumps in the road, and he will continue to have to learn how to balance out his scoring ability with his responsibility as the chief distributor on this team moving forward, but Akinjo established himself as the on- and off-court leader of this team. Akinjo is the de facto captain of this program until further notice.
Anthony, on the other hand, filled more of a scoring guard role, something his career to this point reflects. He’s probably a more effective defender than Mannion when locked in, using his body to push ball handlers off their spots. Anthony is still undecided on where he’s headed next year, though most have him going to North Carolina to replace Coby White.
As of now, his game fits into the same archetype of a player like Jamal Murray: a shoot-first lead guard who gets by on quickness, intelligence, and fearlessness. Anthony finished with a team-high 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting, with eight boards, two assists, a steal, and a block. Perhaps more importantly, his team finished with a hard-fought 93-87 victory, avenging last year’s loss to an R.J. Barrett-led World squad.
Will Cole Anthony alone give the Heels a preseason national championship team? No. Truth be told, there will still be a lot of work that’ll have to be done by both the current players as well as Roy Williams on the recruiting trail in order to make that happen. However, Anthony makes the possibility of UNC being a title contender a conversation worth considering down the road, which is a lot better than the conversations that would take place without him.
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Recruiting News! The Hoyas has remained involved with grad-transfer 6’9 232 lbs Power Forward Alihan Demir. Alihan attended Drexel for two years and averaged 13 pts, 6 rebs, 50% FG, and 32% 3pt. Alihan is a great post player who has an arsenal of moves to score. He is a great pick and roll player who is great at finishin around the rim or relocating for a three pointer. He will take a visit to Minnesota next week. The only colleges that are in the race for Alihan are Georgetown m, Minnesota, Texas A&M, Texas Texh, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, and Arkansas. The Hoyas could use a power forward with his skills so let’s hope we can land Alihan!
Arcidiacono, a 6-foot-3 guard, just finished his post-grad prep year at Perkiomen (Pa.), where he averaged 20 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 4.7 assists per game. He also shot a team-high 41.9 percent from long range....
In the alleged wiretap in which Wade was caught discussing an offer with Dawkins was a discussion over paying a recruit believed to be LSU freshman Javonte Smart, who as a freshman last season averaged 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the SEC-winning Tigers.
”I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade reportedly said in a conversation with Dawkins, which was caught on wiretap. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”