There’s been a mild flurry of tweets and articles about recruiting and how the Georgetown Hoyas will fare this upcoming season—including some actual content on this humble lunch blog (podcasts and film room on transfers Terrell Allen and Omer Yurtseven).
The Hype Is In the Air for #BIGEASThoops!— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) September 19, 2019
➡️ As many as 5 Top-25 teams in national preseason polls
➡️ @NovaMBB and @SetonHallMBB each featured in the Top-10 of select polls
➡️ @XavierMBB, @GeorgetownHoops and @MarquetteMBB garnering attention pic.twitter.com/6Ng7nYRu2r
The Hoyas have been getting some attention from bracketologists and potential pollsters. The overview on Georgetown this season from The Athletic (excerpt below) is well worth the read and hopefully promising for solid future (premium) coverage.
‘Where in the World is Patrick Ewing’ has seen Big Pat all over the country these past two weeks, including Richmond to see Efton Reid, but it has taken another turn with Ewing recruiting up north today.
Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing will be in Canada today to meet with Top-50 senior Karim Mane, a source told @Stockrisers. Has had 10+ schools in during live period.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 19, 2019
Karim Mane is a 2020 combo guard—there’s also been a couple recent offers to guards in that class—so feel free to try to read the tea leaves regarding the R.J. Davis recruitment...
Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall [yesterday], Ole Miss, Georgetown, and DePaul, were in today for four-star senior Shakeel Moore, a source told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 18, 2019
Here are the links:
Georgetown – Jamarko Pickett, Junior, 6-foot-8
A member of Patrick Ewing’s first recruiting class, the Washington, D.C. native put up a strong freshman season, but just averaged 6.2 points per game on 38 percent shooting as a sophomore. Ewing liked the way Pickett defended, and he continued to get solid minutes, but a second-year offensive struggle kept him from breaking out alongside a star-studded freshman class. If Pickett’s perimeter shot can find consistency and he can take the next steps offensively as a junior, that could be a key variable as the Hoyas try to return to March Madness for the first time since 2015.
The Bahamas trip caught his teammates off guard, even those who’d been watching him play in practice for an entire year. “I watched him in practice during his redshirt year but I never really saw him against other competition,” Mosely says. “That was kind of my first time seeing him against players where he wasn’t playing the same people every day.” What did Mosely see? “His strength level. NBA body. Just … grown man strength.”
Ewing isn’t shy about placing the brunt of expectations on his Turkish center’s broad shoulders. “A person of his size and sneaky athleticism, he can do a lot of different things,” Ewing says. “He can post, he can shoot the 3. I’m going to expect a lot of out of him. He’s a person that I’ve been pushing on hard from Day 1.”
In other words, Ewing wants to see more from Omer Yurtseven than what he saw from the then-sophomore at N.C. State. Much more. Fortunately for all involved, Yurtseven expects the same. If things play out as planned, the big man is bound to be recognized for more than just being big.
Despite posting strong numbers last season, Josh LeBlanc is the least-discussed of Georgetown's rising sophomore class. Can be a major difference-maker for the Hoyas. Averaged 9.1p/7.3r/1.1b as a FR.— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) September 19, 2019
[continued] “To me [LeBlanc is] every coach’s dream,” Ewing says. “You don’t have to call a play for him. His energy, his effort (is always there) every night. That’s what he brings to the table. His basketball IQ. He’s relentless.”
Josh LeBlanc was the unsung star of Georgetown’s freshman corps last season, a highly efficient, low-usage role player with crazy length and the prototypical reactive wing’s skill set. The staff is pushing LeBlanc to further expand his game this season — he made 63 percent from inside the arc last season but attempted just seven shots outside it — but even if LeBlanc is just a slightly better version of his freshman form, he will still be a crucial, positionally flexible piece in the puzzle. At best, he could be much, much more.
Hoyas Hoop Club President @mpghoya talks all things Hoyas on Kente Korner thank you @CasualHoya & @BobbyBancroft a great listen and insights into the upcoming season @GeorgetownHoops @DCHoyas @hoyatalk @BigEastTourney @hoyas24 https://t.co/Oc71BLE1mp— Hoya Hoop Club (@HoyaHoopClub) September 18, 2019
Reece Brown, the 6-foot-9, 190-pound wing from Loomis Chaffee (CT), is being recruited by Rice, UNLV, Wisconsin and Georgetown, among others...
“Playing for Coach [Patrick] Ewing and Georgetown would be incredible learning from an NBA legend. I think I can definitely develop and play in a great conference as well. We haven’t talked about visit dates yet but I’d love to take an official there.”
46. Names of some lesser-accomplished guys who should become buzzy, easy to love, easy to hate, etc.: LSU’s Skylar Mays, Texas’ Andrew Jones, Illinois’ Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Wisconsin’s Brad Davison, Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti, Duke’s Alex O’Connell, Purdue’s Matt Haarms, Georgetown’s James Akinjo and Mac McClung.
#Georgetown will be in the building to watch 6'5 2020 Jalen Suggs, 7'0 2021 Chet Holmgren, 6'6 2022 Prince Aligbe, and 6'8 2022 Chase Carter this afternoon (amongst others). All play with a simply loaded @Minnehaha_BBall squad and for @grassrootshoops on the AAU circuit.— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) September 17, 2019
Always a Big Deal when Coach Patrick Ewing and Georgetown stops by! pic.twitter.com/Hrg9AjvNPu— Minnehaha Redhawks (@RedhawksAD) September 17, 2019
Open practice 10/5. Calendar it.