2021 4-star recruit Ryan Mutombo has chosen the Georgetown Hoyas over Tennessee, Stanford, and Georgia in an announcement today.
Casual Hoya will not be shuttering the blog, for now.
Over the summer there were a bunch of Georgetown-leaning forecasts from the FutureCasts and Crystal Ball predictions. However things seemed bleak for Ewing and the Hoyas when Rick Barnes and Tennessee rumors started coming.
Mutombo is a 6’11”+ forward/center from Atlanta who was steadily climbing the rankings during the pre-quarantine time. Ryan Mutombo took an official visit to Georgetown for the Villanova game.
His father, Dikembe, has always indicated he would come to Georgetown to be with Ewing, who he refers to as “family.” But things are never simple. The kid is a big time recruit, teased his father with desires of attending UNC, and was heavily recruited by programs like Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Arizona who made offers.
2021 four-star Ryan Mutombo tells me he’s being prioritized by Georgetown, Georgia, and Stanford.— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) August 14, 2020
There will naturally be more attention on Ryan with the decision to come to Georgetown. He told Rivals in April that Georgetown “made it bigger than just a legacy thing” and “explained the vision they have for me in their program,” which was “really meaningful to” Mutombo. Mutombo must have noticed the endless tributes to the late John Thompson, along with Georgetown’s history of social awareness and preparation for a life after basketball.
Of course, one might suggest that students and alumni should stay away from the Dikembe jokes, memes, and gifs. He’s bound to make his own legacy if and when he sets foot on campus. He’s really good.
Georgetown 2021 target, 4-star C Ryan Mutombo, has received an invite to the Coach Wootten Basketball Camp. Invites were sent out to the top 100 players in the 2021 class #Hoyas https://t.co/5xgaNnHrr7— Georgetown Recruiting (@GtownRecruiting) September 29, 2020
This is the icing on the cake for a very good 2021 recruiting class. In late July, Ewing received a commitment from Cleveland 2021 forward Jalin Billingsley, as well as a Long Island 2021 guard with tremendous upside in Jordan Riley. The week prior, a DC-based graduate transfer (with two years left of eligibility), Donald Carey, committed to GU. With the reclassification and deferment of Tyler Beard in June, Patrick Ewing and staff appear to have used all their scholarships available for 2021.
Ewing would have to maneuver the scholarship situation in 2020 or 2021—e.g., know someone is a walk-on or expect a transfer or deferral—if he accepts another commitment from an impact recruit.
Prior to Mutombo’s announcement for 2021, Georgetown was ranked the 27nd recruiting class by 247Sports and #32 by Rivals. Still, some high school games need to be played this season.
BUMP:— Hoya Paranoia (@paranoia_hoya) October 4, 2020
If Georgetown solidifies a commit from Ryan Mutombo in 2 hours, your Georgetown Hoyas will have the:
#3 2021 class in the Big East
#14 2021 class in the NCAA
Here are some more highlights of Ryan Mutombo:
Throw it down Big Fella ‼️‼️@RyanMutombo @lovettathletics #And☝ pic.twitter.com/NYfU3VUYFv— Jeremy Oliver (@CoachJayOh) December 11, 2019
Ryan Mutumbo blockin’ EVERYTHING ❌ @RyanMutombo pic.twitter.com/OZ0noazaff— Overtime (@overtime) July 11, 2020
Great decision! Welcome to the Hilltop, Ryan!