The fate of this humble lunch blog lies in the hands of 2021 recruit Ryan Mutombo. Mutombo plans to announce tonight at 8:24PM (Kobe o’clock). The question is, did Patrick Ewing and staff do enough to secure the commitment of the Hoya Legend’s son?
8:24PM tonight. Commitment.— Ryan Mutombo (@RyanMutombo) October 4, 2020
Since at least July, Casual Hoya had repeated that if the son of the hall-of-famer Dikembe does not choose the Georgetown Hoyas the blog will be shut down.
If Ryan Mutombo doesn't commit to Georgetown, I will shut down https://t.co/r6WTVffqps. Root for whichever outcome you prefer.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) July 15, 2020
In August, Mutombo was apparently choosing from Georgetown, Georgia, and Stanford.
2021 four-star Ryan Mutombo tells me he’s being prioritized by Georgetown, Georgia, and Stanford.— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) August 14, 2020
Ryan says he isn't going to make any pre-announcement beforehand. Says we will know when he announces his decision when it happens.— Aidan (@AidanCurran_) August 17, 2020
Recruitment seemed over in late August, however, since then, Tennessee and Mutombo have been mentioned together a whole lot—and UT is perhaps (gulp) the leader in the clubhouse for the commitment tonight.
From @BSnow247, on Ryan Mutombo: “Now it is a matter of seeing if the Volunteers can hold on, or if the pull of Georgetown is too much and he makes that call in the end.” https://t.co/TEj1VeSRS1 pic.twitter.com/7h5smsbDsC— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) September 14, 2020
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.
Eric Bossi has flipped his FutureCast prediction for Ryan Mutombo to Georgetown. Mutombo is a 4⭐️ C and one of the few remaining on Stanford’s board. https://t.co/6WsRl4Kytv— Stanford Hoops (@StanfordHoop) September 28, 2020
There will naturally be more attention on Ryan if he chooses 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 has to 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 if Ryan does choose Georgetown. He’s bound to make his own legacy if and when he sets foot on campus.
Still, with other 2021 recruiting news going on for Patrick Ewing’s staff—and everyone’s favorite panic-button-fact: only one apparent scholarship left—the recruitment of Ryan Mutombo would presumably be the final spot and the icing on a solid recruiting class cake.
Blessing! Thank you, Wootten 150, for the invite‼️ pic.twitter.com/CKUYHbp15m— Ryan Mutombo (@RyanMutombo) September 29, 2020
Many aren’t convinced that there isn’t a flexible scholarship situation for now. If Ewing goes over by one on scholarships, there’s still plenty of time to figure things out, so jumping to conclusions on other 2021 recruits seriously doesn’t help. Ewing is still talking to 2021 recruits as of 5 days ago.
Senior Cyncier Harrison (@iam_cyncier) tells me that he will speak with Georgetown later today.— jake lieberman (@jakelieberman2) September 29, 2020
The expected incoming class of Jalin Billingsley (6’8”, Cleveland), Jordan Riley (6’4”, Long Island), and Tyler Beard (6’1”, Chicago) is quite exciting and has potential to be one of the best in the nation. Apparently Beard has recently been a man on a mission and scoring at a very high clip, and Jordan Riley has had a new highlight video or two come out.
In case you haven’t heard, Ewing did miss out on a 2021 recruit today in guard Jakai Robinson.
4-star recruit Jakai Robinson has committed to @CanesHoops out of National Christian Academy, @247Sports reports. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard chose Miami over Seton Hall and Georgetown, marking the third commitment already for the team's 2021 class.— Wyatt Kopelman (@Wyatt_Kopelman) October 4, 2020
Nevertheless, Ryan Mutombo clearly has a place at the Hilltop in 2021—at least for the sake of the blog!! Here are some more highlights of Ryan Mutombo:
Make the right choice, Ryan—whatever you determine will be the right choice, regardless of how it may affect the fate of the Casual Hoya blog.
Georgetown fans have about 3 hours to go until Mutombo Time.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) October 4, 2020
Ryan tweeted that he'll be letting everyone know his choice at 8:24 pm.
Non televised decisions are generally better for the Hoyas.
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