Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas have added a 4-star, top-100 ranked recruit and son-of-a-legend in Ryan Mutombo to their terrific 2021 recruiting class.
Georgetown 2021 recruiting class after tonight's news.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) October 5, 2020
PG Tyler Beard
SG Jordan Riley
PF Jalin Billingsley
C Ryan Mutombo
This is easily a Top 20 class for the Hoyas.
Ewing is currently out of scholarships to give for 20-21 .
The second biggest news of Sunday for the Hoyas may be that Patrick Ewing is apparently not done with the 2021 class. Mutombo will be helping out with the recruiting of 5-star wing from D.C., Aminu Mohammed.
The last quote, I asked Ryan Mutombo who he’s recruiting to join him, his answer: Aminu Mohammed.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 5, 2020
I can confirm that Patrick Ewing talked with Mohammed and his guardian Shawn Harmon recently.
Hoyas, looking to bring a major class to the Hilltop. https://t.co/LdpqidBaPl
Whether that means that a scholarship is open now or that Ewing is banking on something coming available after this season is up for discussion.
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Why the Hoyas? “It stood out because Patrick Ewing would just be the perfect mentor for me to study and develop and grow under. Our skill sets are so similar.”
How much does this mean to you? The ties to the school, how much did familiarity mean to you? “It means a lot to me. The trust factor was big because I know [Coach] Pat so well. I try not to focus on the legacy as much because I have a lot of preparing to do before I can be in that conversation.”
Discuss the recruiting process? What ultimately made you decide now was the time? “It came down to Stanford, Georgia, Tennessee, and Georgetown. I had so many great options and there were really times where I almost committed to another school, but it definitely wasn’t a lock for Georgetown as most people predicted. It was a long process to get to this point.”
Congrats Jr we’ve come a long ways Son we couldn’t be happier for one of our D1 kids @RyanMutombo @officialmutombo let’s go finish the drill#TFfamily4life#Another1#Zeroexcuses pic.twitter.com/eMUGe4Q88P— TeamForrest AAU (@TeamForrest_AAU) October 5, 2020
The four-star center from The Lovett School in Atlanta took his only official visit to Georgetown and his relationship with Patrick Ewing through his father came up big here for the Hoyas. Among the other schools Mutombo considered before his decision were Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
108 NATL - ST 19 POS RYAN MUTOMBO VERBAL COMMIT 10/4/2020 GEORGETOWN 7’0” | 210 LBS | C | 2021 LOVETT ATLANTA, GA N/A
A 7-foot center who has bulked up to around 235 pounds, Mutombo has really come on in the past 18 months in his physical development. He’s put on over 30 pounds of muscle to allow him to be more of a force in the paint and better able to make the transition to college. His skill level has improved as well and he is starting to confidently hits mid-range jumpers and finish in the post with either hand.
2021 four-star Ryan Mutombo has committed to Georgetown. pic.twitter.com/fhQ8y5DlxS— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) October 5, 2020
Ranked as the No. 80 prospect in the industry generated 247Sports Composite Rankings for the class of 2021, the 6-foot-11 Mutombo is someone that Hoya fans have really wanted in their program for quite some time...
A true center, Mutombo is at his best as a position defender who can rebound and also protect the rim. While not an elite shot blocker, his length and size do allow him to alter shots and be a force on the back end of the defense.
Also, Mutombo is someone who runs the floor fairly well, has pretty good hands, and shows a solid shooting touch out to the mid-range, though his bread and butter is still scoring on rim runs and off of a screen and roll situations where he is the roller.
Georgetown has landed a commitment from Class of 2021 center Ryan Mutombo | ZAGSBLOGhttps://t.co/R2FNKrsPBo— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) October 5, 2020
For the Hoyas, Mutombo’s commitment is a significant step for Patrick Ewing in building back the family culture of Georgetown that some Georgetown basketball alums have commented has slipped in recent years. On the court, Mutombo will become the successor to Qudus Wahab when his Georgetown career ends, and provides even more depth at a position that is well-stocked for years to come at Georgetown.
Mutombo will have the opportunity to spend time improving his body and developing his game further for a year or two as he plays behind Wahab and Timothy Ighoefe. Mutombo’s commitment fills Georgetown’s last open scholarship spot on their roster at this point in time. It is, however, expected that at least one more spot will open up after the upcoming season, and the Hoyas will continue to make a hard push for the commitment of five-star wing Aminu Mohammed (Greenwood Laboratory School/ Washington, DC).
No suprise heck of a pick up for Coach Ewing great for Georgetown basketball https://t.co/APhmNTRNxV— Shawn Harmon (@Harmon64S) October 5, 2020
Mutombo, a senior at the Lovett School in Atlanta, is ranked #108th nationally from Rivals.com and #95 in the RSCI consolidated ratings. His recruiting stock rose last season before the COVID-19 restrictions took hold, and opted for Georgetown over a strong push from Tennessee.
“I know Georgetown is great and it’d be great to go to my dad’s alma mater, but I have to make sure I make the right choice for me if I’m trying to get to the next level beyond college,” Mutombo said. “I’m just making sure I keep all my options open.”
Ryan stands with Patrick Ewing Jr. (2006-08), Riyan Williams (2013-16), and Trey Mourning (2014-19) as second generation players at Georgetown in the last two decades.
Ryan Mutombo chose the Hoyas over a final four that also included Tennessee, Stanford and Georgia. Although Georgetown was always the perceived favorite due to his father’s playing for the Hoyas, Tennessee was squarely in the mix down the stretch. A legitimate impact recruit in his own right, Mutombo is ranked No. 94 in the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class.
He’s the No. 15 center in the country and reportedly averaged about 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks last season for The Lovett School (Georgia). Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing made Mutombo a priority recruit in his 2021 class, and Mutombo is the fourth pledge for the Hoyas. He joins guards Tyler Beard and Jordan Riley, and forward Jalin Billingsley. Ewing is still strongly pursuing two five-star prospects in 2021, guard Aminu Mohammed (No. 11) and Efton Reid (No. 18).
Mutombo’s commitment reaffirms Georgetown’s status as a family program. The father-son combo of Dikembe and Ryan is just one of many that have been involved with the Hoyas over the years. From the Ewings, the Mournings, and of course, the Thompsons, Georgetown can boast a strong family legacy within its program.
For an anxious fanbase, Mutombo’s commitment to Georgetown should not only help to assuage fears that the program can’t reel in recruits with whom it already has preexisting relationships, but also that the program isn’t capable of bringing in top-tier talent. His commitment disproves both, and builds on an already talented class that has the athletic ability to play the run’n’gun style that Ewing has coveted for the past few years.
Georgetown’s 2021 Recruiting Class:— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) October 5, 2020
4-star center Ryan Mutombo
3-star shooting guard Jordan Riley
3-star combo guard Tyler Beard
3-star power forward Jalen Billingsley
Ranked 14th nationally by @247Sports #Hoyas
The Atlanta native already features an impressive combination of size (6’11”, 235 lbs) and athleticism, the same attributes that helped make his dad an NBA star, but he’s also been working to expand his play to fit the modern game. It’s helped elevate his long-term outlook.
“The next step for me in college is definitely to become at least a 35-percent three-point shooter,” he told 247Sports’ Evan Daniels in June. “That’s the next step for me, and I think that’s going to take my game to the next level I think” ...
“I’m assuming the offers came from schools watching my games from this year,” he told Rivals’ Dan McDonald in April. “Now that everybody is stuck in quarantine [because of COVID-19] and not able to go out, the coaches are starting to watch film this from this year.”
Ryan Mutombo is a four-star big man ranked 80th nationally by recruiting database 247 Sports, and he caps a solid recruiting class for Ewing, who begins his fourth year helming the Hoyas this fall. Mutombo joins three-star forward Jalin Billingsley, three-star guard Jordan Riley, three-star point guard Tyler Beard and guard Donald Carey, a Maryland native and graduate transfer from Siena. [Carey is expected to be on the 2020-21 roster as a graduate transfer]
“Ryan is a traditional, old-school center,” said Brian Snow, 247 Sports’ national recruiting analyst. “He is every bit of 6-11, has long arms and can run the floor and rebound. He should continue to develop his physicality going forward. He has been a bit of a late bloomer and has work to do in terms of lateral movement and with his athleticism, but in the right scenario he brings a valuable role to the Hoyas.”