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NEW GUYS: Ewing’s Incoming 2020 Class is ‘Tough’

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Let’s take a look at the Georgetown freshmen...

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Yes, Hoyas fans have had some good news recently with regard to the class of 2021, however, that’s a whole year away.

So, with the start of the 2020-21 college basketball season (allegedly) only two months away, and expiration of the two-week on-campus quarantine for the basketball team, now is the perfect time to take another look at some of the newcomers on the Georgetown Hoyas squad.

There have been a couple changes since we looked at the expected roster in May, but there still appears to be some very good competition for minutes at several positions.

Some fans may be concerned with a situation where 7+ players are added coming out of a quarantine summer-workout schedule, but most expect Patrick Ewing to step on the gas pedal and use a deep bench.

Even with shortened season preparation time, individually this group of freshman may be better prepared for a number of reasons, but chiefly: “toughness.”

Last checked, Rivals had Georgetown’s freshman class ranked #54, with Jamari Sibley ranked #107 nationally, along with Kobe Clark ranked as the 39th best small forward in the nation.

In May, Bobby Bancroft spoke with Corey Evans, formerly of Rivals, on Kente Korner, who described the incoming freshman class as possessing “toughness.”

Toughness can go a long way in the BIG EAST, and it certainly can’t hurt Ewing’s hopes to (finally) improve the defense.

Evans had a lot more to share in a discussion that should be listened to by all diehard fans, but here are some quick thoughts from Evans’ recruiting desk on the freshmen:

Dante Harris

Evans noted that “Harris is a quick downhill guard.” Dante Harris has relayed himself, that he is now 6-foot tall and 170 pounds, growing a bit since he committed.

Harris played on Bobby Maze’s AAU team and brings a humble outlook and terrific work ethic. However, the hopeful optimism of whether he is as fast as his videos portray will only linger until game #1!

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Dante Harris Highlights!

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Jamari Sibley

Evans said that “Jamari Sibley is very skilled, giant, 6’8” small forward.”

Hoyasaxa18 wrote for Casual Hoya that:

At 6’8” with a long and lean build, Sibley runs the floor extremely well and is a good finisher with both hands at the rim. He is a quick leaper and will often look to dunk when he gets an opportunity. Later in his high school career, he has shown flashes of a diverse skill set, with a nascent face-up game and a willingness to use a turnaround jumper from the mid-range.

His jump shot is a work in progress, but he is a willing shooter who gets good rotation on the ball.

Sibley had an injury last season Strength will come as Sibley develops. His shot-form looks decent and one can easily see Sibley’s shot improving under the tutelage of Coach Crouch.

Kobe Clark

“Kobe Clark is an explosive wing-forward,” said Evans.

Kobe Clark looks big, strong, and ready to play. When Clark committed, Hoyas fans were excited about this posterizing dunk (and still are).

Here are some other highlights:

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Kobe Clark Highlights!

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Collin Holloway

Collin Holloway joined up in June, after Evans’ appearance on Kente Korner. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward from Louisiana can play wing and post. His strengths are said to be his rebounding, moving without the ball, and driving from the wing.

Here are some highlights from late last year:

T.J. Berger

Evans said that “T.J Berger brings some balls skills and shot-making.”

Berger’s shot looks like it comes from a little low for the liking of some older fans, but it is consistent and quick, e.g., as part of the “new style.” The son-of-a-coach has played plenty of point guard but told Ewing he’s ready to play any of the 1-3, where of course there will be some ball-handling duties.

Tyler (T.J.) Berger chose Georgetown after de-committing from Penn, but this PA kid appears to have solid talent. In a respectable league, on a powerhouse Westtown team, Berger was named first-team All-Friends School League as a junior, as well as his senior year. We’ll see!

It should be noted that Evans also identified that “Tyler Beard is a pit bull,” however, Beard is deferring enrollment for a year due to covid-19 concerns. Beard’s toughness is well known.

More on transfers and returning athletes to come.

Be sure to check the Scholarship Table and start memorizing these guys’ names today!