UPDATE II: Jalin Billingsley is expected to announce on Saturday, August 1st, at 5:30 PM (ET?) on social media. Since yesterday, the Hoyas picked up a few more forecasts from the Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports and a couple FutureCasts came in on Rivals. We shall see!
2021 4⭐️ Jalin Billingsley will announce his commitment tomorrow at approximately 5:30pm via Twitter/IG.— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) July 31, 2020
Skilled 6’8 Forward will choose between Arizona State and Georgetown. pic.twitter.com/4jpl6jS24j
UPDATE: Georgetown made the “‘Top 2” along with ASU for Jalin Billingsley. He’s set to announce Saturday, August 1st. A Crystal Ball prediction on 247Sports for Georgetown has emerged since the “‘Top 2” announcement, and while a second FutureCast came out, the first prediction switched to ASU.
There seems to be something different in the air with fans of the Georgetown Hoyas these days. For one, Patrick Ewing received a commitment from a Long Island guard with tremendous upside in Jordan Riley. Secondly, the commitment of DC-based graduate transfer (with two years left of eligibility), Donald Carey, indicated that the GU recruiting news we do hear might be just the tip of the iceberg. And third, there are several very talented prospects still on the table for Ewing’s staff to recruit hard for a couple last spots.
2021 announcements are coming a bit early in this strange quarantine summer, and a good-shooting power forward out of Cleveland appears to be following the recent trend.
I Will Be Announcing My College Decision On Saturday, August 1st ! #staytuned— Jay Bill (@JalinBillingsl1) July 26, 2020
Ewing and staff have been pursuing the 6’8” Jalen Billingsley for some time, and it appears to be down to 10 schools including ASU, Akron, Dayton, Penn State, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Youngstown State, but one piece of news made followers of Georgetown recruiting news take note:
Georgetown just received a futurecast prediction for 3-star 2021 F Jalin Billingsley (@JalinBillingsl1). Billingsley, who is ranked as the 147th best prospect in the class per @247Sports, is making his college decision this Saturday. Georgetown offered in April #Hoyas— Georgetown Recruiting (@GtownRecruiting) July 27, 2020
Georgetown has picked up a FutureCast prediction on Rivals for 4⭐️ 2021 PF Jalin Billingsley.— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) July 27, 2020
Perhaps that, as spots are filling up, the dominoes are falling into place? Capitalizing on momentum can be vital. With Jordan Riley and Tyler Beard in the class of 2021, and Carey around for two years, Ewing appears to have two spots left. For 2021, Georgetown is currently ranked #18 by 247Sports and #24 by Rivals. Georgetown apparently missed out on Bensely Jospeh, who chose to be the lead guard at Miami, as expected, and while Top 75 (F) KJ Adams won’t be announcing until Friday at 6PM CT, most expect him to stay in Texas, if he doesn’t pick Kansas. Player rankings and commitments are far from finalized, but a Billingsley commitment on Saturday would certainly boost those rankings.
Maybe there is a chance another 2021 scholarship may be available for Georgetown to offer, even if these apparent last two spots become filled, as roster turnover is pretty normal now, and a lingering worry of the corona virus won’t likely help stability. Fans can deal with potentially tough news if it comes, but for now the GU recruiting buzz is well merited. After a couple recent summers of wooing grad transfers and chasing de-commits to fill last-minute roster spots, having what looks like a very formidable start to recruiting surely pleases Ewing and Georgetown supporters.
Another prediction of Georgetown for Jalin Billingsley, this one courtesy of @JustinThind of @TheSpartanMag. Gotta like his accuracy, but it’s never over until it’s over. ✌️ https://t.co/Nw6Qp1FGev pic.twitter.com/JfdwNDrJ8O— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) July 29, 2020
Still, remembering how we laughed with schadenfreude at a couple BIG EAST rivals a few days ago, Hoyas fans should always appreciate that (1) predictions can be wrong and (2) we can try our best not to spoil the announcement moment for a high school kid.
Here are the links:
Billingsley, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound three-star forward, said his relationship with Liggins is critical to his success on the court. The two have a bond that pushes him to improve in the classroom, on the hardwood and as a person. It’s a connection Billingsley said he wants to replicate with a coach at the collegiate level, the foremost consideration in his recruitment.
“I play better when I have a personal relationship with a coach,” Billingsley said. “I think it has a lot to do with trust. If you work out with your coach, he can see you putting in work and being dedicated to trying to improve. That coach might not question you as much and he may not have a problem with some of the shots you take because he trusts you.”
2021 4⭐️ Jalin Billingsley @JalinBillingsl1 of Tru Game/Lutheran East is a skilled Forward that can impact the game in a variety of ways.— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) July 18, 2020
Not many 6’8 prospects in America can drive the lane hard, elevate in the paint & drop a dime in mid-air to a teammate for an easy bucket. pic.twitter.com/f9DAjSSmi5
Jalin is an athletic 6’8 prospect that can create his own offense from the wing, bury perimeter shots and facilitate for others while having the size/strength/elevation to protect the rim, finish contested shots in the paint and swallow up the boards ...
“The schools recruiting me the hardest are Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Temple, Penn State and Dayton.”
Billingsley is tentatively slated to make a commitment in the late Fall/early Winter.
“I am hoping to decide sometime before the High School season.”
Jailin is looking for a school that makes him a clear priority with the chance to compete for minutes early on.
I want a stretch four just about as much as anything next (short of Mutombo), and Billingsley profiles perfectly for it. https://t.co/rprRJpGFpe— Nolan (@NationWideNolan) July 27, 2020
He tweeted last month that he added offers from Georgetown and Temple.
247sports.com rates Billingsley as the No. 25-ranked power forward nationally in the Class of 2021 - and the sixth-best player of the class in Ohio.
Billingsley helped the Lutheran East Falcons to a 20-3 record and Sweet 16 appearance last season.
Jay is growing in all facets rapidly...!! The kid is nothing but humble and represents @LEFalconsHoops in a perfect way. He’ll be making a program more than happy, flat out Winner that will do whatever it takes. @endless_motor @sammybball87 @JalinBillingsl1 https://t.co/MoaRdhmFar— Coach Johnny Faddoul (@JohnnyFaddoul) May 26, 2020
Billingsley played at the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Showcase, a recruiting event featuring close to 100 of the top boys basketball players in Ohio, in July at Capital University. Dozens of college coaches from around the country and Ohio attended ...
Billingsley ranks 12th on an OHHoops.org list of top 2021 recruits from Ohio. Billingsley attended Western Reserve Academy before transferring to Lutheran East, which reached the Division III state championship game last season, losing 55-42 to Harvest Prep. Billingsley had six points and seven rounds in the championship game.
Jalin Billingsley of Lutheran East HS working on lateral movement in the sand... pic.twitter.com/cfMS1p9Vda— Mac Stephens (@MacStephens) March 29, 2019