The fate of this humble lunch blog lies in the hands of 2021 recruit Ryan Mutombo.
Casual Hoya has recently reiterated on Kente Korner that if the son of the hall-of-famer Dikembe does not choose the Georgetown Hoyas the blog will be shut down. So be sure to vote in Hoya Madness and Hoya Sadness before Casual finds an “off” switch.
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
But it sounds like Georgetown fans may have an answer soon and there may not be much lead-in time or fanfare with his decision. Mutombo is 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
Mutombo is a 6’11”+ 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.
Now, it’s down to Georgetown, Stanford, and Georgia. It seems like the odds are in our favor for Mutombo (and having a blog) as the FutureCasts and Crystal Ball predictions lean heavily to Georgetown. While Rivals’ Corey Evans hasn’t changed his prediction since May, about a week ago Georgetown received predictions from Dan McDonald, who has followed Ryan Mutombo closely, and Russell Johnson, who covers Georgia Tech.
Ryan Mutombo currently has 6 predictions to Georgetown + zero to other schools #Hoyas https://t.co/HqEpsEkgN9— Hoya Paranoia (@paranoia_hoya) August 17, 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. One would think that means stay away from the Dikembe jokes, memes, and gifs. He’s bound to make his own legacy.
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 should not be thought of as a done-deal.
2021 four-star Frankie Collins has set his commitment date.— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) August 15, 2020
Final 8: Georgetown, Auburn, Kansas, Arizona St, Michigan, New Mexico, USC, & Vandy. https://t.co/FTd5MPDs36
Frankie Collins, a 6’1” 4-star point guard from Nevada, who took an official visit to Georgetown with Mutombo, will be making his decision on Wednesday. Unfortunately has predictions trending towards Michigan, but keep an ear out. (UPDATE: Collins chose Michigan for these reasons)
Four-star incoming senior Malachi Smith will announce his college decision on August 29th, he told https://t.co/RYnUq4yGIy. Rutgers, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, amongst the contenders.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 15, 2020
Malachi Smith, as Casual Hoya has shared before, is a 6’1” guard who is “considered one of the best players in New York” with “many analysts suggest[ing] Smith’s recruitment would’ve exploded this season if AAU games had gone as planned.” Stockrisers calls Smith a top-5 NY-area guard worth more than his 3-star rating and noted in mid-July that “Ewing  has been very vocal in landing Smith.” He could be joining his brother at Dayton or going elsewhere.
More recent news, and syntax error aside, Camryn Carter is 6’2” 2021 combo guard from (you guessed it) Louisiana, who has been turning some heads of late. Georgetown seems to be his best opportunity thus far.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Georgetown !!! @noelitebball @N_O_Elite pic.twitter.com/dM6PBptkK4— Cam Carter (@camryncarter23) August 17, 2020
If Ewing goes over by one on scholarships, there’s still plenty of time to figure things out, so jumping to conclusions seriously doesn’t help. 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.
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:
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
Heard the same— 9 wins to go! #pcbb (@Friartown1917) August 17, 2020
Brian Snow has updated his confidence rating for his Crystal Ball prediction and written about it. It’s behind a paywall (of course!), however our fellow fans indicate it means Ryan Mutombo is coming to Georgetown.
That sound you hear is @CasualHoya breathing a sigh of relief. https://t.co/mc1oRHtmqq— Hoyas247 (@Hoyas247) August 21, 2020