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PORTAL WATCH: Georgetown’s TJ Berger Headed to San Diego (UPDATED)

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Ewing has 7+ new players coming, something had to give.

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Well, we all knew it would happen. Something had to give. Patrick Ewing and his staff are adding two transfers and five freshmen, so there must have been some roster news coming. TJ Berger has entered the transfer portal and will be leaving the Georgetown Hoyas.

This loss hurts more for development than in the short-term. Never short on confidence in his shot, Berger looked to be gaining confidence in his ballhandling.

Berger played 1 (abbreviated) year for Georgetown and had 69 minutes total. He will likely be remembered best for his pregame drills with Coach Crouch.

Berger will also be remembered for his smooth shot, especially two three pointers in the home win over St. John’s in December.

Berger is reported to be very education-minded as he de-committed from Penn to play for Georgetown. However, this may be the best course for him as a student-athlete.

Frankly, shooting guard minutes will have tough competition next season with Donald Carey expected to return and additions in transfer Kaiden Rice and incoming guards Jordan Riley and Tyler Beard. Even with a three-guard offense, Aminu Mohammed is expected to play high minutes as a third guard at the wing.

TJ Berger is from the Philadelphia area and his father Seth is coach of basketball powerhouse Westtown School, as well as the founder of the sneaker/apparel company And1.

2020-21 Game Log Table
Rk Date School Opponent Type GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 2020-12-08 Georgetown Coppin State REG W 0 4 2 2 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
2 2020-12-13 Georgetown St. John's (NY) REG W 0 8 2 3 .667 2 3 .667 1 2 .500 0 1 0 0 1 3 7
3 2020-12-20 Georgetown @ St. John's (NY) REG L 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
4 2021-01-02 Georgetown Marquette REG L 0 9 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5 2021-01-06 Georgetown @ Butler REG L 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
6 2021-01-09 Georgetown @ Syracuse REG L 0 9 1 3 .333 1 3 .333 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 3
7 2021-02-07 Georgetown @ Villanova REG L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 2021-02-09 Georgetown Creighton REG L 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 2021-02-23 Georgetown UConn REG L 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 2021-02-27 Georgetown @ DePaul REG W 0 11 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0
11 2021-03-02 Georgetown Xavier REG W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 2021-03-06 Georgetown @ UConn REG L 0 3 1 2 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
13 2021-03-13 Georgetown N Creighton CTOURN W 0 3 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
14 2021-03-20 Georgetown N Colorado NCAA L 0 6 1 2 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 3
14 Games 0 69 7 15 .467 6 13 .462 1 3 .333 7 7 3 1 5 9 21
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/21/2021.

Last month, Georgetown lost Qudus Wahab to the transfer portal, but no one from the team else had left. Seniors Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair are considered to be moving on to professional careers, as is grad transfer Chudier Bile, with a bonus year of eligibility left, under current rumors.

New additions in Tre King (EKU) and Kaiden Rice (The Citadel), via the transfer portal, along with five freshmen give Patrick Ewing and Georgetown an addition of 7+ new players next season.

Here is what the roster is expected to look like, as of now:

  • Donald Carey GRAD G 6-5 (1 yr, plus bonus year left) *maybe returning
  • Kaiden Rice GRAD G/F 6-7 (bonus year left) (committed 4/17)
  • Tre King SR F/C 6-9 (1 yr, plus bonus year left) *new transfer
  • Timothy Ighoefe SO C 7-0 (2 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Malcolm Wilson RS-SO C 7-0 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Dante Harris FR G 6-0 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Jamari Sibley FR F 6-8 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Collin Holloway FR F 6-6 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Kobe Clark FR F 6-4 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left)
  • Aminu Mohammed G/F 6-5 (incoming freshman, 4 years of eligibility)
  • Ryan Mutombo C 6-11 (incoming freshman, 4 years of eligibility)
  • Jordan Riley G 6-4 (incoming freshman, 4 years of eligibility)
  • Jalin Billingsley F 6-8 (incoming freshman, 4 years of eligibility)
  • Tyler Beard G 6-1 (incoming freshman, 4 years of eligibility)
  • Jaden Robinson WO-JR G 6-3
  • Chuma Azinge WO-SO G 6-3
  • Victor Muresan WO-FR F 6-10

With these 2020-21 Georgetown players moving on, one way or another:

  • Chudier Bile GRAD F 6-7 (only bonus year left) *believed to be going pro
  • Jahvon Blair SR G 6-4 (only bonus year left) *believed to be going pro
  • Jamorko Pickett SR F 6-9 (only bonus year left) *believed to be going pro
  • Jalen Harris GRAD G 6-2 (likely only bonus year left) *no rumors to return
  • Qudus Wahab SO C 6-11 (2 yrs, plus bonus year left) (entered transfer portal 3/25)
  • T.J. Berger FR G 6-4 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left) (entered transfer portal 4/21)

Good luck to TJ in the future. We wish him the best.

UPDATE: Berger is headed to San Diego.