Senior forward Jamorko Pickett has declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and announced he will forego his fifth year of NCAA eligibility.
The four-year starter is a fan-favorite who will be missed.
Jamorko Pickett made it official earlier that he will go pro and pass on the chance to play a 5th year at Georgetown.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) May 14, 2021
Big East champion, 1,000 point scorer, led the Hoyas back to the NCAA Tournament. Will go down as a fan favorite along with classmate Jahvon Blair
Since Kenner League before his freshman year, Pickett has demonstrated glimpses of NBA potential. With his height and wingspan, scouts salivated when he drove to the basket, grabbed a casual 8 rebounds in 30 minutes, or drilled a mid-range bucket. Pickett played his best basketball this year, partially due to flattening the arc of his three ball late junior year and was a trusted sniper this season.
Jamorko Pickett’s steady improvement and four-year dedication is a testament to the Georgetown coaching staff.
Playing, over the past four years, various positions 2-4—and even center, a couple times—Pickett will be most remembered for his minutes as a high-rebounding, tough-defending, smooth shooting power forward for the Blue & Gray. Fans appreciated his hard work on both ends.
Led by he and Jahvon Blair as seniors in a tough, abbreviated quarantine season where no one gave Georgetown a chance, the Hoyas brought home a banner and made the NCAA Tournament.
While Pickett’s pro announcement was expected, fans of the Georgetown Hoyas were holding onto hope that Patrick Ewing might have Pickett’s length and shooting at his disposal for one more year—a year that wouldn’t count him towards the 13-scholarship limit. Georgetown appears to be a little thin on tall, quick shooters and defenders for 2021-22.
Withdrawal from the NBA Draft and returning could be possible, but mention of hiring an agent makes the chances very near zero.
With Blair already announcing his departure for the professional ranks, fans await word on Chudier Bile, the catalyst to the Hoyas’ post-COVID break turnaround, who is also not expected back.
Best of luck, Jamorko! Hoya for life! HOYA SAXA!