Unfortunately, but as many predicted, another student-athlete is leaving the Georgetown men’s basketball team. With Patrick Ewing adding (at least) two transfers and five freshmen, more roster news was expected.
After weeks of rumors and Instagram spying, rising sophomore Jamari Sibley has entered the transfer portal and will be leaving the Georgetown Hoyas.
"I wish Jamari all the best in his future," said Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing. "He's a good kid and he works hard."— Voice Sports (@GUVoiceSports) May 17, 2021
Georgetown released a statement saying:
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University freshman men’s basketball player Jamari Sibley entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday.
“I wish Jamari all the best in his future. He’s a good kid and he works hard,” Head Coach Patrick Ewing said.
Sibley appeared in 21 games during the 2020-21 season, averaging 1.2 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting in 5.5 minutes per game.
Georgetown finished the season with a 13-13 record, making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The Hoyas went 7-9 in BIG EAST play, before winning four games in four days to win the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament for the program’s league-best eighth title.
Sibley scored 25 points in 117 minutes this season. The slender forward’s shot looked good at times, but he couldn’t find consistent minutes with Patrick Ewing’s squad.
Georgetown tweet: Jamari Sibley, a 4-star recruit last year who oddly averaged fewer than 6 minutes per game, has entered the transfer portal. Could see that coming...— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) May 17, 2021
Somewhat controversially, Patrick Ewing did not play Sibley much (if at all) in several early games, saying, “When I think he’s ready to play, that’s when he’ll play.”
The potential for a frustrated player was there but Sibley remained calm, if not stoic. A mid-May announcement of transfer seems a bit late as rosters are firming up and the portal hits 1,600. With the NCAA’s bonus eligibility, Sibley has four years of college basketball available.
Some fans have noted Sibley’s coincidental portal timing with regards to the announcement of his friend Patrick Baldwin, Jr. to attend UW-Milwaukee where Baldwin’s father coaches.
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Fan expectations were high for Sibley coming in. As a 6’8” four-star, top-100ish recruit out of Wisconsin, Sibley was highly touted before breaking his arm/wrist playing with Oak Hill Academy.
Entering the season, he was Ewing third-highest ranked incoming recruit, behind Jamorko Pickett and James Akinjo. Sibley committed to Patrick Ewing on November 29, 2019—right before the Great Defection and recruit Terrance Williams decommitted. He stuck with the team and earned that 2020-21 BIG EAST Tournament Championship banner.
At the time, Hoyasaxa18 wrote about Sibley and his selection of Georgetown (over Iowa):
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.
Looking at the Hoyas’ roster news, last month, TJ Berger entered the transfer portal and is headed to San Diego. Last month, Georgetown lost Qudus Wahab to the transfer portal, but no one from the team else had left. Seniors Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett announced they will each be hiring agents and move on to respective professional careers. Under current rumors, grad transfer Chudier Bile, also with a bonus year of eligibility left, is expected to turn pro, too.
Power forward appears to be a spot of weakness for Georgetown, at least with regards to the rebounding and shooting that fans have been accustomed to with Pickett in recent years.
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) *likely 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 (committed 4/12)
- 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)
- 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:
- Jahvon Blair SR G 6-4 (only bonus year left) *announced he is going pro
- Chudier Bile GRAD F 6-7 (only bonus year left) *believed to be going pro
- Jamorko Pickett SR F 6-9 (only bonus year left) *believed to be going pro (maybe)
- 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)
- Jamari Sibley FR F 6-8 (3 yrs, plus bonus year left) (entered transfer portal 5/17)
Good luck to Jamari in the future. We wish him the best.