Fans of the Georgetown Hoyas are cautiously getting their hopes up with 6’6” 5-star forward Chris Livingston out of Akron, OH after he cut his list down to four schools.
Weeks ago, Livingston shared some very kind words about Georgetown and Patrick Ewing after the Livingstons made a recent official visit to the Hilltop.
Livingston told Jacob Polacheck of Zagsblog that he loves “Patrick Ewing, what he’s done for the game and how he gives back, being the Hall-of-Famer that he is” and “Having a head coach like Patrick Ewing – he’s been where I want to be in life and he can really help me a lot.” This is not the first time fans have heard a recruit state this sentiment, but it’s great to hear it articulated from a top prospect.
Talking more about his visit to GU, Livingston said, “They’re really down to earth people that you feel you can relate to,” that “They were just talking about how they can really get me to where I want to be,” and that, “They really believe in me and they’re really nice people.” It’s not every interview that one hears a recruit explicitly say, “That was a good visit,” and it may mean more when he notes how “nice” the people are. The reports were that the entire Livingston family was on-hand to see the campus and hear the pitch. Very good.
The 3rd-ranked prospect of 2022 (ESPN, 24/7. Rivals), Livingston also visited Kansas and Kentucky and Tennessee State University on August 20th. It was reported that he was also considering professional options like the G League and the new Overtime Elite league, but it’s unclear since his “Top 4” announcement. A trip to Memphis is planned for late September.
This feels like good news if that is our steep competition. Especially because those websites seem to err against futurecasts for Georgetown.— HoyaMentality (@HoyaMentality) August 10, 2021
Breaking: Chris Livingston and Cordell Livingston will be moving their Memphis official visit to Sept. 17-19. https://t.co/mOqqI7wMRD— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) August 26, 2021
Livingston announced on Instagram that he will be making his decision on his birthday, October 15th—carefully noting that professional leagues are still in play and that his decision is not yet concluded. October can’t come quickly enough.
On the Kentucky visit, the groundwork on NIL was likely laid on pretty thick. Livingston told The Athletic that they “had a media meeting for name, image and likeness, and they talked about the fan base, how many games they have televised and the media [coverage]” and that they “went in-depth on how your social media will grow once you get to Kentucky, about their TV ratings being more than NBA teams’.”
“Notably, if a coach or a school appears to be promoting particular NIL providers or suggesting particular NIL opportunities, this may be deemed too close of a relationship and coordination in the eyes of different regulatory bodies.” https://t.co/ON00EfDJSB— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) August 28, 2021
Livingston, of course, mentioned that with Georgetown “[b]eing out in Washington, D.C. with all those corporations and businesses out there, that could really help you along the way,” and that “[t]here’s a lot of things that came to mind that they brought to [Livingston’s] attention – their play style and things like that,” summing up that he thinks “it’s real good.” That’s very good to hear.
Like Georgetown’s potential for success, their attractiveness for NIL opportunities may not be what it once was but it should come quickly. With the BIG EAST Tournament run, fans saw plenty of media attention quickly turn their eyes to the Hall-of-Famer rebooting some Hoya Paranoia from the 80s and 90s. What Patrick Ewing can boast about is their pace and potential—and knowledge of long-term financial focus (e.g., moving up in the draft).
For top prospects like Livingston, the decision may merely come down to whether or not Georgetown has “nice people.” Most folks around here would agree that they do.
Thank you, Livingston family, for visiting Georgetown! Hope you all enjoyed your time on campus today— Ryan Mutombo (@RyanMutombo) July 31, 2021
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The roster is expected to turn over just three scholarships and Denver Anglin has already claimed one. There’s always room in Ewing’s lineups for energetic 6’6” athletic guys.