On Sunday night, Bryson Mozone, a 6’6” G/F and four-year player with USC Upstate in the Big South, committed to the Georgetown Hoyas. Looking at the projected roster (further below), this appears to be the 13th scholarship player for Georgetown. However, with Aminu Mohammed at the NBA Draft Combine, discussions of a current center transitioning to a walk-on role, and NCAA discussions of removing scholarship limits, fans could potentially see further moves by Patrick Ewing and the staff.
Last season, the North Augusta, SC native, Mozone, averaged 15.8 points per games, in 33.2 minutes with 5.7 rebounds. Mozone made 71 of 184 three-point attempts (38.6%) for the year and 108 for 217 of his two-pointers (49.8%). Mozone also made 77 of 90 free throws last season (85.6%). It appears that Mozone has graduated and will be available to play immediately.
CONGRATULATIONS to our most recent graduates!!!! ⚫️ @Aldrich23A @dalvinwhite12 and Bryson Mozone #SpartanArmy ⚔️ #JoinUp pic.twitter.com/3fyJovc1wU— USC Upstate Men's Basketball (@UpstateMBB) May 3, 2022
Mozone looks to be a solid addition, and, turning 22 on July 24th, he appears to be the oldest player on the roster. Judging by last year’s game stats, Mozone may have some streakiness to his three-point shooting, but also had some big nights at the charity stripe.
Mozone had a 24-point effort in a loss to Longwood, where UpstateSpartans.com reported “Senior forward Bryson Mozone led the way for the Spartans, shooting 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the field, including 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from three to lead Upstate with a game-high 24 points while adding six rebounds.”
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The Mozone announcement did not coordinate with a press release from GUHoyas.com. Communications has improved vastly these past few months with an uptick in posts regarding transfer additions, such as, Brandon Murray, Primo Spears, Jay Heath, Akok Akok, and Bradley Ezewiro, as well as freshman Denver Anglin and D’Ante Bass. Hilltop Hoops reported at 7:30 PM that a commitment that evening was possible.
Adam Zagoria and Joe Tipton have picked up the story of the commitment, fans await Georgetown’s announcement or “edit” graphic. This humble blog contributor is not ready to break out his old-Denzell-Hosch-tin-foil hat, but a since-deleted Tweet from an assistant coach has some Hoya-senses tingling.
Georgetown adds high-scoring USC-Upstate transfer Bryson Mozone.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 16, 2022
Perhaps more importantly, Mozone might be the 13th player on this roster. Ending the off-season free agency market would frankly be less fun—especially considering rumors of recent discussions between Patrick Ewing and Qudus Wahab, as well as the small amount of hope that Aminu Mohammed returns if unselected in the NBA Draft. It is understood that NBA Combine invitees who go undrafted are allowed to come back to the NCAA before the Monday after the draft.
Even though I included Bristol as returning - he ended up on the 21-22 roster at some point but never played - we could see 9 players make their Georgetown debut in the 22-23 season.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) May 16, 2022
Good luck guessing the rotation.
The current 2022-23 roster is expected to look like this right now:
- Bryson Mozone 6-6 200 G/F Grad. North Augusta, SC
5 Timothy Ighoefe 7-0 250 C Sr. Lagos, Nigeria / NBA Academy Africa
- 31 Wayne Bristol Jr. 6-6 205 G Sr. Upper Marlboro, Md. / St. Thomas More School (Conn.) Howard
- 32 Malcolm Wilson 7-0 205 C Sr. Columbia, S.C. / Ridge View
- Jay Heath 6-3 195 G Sr. Washington, D.C. / Woodrow Wilson
- Akok Akok 6-9 205 F Sr. Manchester, NH / Putnam
- 2 Dante Harris 6-0 170 G Jr. Washington, D.C. / Lakeway Christian Academy [Tenn.]
23 Collin Holloway 6-6 220 F Jr. Baton Rouge, La. / Port Allen
24 Kobe Clark 6-6 180 F Jr. St. Louis, Mo. / Vashon
0 Aminu Mohammed 6-5 210 G So. Temple Hills, Md. / Greenwood Laboratory School [Mo.]
3 Tyler Beard 6-2 180 G So. Chicago, Ill. / Hargrave Academy [Va.]
4 Jalin Billingsley 6-8 225 F So. Cleveland, Ohio / Lutheran East
- 12 Jordan Riley 6-4 195 G So. Brentwood, N.Y. / Brentwood
- 21 Ryan Mutombo 7-2 252 C So. Atlanta, Ga. / The Lovett School
- Brandon Murray 6-5 214 F Baltimore, Md. / IMG Academy
- Bradley Ezewiro 6-8 246 F Torrance, Calif. / Oak Hill Academy
- Primo Spears 6-3 185 Hartford, Conn. / Mt. Zion (Md.) Prep
- Incoming freshman Denver Anglin 6-2 G from New Jersey
- Incoming freshman D’Ante Bass 6-7 F from Savannah, Georgia
10 Chuma Azinge 6-3 183 G Sr. San Marino, Calif. (walk-on)
- 55 Victor Muresan 6-10 190 F Jr. Potomac, Md. (walk-on)
Still, there are other whispers of roster moves that might create space. For instance, there have been suggestions that Ryan Mutombo may transition to a “preferred walk-on” spot that would open up a scholarship. There is some evidence that Trey Mourning did this to help “uncle” Pat a few years ago. Moreover, there are questions if Malcolm Wilson is retuning to the team or focusing more on his education and other extra-curricular activities. (NB: My apologies If I rushed through these very small rumors, but my goal was to dismiss them before they got bigger, not amplify them.)
Frankly, none of the scholarship numbers may matter by the end of the summer. The Athletic reported that the NCAA may be removing scholarship limits and transitioning to roster-size limits. Nicole Aurbach reports that the rationale is: “If college athletics is supposed to be about opportunities for young adults, then why are there arbitrary caps on team financial aid in any sport?” This seems to makes sense with regard to other changes in recruiting, and maybe Georgetown has a heads-up in this area due to the positions of President Jack DeGioia and BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman. We shall see what it means for Georgetown’s roster.
In the meantime, here are some highlights of Bryson Mozone.
He's been a big part of the rise of the Upstate basketball program during his four years and he was recognized this week with All-Conference honors!— USC Upstate Men's Basketball (@UpstateMBB) March 2, 2022
Catch up with Bryson Mozone. ⤵️
TOURNEY TIX | https://t.co/OpnNbomKzo#SpartanArmy ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/7hLqctOjaN
Bryson Mozone gives USC Upstate the lead and the WIN with a Game Winning Fadeaway Jumper with 3.6 seconds left and they beat UNC Asheville 74-73 pic.twitter.com/ODN30OY0KG— NCAA Buzzer Beaters & Game Winners (@NCAABuzzerBters) January 15, 2022
Bryson Mozone scored 10 points in the first half to help lead #6 North Augusta to a 26-20 halftime lead over #2 Aiken. pic.twitter.com/AGrrQ1Qk31— AugBball (@AugBball) January 24, 2018
Bryson Mozone has 13 first-half points and @UpstateMBB takes a 36-33 lead at the break!#BigSouthMBB x @HerculesTires pic.twitter.com/GXVnH5F8nx— Big South Game Day (@BigSouthGameDay) March 5, 2022
Game. Spartans ⚔️@UpstateMBB get a win on the road over the Runnin' Bulldogs, 74-61. Bryson Mozone closed out with 23 points (7-12 FG) and 12 rebounds on the night #BigSouthMBB pic.twitter.com/PABL1Yl25Z— Big South Game Day (@BigSouthGameDay) January 20, 2022
Welcome, Bryson! HOYA SAXA
Here is the press release from GUHoyas.com:
Georgetown Adds Bryson Mozone to 2022-23 Roster
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men’s basketball team has announced the addition of graduate transfer Bryson Mozone to its 2022-23 roster. The South Carolina native played four years at USC Upstate where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science.
ON THE RECORD
“I’m looking forward to the addition of Bryson Mozone to the 2022-23 squad. I think he will be a great asset to our team. His ability to stretch the floor and play multiple positions will be important for our team going forward.” - Head Coach Patrick Ewing on Bryson Mozone
“I chose Georgetown because of the limitless possibilities provided for my future development and growth. I feel like I’m at home when I’m on campus and I can’t wait to move in. The coaching staff really knows the game - they are the first staff who has broken down my game from all levels and all aspects. I believe they can turn me into the player I want to be.” - Bryson Mozone on his decision to attend Georgetown
BRYSON MOZONE (GUARD/FORWARD / 6-6 / 205)
- Played four seasons at USC Upstate, appearing in 105 games and starting 40, including all 32 of the 2021-22 season.
- Averaged a season-best 15.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a senior.
- Tallied a career-best 29 points in an 83-79 loss at South Alabama that saw the senior pace all scorers and knock down a game-best four 3-pointers.
- Has thrice drained six triples in a game, most recently against Longwood in the 2022 Big South Tournament in March. Also tallied six against Furman (12/08/2019) and against Cal Poly (11/24/2018) in the Portland Classic.
- A graduate of North Augusta High School in South Carolina, concluded his career averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game. He graduated cum laude from North Augusta and participated in Palmetto Boys State while being named to the Beta Club.