Georgetown’s hot recruiting streak continued yesterday with the commitment of Jessie Govan, a 6’10" center from Lancaster, NY, for 2015. Govan was considered a consensus four star recruit, and adds yet another talented player to Georgetown’s loaded incoming classes of 2014 and 2015. In addition, Govan, along with recent Hoya Commit Noah Dickerson, directly addresses the team’s biggest need for offensive talent on the interior.
Any time a team adds high level talent it’s a good day. Even beyond that, certain things about this commitment portent more very good news for Georgetown.
First of all, Govan liked Georgetown’s work in developing centers and its reputation as Big Man U. (Hopefully he didn’t notice Mikael Hopkins). This was apparently very important in his decision, even besides the fact that the Hoyas will have available minutes for big guys in 2015 with the graduations of Hopkins and Josh Smith.
He also said he was impressed with the recent Come to Jesus talk between Coach John Thompson III and Georgetown alum/struggling Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
Finally, Govan expressed a desire to commit now because he wanted to get in while there was still room as he anticipated others would be trying to get the same spot. If the perception is that there is competition for spots at Georgetown, this is great news for Hoyas fans.
The bottom line is that it is a great time to be a fan of Georgetown Hoyas basketball. We’ve seen that Thompson can build a winner when the talent is there. Now, despite conference shakeup, a string of NCAA meltdowns, and an off year that saw the Hoyas miss the tournament, Thompson is recruiting better than he ever has. The Hoyas should get back in the tournament next year, and this team has the look of a serious contender for the national title in 2015 and 2016.