Georgetown fans, meet Jessie Govan.
Jessie Govan, meet Georgetown fans.
After receiving offers from Louisville, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Notre Dame, the Hoyas came out victorious in the Govan sweepstakes. The 67th ranked player on ESPN's Top 100 chose Georgetown, committing in May 2014.
Govan hails from Manhasset, New York, playing his high school hoops at Wings Academy. He checks in at 6-foot-10 and 283 pounds. To say he's a big kid is an understatement. He uses his large frame to his advantage, powering through the lane to get to the basket.
In terms of pure back-to-the-basket scoring ability, there aren't too many better than Govan in the class of 2015. He gets good position near the rim, and knows how to score once he gets the ball. Govan has decent touch on his jump hook, although developing a consistent face-up game could help in Georgetown's offense. He's cementing his standing as one of the best low-post players in the class on the EYBL circuit, putting up consistent scoring numbers inside the paint. A post scorer will be much needed for Georgetown in the 2015-16 season, and John Thompson III is stockpiling frontcourt weapons in the class of 2015. Isaac Copeland and Paul White are frontcourt prospects entering school this season, although neither play is as effective a back-to-the-basket scorer as Govan.
Govan stepped up for Wings Academy in big games, scoring 24 points in the New York State Federation "AA" State Final. He added 17 points and 17 rebounds in the city championship as well. Coming up big for his team in high-profile games should have Georgetown fans excited.
Hoyas head coach John Thompson III is thrilled about Govan joining the fold. In an interview with CBS' Jon Rothstein, Thompson expects Govan to "add a different element."
Offensively, [Govan] can do a lot of different things. He's big, he's physical, but at the same time he's really skilled. He's got a great feel for the game."
Govan will join the ranks of a solid Georgetown lineup, headlined by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Speaking to Adam Zagoria on Zagsblog, Govan hopes that he can help lead the Hoyas to a Final Four.
"Definitely, I want to get down there and be a difference-maker," he said. "Maybe get into a Final Four, just try to win games in the [NCAA] Tournament. Definitely make the Tournament every year but I’m there, but try to win games in the Tournament, that’s definitely a goal of mine."
Govan's head is in the right place, and he should give Hoyas fans hope that Georgetown can have better luck in March.