Patrick Ewing wasn’t able to wait very long to get a taste of what the recruiting cycle was like in the world of college basketball. The new Georgetown Hoyas head coach has been active so far and even was able to land a commit in the month of April, his very first as the head man on The Hilltop.
Let’s take a look at how things went for Georgetown in the month of April.
Blair became Ewing’s first commit back on April 21 and appears to be a darn good one too. Given Georgetown’s depth issues heading into the year, he’s going to likely be getting a lot of burn once the season starts this fall.
Back on April 21, Georgetown offered Georgia’s Evan Cole. Cole is a power forward who has received quite a few offers from schools down in the south. Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt are among those who are pursuing the 6-foot-8, 200-pound youngster who will likely have to make a decision soon as to where he’s attending school.
Llewellyn, like the aforementioned Jahvon Blair, is a Canadian whose hometown is in Mississauga. He currently attends Virginia Episcopal School and plays for Virginia’s Team Loaded AAU squad and finds himself in the class of 2018. Ewing and the Hoyas decided to offer him on April 26, as the Hoyas are among those currently chasing him, included in the mix of Georgia Tech, Charlotte, Harvard, Cincinnati and Stanfod among many others.
On the 27th, the Hoyas began to make a push for Jermaine Harris, a talented power forward in the Class of 2018. Harris is a three-star player who finds himself in the Top 10 in the state of Maryland, ranking eighth as of right now. He finds himself among the company of Montez Mathis, Wynston Tabbs and Demetrius Mims with touted point guard Immanuel Quickly leading the charge in the state at the moment. Harris is ranked 36th at his position and 162nd nationally, standing as one of the country’s most talented players. Along with Georgetown, Harris currently is fielding offers from Georgia, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Virginia Tech among others.
Jimmy Nichols Jr.
Jaelin Llewellyn was not the only player who Georgetown offered back on April 26. Jimmy Nichols Jr. also fielded an offer from the Hoyas as the 2018 wing from Conway, South Carolina did enough to impress Ewing & Co. Right now, Nichols is flying a bit under the radar and has offers from Hofstra, Longwood and Murray State along with Miami. We may hear his name more as he progresses upwards as he has a long way to go until 2018 rolls around.
Big man Kofi Cockburn is starting to really gain attention even despite being a member of the Class of 2019. He’s gotten so much praise that he’s already pulling in offers from many high-major programs, Hoyas included. Cincinnati, Creighton, FSU and Georgia Tech among others have already expressed interest and it’s easy to see why. Cockburn, who attends the famed Christ The King Regional School in Middle Village, New York, is ranked within the Top 50 in 2019 (45th), is fifth at his position and fourth in the state of New York. Given that he’s already here with two years to go, the sky’s the limit for him and he may be one of Ewing’s biggest pursuits going forward.
The aforementioned Cockburn isn’t the only player from New York that Ewing offered this month. The Hoyas are trying to make a late push for Nahziah Carter, a three-star wing in the Class of 2017. Given that he’s still undecided, plenty of schools are trying to reach out to him as he fielded a slew of offers back on April 26 including ones from St. John’s, Washington, Georgia Tech, UMass and Penn State among others. Carter is the sixth-ranked player in the state of New York and as of now, there doesn’t appear to be a feel for where he’s going. We’ll see if something comes of this and if Ewing and his staff can pull off a late coup.
With the live period opening up back on April 21, Ewing (and others) went to see five-star 2018 center Moses Brown. Which prompted this, of course, if you want to feel very old.
Moses Brown says he doesn't know much about Patrick Ewing but knows he played in the NBA.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 21, 2017
What’s the story?
It was certainly a win for Ewing to pick up his first commit on his first month of the job. He’ll have his work cut out for him going forward with Georgetown’s roster looking pretty messy amidst a slew of transfers and departures but so far he’s hit the ground running. He’s targeting players from up in New York and in the DMV, two big-time recruiting areas especially for a school like Georgetown which has made its living in those areas over the years. There’s more work to be done, but there were certainly a few positives to take from the month of April at The Hilltop.