The Georgetown Hoyas received some good news on Thursday as it pertains to their roster for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Jessie Govan, the Hoyas’ towering and imposing big man, will be returning to school. Both ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and CBS/FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein simultaneously reported the news at, pretty much, the exact same time on Thursday evening.
The Hoyas were poised to possibly lose both Govan and Marcus Derrickson to the pros this offseason. Derrickson departed while signing an agent, so head coach Patrick Ewing was all set to account for his loss. But, Govan went into the waters without signing an agent, so he was a mystery up until this point.
Let’s get around to it here: The return of Jessie Govan is a big one. Pun very much intended. Without Govan, the Hoyas’ frontcourt was set to, essentially, be freshmen Grayson Carter (6-foot-8) and Josh LeBlanc (6-foot-7) along with Jamorko Pickett and Antwan Walker, as well as walk-on George Muresan. They landed transfer Omer Yurtseven from the North Carolina State Wolfpack. But, of course, Yurtseven will have to wait until the 2019-20 season to play for the Hoyas. Now, though, they will have a veteran presence down low, one that could help lead them back to prominence and out of the cellar of the Big East Conference.
Govan has averaged 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in his three-year career with Georgetown. Last season he put up monster numbers, averaging 17.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game both marks being career highs.