The Georgetown Hoyas have beaten out an area rival for a 2017 recruit.
Jamarko Pickett, a native of Woodstock, Virginia, has committed to the Hoyas. Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com first reported the news on Friday afternoon, stating that Pickett had chosen the Hoyas over the Maryland Terrapins.
Jamarko Pickett is headed to Georgetown, per a source. #Terps had chased him hard.— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) July 28, 2017
247Sports lists Pickett as the fourth-ranked player in the state of Virginia, standing behind Kansas commit Billy Preston, Iowa State commit Lindell Wigginton and Texas commit Matt Coleman, all of whom were teammates at the famed Oak Hill Academy. Pickett meanwhile, attends Massanutten Military Academy, located in Woodstock. He also finds himself 19th at his position (small forward) and 78th overall.
Pickett had previously been an Ole Miss commit, having pledged back on October 20, but decommitted back on July 13. There’d been traction for him toward the Terps, but Patrick Ewing and his staff apparently made enough of an impression on him for him to pick the DC-area school over the one in College Park.
The Hoyas are now up to four hard commits for 2017, as Jamarko Pickett joins Antwan Walker, Jahvon Blair and Chris Yannick Sodom. Their class will bump up to 6th in the Big East after sitting at 8th prior to Pickett’s commitment. They will also land in the Top 50, as they are projected to be ranked 48th in the country, usurping Pitt, Michigan and Auburn, among others.