Hilltop Musical Chairs

Since the season ended, there’s been quite a bit of movement throughout the Georgetown basketball program:

  • Coaching: In May, Assistant Head Coach David Cox landed a more senior position as Associate Head Coach at Rutgers.  Cox was valuable to the Hoyas primarily in recruiting in the DC area, particularly with members of the DC Assault squad.  Shortly thereafter, Director of Basketball Operations Matt Henry also departed, similarly for a higher-level position, in his case at Mount St. Mary’s, which is coached by former Hoyas assistant Robert Burke.  Filling one of the two open slots, Georgetown reportedly has hired Robert Kirby, a long-time assistant at Mississippi State well-known for his recruiting acumen.  Update 6/21:  Georgetown confirmed that Darryl Prue, previously the video coordinator, as the new director of basketball operations.
  • Recruiting: 2012 verbal commit Jordan Goodman, current DC Assault member, unsurprisingly  followed Cox, de-committed from Georgetown, and verbally committed to Rutgers.  The Hoyas haven’t picked up any new commits–the summer recruiting period isn’t open until July–but here are  a few names that keep popping up:
    • Daniel Ochefu–2012 big man has picked up several offers, including from Georgetown.  ESPN currently has Ochefu ranked as the 12th best player in the class of 2012.
    • Michael Gilbert–2012 big man, ranked as the 11th best center in his class, has said that he likes Duke, Ohio State, and Georgetown.  Unclear whether he just clicked a few buttons on Facebook or whether this is in-depth interest, but here’s hoping.  He’s supposed to be a defensive and rebounding force whose offensive game is “developing.”
    • Cory (C.J.) Blackwell–2011 power forward likes Georgetown and UCLA.  He sounds like a complete, tough-nosed player, but is somewhat lightly regarded — just the 75th-highest rated PF in his class.
    • Tyrone Johnson–the 13th-ranked point guard in the class of 2011 listed Villanova and Georgetown as his two favorites in mid-May, and said that he’ll trim his list of schools in July.
  • Scheduling: Most of next year’s slate is still TBD, but a few details have emerged.  Like last season, the Hoyas will play Old Dominion and Tulane out-of-conference, although they’ll host the Green Wave and travel to the Monarchs in the season to come.  They’ll also play at Memphis, continuing that series after a year hiatus. Finally, Georgetown will partake in the semi-oxymoronic Third Annual Charleston Classic between November 18-21; the field for that tournament will also include NC State, Charlotte, George Mason, East Carolina, and Wofford.  Update: Temple announced its 2010-11 non-conference schedule, which includes a return trip from Georgetown.

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