While it’s preparing for the upcoming season, Georgetown also is trying to fill the roster for years to come. Here’s the quick update:
Who? T.J. Warren will decide between Georgetown and N.C. State next Wednesday, while Robert Upshaw will decide between Georgetown, Louisville, Kansas State, and Fresno State next month.
Since our last look at 2012 recruits, D’Vauntes Smith Rivera decided to become a Hoya, Kyle Anderson chose UCLA, and Twymond Howard chose UTEP. Tony Parker scheduled a Georgetown visit, but then skipped it, continuing a head-spinning recruitment, while Devonta Pollard won’t decide until the spring. Stefan Jankovic will decide Friday, but probably not to come to Georgetown.
That leaves two recruits with whom the Hoyas appear to be heavily involved: T.J. Warren and Robert Upshaw. Warren visited the Hilltop last weekend, loved it, even getting to hang out with John Wall. Today, multiple reports have stated that Warren will decide between Georgetown and N.C. State next Wednesday. This announcement knocks out North Carolina (which may be out of scholarships for next year, anyway) and Florida. Warren’s dad went to N.C. State, but he has family in D.C. Warren would be a tremendous pick-up for the Hoyas, as his ability to score from anywhere in the gym would be complemented both by the roster, which includes several able passers (Otto Porter, Markel Starks, Nate Lubick), and the Georgetown offense, which puts its wings in position to score from various points on the floor.
Upshaw probably will decide in November. The center has visited Louisville, will visit Kansas State on November 4, and will take in the Hilltop soon. His attendance at Louisville’s midnight madness festivities, when compared to mid-week visits to Kansas State and (likely) Georgetown may signal where his interest lies, but Upshaw and his family have played it close to the vest.
Is There Room? Yes. Georgetown has either one or two scholarships left open, and tends to find room as needed for top-50 recruits like Warren and Upshaw.
Of the three scholarships that certainly will be open next fall, two will be filled by big man Brandon Bolden and guard Smith-Rivera, who roughly will fill the slots vacated by Henry Sims and Jason Clark, respectively. Still unfilled is the scholarship left open by the transfer of Jerrelle Benimon. Georgetown may have one more scholarship open for next year if Hollis Thompson, who arrived on campus early and rumor has it will graduate this year, decides to forsake his fourth year of eligibility. Then again, JTIII may want to keep that scholarship open for 2013, since no other Hoyas will graduate that year. B-U-T, there may be a transfer or maybe even (long shot, to be sure) an early NBA defection to free up more slots before then. And so goes the carousel.