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2014 power forward Trey Mourning to attend Georgetown


For a young player following in the footsteps of a famous parent can be difficult, especially when the first impulse of many is to immediately make the comparison of father and son. However as his high school career played out, 2014 forward/center Trey Mourning played well enough to establish himself as one of the better front court prospects in south Florida.

The 6-foot-9 Mourning attended Ransom Everglades School, receiving late interest from schools such as Georgetown, Florida and Duke. And on Thursday the younger Mourning announced that he’ll attend his father’s alma mater and join John Thompson III’s program.

While there’s sure to be familiarity with the program due to his father’s standing, the fact that he’ll be joining a program led by a coach who likely knows a thing or two about following in the footsteps of a famous parent could benefit Trey as he looks to establish himself as a college player. And it’s safe to say that the elder Mourning accomplished a lot during his four seasons at Georgetown.

Alonzo posted averages of 16.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game, leaving the school as one of the program’s all-time greats in 1992. Mourning was a two-time All-American at Georgetown, and following his time on “The Hilltop” the center enjoyed a lengthy professional career with stops in Charlotte and Miami. And he’ll be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this fall.

Trey Mourning becomes Georgetown’s fifth commitment in the 2014 class, and given the departures of Nate Lubick (graduation) and Moses Ayegba (transferred to Nebraska) the Hoyas could use another body in the front court. Three of Georgetown’s five commitments are interior players, with Paul White and Isaac Copeland having signed NLIs.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.