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Four-star point guard commits to Georgetown

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John Thompson III just won a big recruiting battle.

Tremont Waters, a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2017, committed to Georgetown on Wednesday at a ceremony at his high school.

The four-star point guard chose the Hoyas after visiting the school last weekend.

“The feeling I had when I went to Georgetown, everyone pretty much welcomed me into the family,” Waters told reporters Wednesday. “I feel like they’re saying I won’t be there for four years, but I’ll be a part of the family the rest of my life.

“That’s why I chose them.”

Waters, a Connecticut native, becomes the first, and a pivotal, commit for Thompson in the 2017 class.

Tremont Waters is a great grab for the Hoyas as he gives them a pass-first floor leader who is accustomed to making his big men better,” recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a Georgetown roster so full of front court players, Waters should be able to get those guys a lot of looks.”

It’s also worth noting that the Hoyas beat out Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas for Waters. Georgetown’s recruiting hasn’t exactly fallen off a cliff in recent years, but the Hoyas haven’t been landing players at the highest levels lately, either.

Waters’ decision to join the Hoyas over those other blue bloods is at least a strong sign that the Georgetown name still carries weight in recruiting circles and with top recruits.

Former top-100 recruit transferring from Georgetown

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Paul White #13 of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts against the Xavier Musketeers during a semifinal game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing and injury-ended sophomore season, Paul White is transferring from Georgetown, the school announce Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 junior averaged 18.4 minutes per game as a freshman, but saw his minutes halved as a sophomore as a hip injury held him out of the first four games of last season before he underwent surgery in January that ended his sophomore campaign.

Given Georgetown’s depth at his position, White was probably going to have a hard time finding minutes with the Hoyas this season, which likely paved the way for his exit.

White was a consensus top-100 recruit coming out of powerhouse Chicago high school Whitney Young in 2014 with offers from the likes of UConn, Arizona, Florida, Ohio State, Wisconsin and a host of others.

Throwback Thursday: Georgetown’s brawl in China

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The idea behind international sporting competition is that it brings countries together, whatever their issues outside the lines. Sportsmanship, unity and all that good stuff.

Well, as we’re all being reminded by American swimmer Ryan Lochte and his maybe-not-robbed counterparts, there’s also a chance to create an international incident.

College basketball got a reminder of that exactly five years ago today when what was supposed to be a friendly exhibition between Georgetown and a professional Chinese team in Beijing exploded into a brawl.

With the score tied and less than 10 minutes to play, the Hoyas and their opponents found themselves swinging and tackling on each other all over the court. Not exactly what you like to see in a goodwill game.

A few months later, Georgetown opened the season 13-1 before finishing fourth in the Big East and getting knocked out in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament by N.C. State.


VIDEO: Monmouth ‘Bench Mob’ at it again in win over Georgetown

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While the antics of the Monmouth Bench Mob have certainly been entertaining to this point in the season, it’s important to realize that the players these reserves are celebrating are pretty doggone good. King Rice’s team added another win over a power conference opponent to its résumé as they won 83-68 at Georgetown Tuesday night.

The Hawks, who have also beaten UCLA, Notre Dame and USC, outplayed the Hoyas from the start as they picked up their first-ever win over a Big East opponent (1-30). Je’lon Hornbeak lead a balanced effort with 18 points as Monmouth shot 10-for-20 from three and 31-for-37 from the foul line. Monmouth didn’t shoot an impressive percentage from the field overall (42.9 percent), but their ability to attack Georgetown off the dribble resulted in numerous opportunities from three by way of using the dribble drive to kick the ball out to open shooters.

With options such as Hornbeak, Justin Robinson, Micah Seaborn and Deon Jones, the Hawks have multiple players capable of hurting teams off the bounce, and that’s what happened to Georgetown. The Hoyas began the game with subpar energy, which is a bit surprising given Monmouth’s credentials to this point in the season, and the visitors too advantage. By the time Georgetown was fully engaged in the game it was too late, with Monmouth doing a solid job on the defensive end.

Georgetown shot just 32.8 percent from the field and 7-for-30 from three, and outside of freshman Jessie Govan (14 points, four rebounds) they didn’t get much offensively from their big men. Monmouth has players in the post, but that was one aspect of the matchup where the Hoyas should have been able to grab the advantage. Instead they struggled, with Bradley Hayes scoring just one point and Marcus Derrickson three.

King Rice’s veteran team plays without fear and doesn’t back down from anyone, which is a big reason why they’re off to a 7-3 start and have one of the better résumés in college basketball to this point in the season. Nothing wrong with taking joy in the exploits of the players at the end of the bench, but it’s important to understand that Monmouth is for real.

Could the Hawks be an at-large candidate come March? That remains to be seen as there’s a lot of basketball to be played, but there’s no overlooking what they’ve been able to accomplish to this point.

SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Georgetown, No. 19 Arizona among the winners

Bradley Hayes, John Thompson Jr.
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This will be updated throughout the evening.

GAME OF THE DAY: No. 23 Providence, 74, Rhode Island 72

The rivalry game wasn’t decided until time expired, as Ben Bentil tipped in a Kris Dunn miss to move the Friars to 8-1 on the season. Bentil finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Rodney Bullock added 16 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jared Terrell, whose jumper with 6.2 seconds remaining tied the score at 72, led Rhode Island with 19 points.

And Rhode Island’s Hassan Martin did this during the second half (video credit ESPN):


Georgetown 79, No. 14 Syracuse 72: The old Big East rivalry is back as Bradley Hayes (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Marcus Derrickson (13 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles to help pace the Hoyas.

CBT’s Rob Dauster was at this one and has more.

No. 19 Arizona 68, No. 13 Gonzaga 63: The Wildcats, despite trailing by as much as 14, managed to edge out the Bulldogs for a second consecutive season. Gabe York scored 14 of his 18 points in the first seven minutes of the second half, sparking the Wildcats’ run to a big road win. Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis combined to score 51 points for the Bulldogs.

More can be read about this game here.

Arizona State 67, No. 18 Texas A&M 54: Willie Atwood led five Arizona State players in double figures with 15 points as the Sun Devils beat No. 18 Texas A&M 67-54 in Tempe. Not only did Arizona State limit the Aggies to 31 percent shooting but they also scored 22 points off of 14 Texas A&M turnovers. Danuel House scored 17 points and Alex Caruso 15 for the Aggies, but House shot just 6-for-21 from the field. This caps a good week for Arizona State, which eked out a win at Creighton Wednesday night.


Michigan State’s defense: The No. 3 Spartans easily dispatched Binghamton, 76-33, as they held the Bearcats to 16 percent (10-for-60) shooting. Denzel Valentine had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in limited minutes. Valentine’s 13 first-half points was more than Binghamton (12) had in the first half.

The Spartans also moved the ball well. The ball not hitting the floor off the opening tip? That’s good ball.

Maverick Rowan, N.C. State: The freshman wing finished with 27 points and was 9-for-14 from the field in a win over Bucknell.

Brandon Taylor, Penn State: The Nittany Lions came away with a home win over Eastern Michigan as the senior forward had 27 points and collected 12 boards.

Kelan Martin, Butler: It was a strong performance from the sophomore forward as he went 10-for-14 from the field with 24 points, five rebounds and four steals in a win over Indiana State.


Gonzaga players other than Wiltjer and Sabonis: The remaining Bulldogs managed to score just 12 points in a five-point loss to No. 19 Arizona, combining to shoot 4-for-18 from the field.

Rutgers: Just five days removed from pushing Wake Forest to the brink the Scarlet Knights brought nothing to the table against rival Seton Hall. Rutgers shot 33.3 percent from the field and lost 84-55.


  • West Virginia cruised to an easy victory over Kennesaw State as Devin Williams had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 20 Mountaineers.
  • No. 24 Louisville trounced Grand Canyon, 111-63, as Damion Lee had 24 points, six rebounds and Trey Lewis chipped in 16 points.
  • Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill scored 16 points apiece as No. 10 Virginia beat William & Mary 67-52 in Charlottesville. And Darius Thompson did this.
  • Frank Mason III tallied 21 points, five assists and four steals as No. 4 Kansas held off Harvard, 75-69.
  • Brandon Ingram scored 23 points and Grayson Allen added 22 and 11 rebounds as No. 7 Duke beat Buffalo 82-59.
  • Isaac Haas scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and A.J. Hammons added 16, 11 and three blocks off the bench as No. 11 Purdue pulled away from New Mexico, 70-58.
  • No. 21 Miami picked up its second straight win, beating Charlotte 88-60 in Coral Gables. Ja’Quan Newton led four Hurricanes in double figures with 14 points.
  • No. 22 SMU rolled to its seventh consecutive win, beating New Hampshire 98-44. Five Mustangs finished the game in double figures, led by Keith Frazier (23 points) and Shake Milton (20).
  • No. 12 Xavier remains undefeated, as they beat Western Kentucky 95-64. Trevon Bluiett lead the way with 21 points and ten rebounds, and the Musketeers limited the Hilltoppers to 38.7 percent shooting.


  • Khadeen Carrington had 18 points to lead Seton Hall to an 84-55 win over Rutgers. The Pirates are 6-2.
  • Nigel Hayes (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Bronson Koenig (17 points) paced Wisconsin to a home win over Temple.
  • Despite losing Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to foul trouble late in regulation, California won in overtime at Wyoming 78-72. Tyrone Wallace accounted for 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Golden Bears, with Wyoming’s Josh Adams leading all scorers with 32 points.
  • Terry Allen led five in double figures with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals as Richmond beat Northern Iowa 82-67. The Spiders shot 13-for-25 from three.
  • Dayton moved to 7-1 with an 86-71 win over North Florida. Charles Cooke led five Flyers in double figures with a career-high 24 points.
  • They needed ten extra minutes to do it, but South Dakota picked up an 86-81 double overtime win at Minnesota. Casey Kasperbauer led five Coyotes in double figures with 17 points. Jordan Murphy went for 19 and 17 boards for Minnesota.
  • Missouri State led by as much as 17 before hanging on to beat Oklahoma State 64-63 in Stillwater. Dequon Miller scored five points in the game’s final 20 seconds to ensure that the Bears got the win.
  • Obi Egemano’s jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining gave Oral Roberts a 70-68 win at Tulsa.
  • Jae’Sean Tate led four starters in double figures with 19 points as Ohio State beat VMI 89-62.
  • Indiana limited Morehead State to 31.4 percent shooting in a 92-59 win. Troy Williams led five Hooisers in double figures with 16 points.
  • Dedric Lawson scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Memphis’ 80-65 win over Southeast Missouri State. Also of note is that senior guard Kedren Johnson (shoulder) played eight minutes in his season debut.
  • Fred VanVleet played for the first time in five games and his impact was noticeable in Wichita State’s 68-53 win over Saint Louis. Ron Baker and Zach Brown scored 14 apiece, but VanVleet’s leadership and playmaking abilities were critical.

Another big Grayson Allen outing leads No. 5 Duke past Georgetown

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Behind a big effort from sophomore guard Grayson Allen, No. 5 Duke rallied for an 86-84 win over Georgetown on Sunday afternoon in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Continuing a great weekend following a poor outing against Kentucky, Allen finished with 32 points, five rebounds and four assists as he also went 5-for-6 from 3-point range. On the weekend in the 2K Classic, Allen went for 62 total points as he scored at least 30 points in both Duke wins.

The Blue Devils found themselves in foul trouble in the first half and trailed 47-42 at the break before the defense turned it around in the second half. With senior center Marshall Plumlee picking up three first-half fouls, the Duke defense was once again susceptible to giving up open looks as they had poor rotations and didn’t cover a lot of ground.

Things improved in the second half, with or without Plumlee on the floor, as the Blue Devils closed on shots more aggressively as Georgetown went cold. For the second consecutive game, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski changed things up in the starting lineup as freshman Brandon Ingram found himself coming off the bench in  favor of freshman point guard Derryck Thornton.

Georgetown (1-3) used a big first half from Isaac Copeland (21 points) as they were the aggressor early in the game. But the Hoyas went cold in the second half and settled for a lot of looks that didn’t fall in the final 20 minutes. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Kaleb Johnson both chipped in 14 points for Georgetown while L.J. Peak scored 13 points. Copeland got hot again in the game’s final minutes, burying two 3-pointers to keep the Hoyas within striking distance, but he missed a contested 30-footer as the clock expired to end the game.

Coming off of the poor outing against Kentucky, it was very encouraging to see Allen have two monster outings against solid competition. If Allen is consistent scoring the ball, it allows Plumlee and senior forward Amile Jefferson to focus on the little things like crashing the glass and getting putbacks while Thornton also adjusts to running the Duke offense as a starter.  A big part of that is Allen hitting outside shots. If he’s hitting 3-pointers, it forces defenders to play  him to the line and Allen can attack the rim and finish or draw fouls. But if Allen’s jumper isn’t falling, he could have some problems attacking the basket since he has some problems going to his left.

Thornton continues to look more confident each time he takes the floor as he finished with 14 points and he wasn’t afraid to take free throws to close out the win. Even though Thornton missed two free throws that gave Georgetown a shot at the win, the last three times Georgetown was forced to foul, the ball found Thornton and he refused to pass up the chance to take the shots.

Matt Jones finished with 11 points for Duke while Jefferson had eight points and eight rebounds.