Already possessing limited numbers in their guard rotation, Georgetown will head north to New York City for the 2K Classic without one of their contributors.
Sophomore guard Tre Campbell will miss the Hoyas’ two games at Madison Square Garden due to illness, with head coach John Thompson III announcing Campbell won’t be making the trip Thursday afternoon. Georgetown, which fell to 0-2 on the season Tuesday night with a close loss at No. 3 Maryland, has played its first two games of the season without forward Paul White due to a hip injury.
Campbell’s absence means that Georgetown will have two scholarship guards available when they take on Wisconsin Friday and then either Duke or VCU on Sunday, with those players being senior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore L.J. Peak. With Campbell (21.5 mpg) available those two still saw a lot of playing time against Radford and Maryland, with Peak averaging 34.5 minutes per game and Smith-Rivera at 34.0 mpg (and that’s factoring in his foul trouble Tuesday night).
While it does occur, a recruit committing to a school before they’ve begun their junior year of high school isn’t something that happens all too often. However that occurred Wednesday evening, as 6-foot-5 shooting guard Tyler Foster verbally committed to Georgetown. News of Foster’s commitment was first reported by ESPN.com.
Foster also considered VCU and was on the receiving of interest from programs such a Dayton, UNLV and St. John’s, but the Gilman School (Baltimore) student made the decision to become a Hoya rather quickly. As his father told the Baltimore Sun, Foster’s long been a fan of the Georgetown program and that impacted his decision.
“He always loved Georgetown,” said Robert Foster, a former Dunbar star. “He’s been a big Georgetown fan, a big Allen Iverson fan, so naturally he gravitated toward Georgetown early on. It was too good to be true for him. That’s really why he’s getting it done so early.”
Foster is Georgetown’s first commitment in the Class of 2017, and for John Thompson III to have a commit from an area that annually produces quality talent doesn’t hurt at all. After playing well as a sophomore Foster’s carried that over into the spring for the Bmore’s Finest program (16U team) on the Under Armour Association circuit, averaging 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds rebounds per game.
With there still being two years before Foster enrolls at Georgetown, it remains to be seen who his teammates will be. Outside of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera the Hoyas don’t have a scholarship upperclassman on the perimeter, meaning that the likes of Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak (both sophomores) and Kaleb Johnson (incoming freshman) could be on The Hilltop when Foster enrolls in 2017.
Entering college in 2011 as a four-star recruit, power forward Tyler Adams was a player expected to be a key factor for Georgetown throughout his college career. Unfortunately he played in just four games before being diagnosed with a heart ailment that ended his career. Since then Adams has remained a part of John Thompson III’s program, doing what he can to help Georgetown despite being unable to take the floor and contribute in games.
With the program celebrating Senior Day on Saturday when they host Seton Hall, classmates Mikael Hopkins and Jabril Trawick will be honored and the same goes for forward Aaron Bowen (he played just seven games in 2010-11 due to injury) and big man Joshua Smith. Adams will also be honored Saturday, and thanks to a waiver given by the NCAA he’ll be in the starting lineup.
John Thompson III’s decision to start Adams came as a surprise to the player, who received the news with the rest of the team on Thursday.
He told me with the team yesterday,” Adams said with a smile. “He called us together in a group and mentioned how he doesn’t do what other coaches do with starting seniors, that it wasn’t that big of a deal to him, but at the end of the conversation he said, `But we’re going to make an exception and start you.’
“I thought it was a joke, everyone started laughing and it kind of shocked me, but everyone was excited when they heard the news.”
The waiver allows Adams to appear in the game “briefly,” and it’s good to see that he’ll be able to complete his Georgetown career with one final on-court appearance. It also gives Adams the chance to spend his final home game in uniform alongside Hopkins and Trawick, with whom he arrived on campus in 2011.
Adams may not have been able to play in games, but Georgetown’s gesture shows what he’s meant to the program during his time on campus.
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