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.