Georgetown landed a pair of massive commitments on Monday, as a former UConn recruit and a former N.C. State player both pledged their future to the Hoyas.
The first was James Akinjo, a 6-foot point guard from California that was initially committed to UConn. A four-star prospect, Akinjo committed to the Huskies after he won MVP honors at the 2017 Peach Jam with the Oakland Soldiers, but reopened his recruitment when Kevin Ollie was fired.
Akinjo will provide immediate depth for the Hoyas at the point guard position, although he’s more of a long-term prospect than he is a player that can change the course of the program next season.
On Monday afternoon, Georgetown announced that Omer Yurtseven, a 7-foot native of Turkey that played the past two seasons for Kevin Keatts and N.C. State, had signed scholarship papers with Georgetown. Yurtseven averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a sophomore with the Wolfpack. He’ll be eligible in 2019-2020 and have two seasons left to play.
“I needed a big man coach and I don’t think anybody is better than Patrick Ewing when it comes to the experience he has as a player,” Yurtseven told ESPN.
Ewing has also signed 6-foot-9 forward Grayson Carter, 6-foot-6 forward Josh LeBlanc and 6-foot-2 guard Matthew “Mac” McClung.