It’s a great time to be a college basketball fan. The men’s season opens on Friday at Old Dominion. On Saturday, the women’s team opens at home against Augusta State. (And we’re sure you’re counting down the hours until the Voice publishes its annual basketball issue tomorrow.)
To get into the spirit of things, we decided to take a look at the Coach John Thompson III‘s progress on the recruiting trail.
Georgetown 1, Duke 0
One of the biggest surprises at Midnight Madness was the arrival of Tyler Adams, a then-Duke commit. Although recruiting players who have made verbal commitments is traditionally frowned upon, JTIII clearly knew what he was doing; in late October, Duke and Adams officially parted ways.
On November 1, the 6-foot-8-inch, 255-pound center from Mississippi verbally committed to join Georgetown. Adams is a true low-block player and will have a chance some fill the #swag void in the Hoyas’ defense after Julian Vaughn graduates. Georgetown basketball wouldn’t be the same without a talented big man in the paint; Adams will continue the tradition.
The Bolden and the beautiful
Brandon Bolden, a 6-foot-11-inch forward, also chose Georgetown after attending Midnight Madness. There aren’t too many details available about the tall lefty from South Carolina, who was JTIII’s first commitment for the Class of 2016, but one of his coaches, George Burgess, raved about him.
“[H]e stacks up with the best big guys in the country,” Burgess said. “He’s a unique big guy, one of the most unique big guys in the class.”
Not only did Jabril Trawick open the recruiting floodgates after a long, silent summer, he also made a big name for himself. ESPN recently dubbed the 6-foot, 5-inch guard a “surprise prospect” and praised his “confidence mixed with nastiness” at the Eddie Griffin Challenge. According to his AAU coach, Trawick could be good as Wayne Ellington or Gerald Henderson. (Let’s hope he mimics their college careers, not the disappointing NBA ones.)
2011 Class Recognized
Jabril wasn’t the only one who benefited from ESPN’s coverage, however. This group of future Hoyas drove Georgetown to the 21 spot on ESPN’s list of the top 25 recruiting classes—and JTIII still has one spot to fill in the Class of 2015 and two in the Class of 2016.
A hideously colored omen?
In our Midnight Madness preview, we reminded you to keep an eye out for Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-7-inch point guard from New Jersey. We spotted something terribly troubling at the event—Anderson wore an orange pullover.
Let’s chalk it up to obliviousness and hope the high school junior has some blue and gray in his wardrobe too.
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