The Hoyas’ 2012 rotation just got a lot stronger – various outlets are reporting that rising high school senior Stephen Domingo, who committed to the Hoyas in late May, will enroll at Georgetown a year early. The 17-year old Domingo has been noted for his long, athletic frame and sweet shooting touch.
According to the original report, Domingo is already in Washington D.C. If he enrolls right away, he will be eligible to showcase his talents in the Nike Pro-City (Kenner) League along with the other members of the Class of 2012. The news was confirmed by his high school coach, St. Ignatius Prep’s Tim Reardon.
“From what I understand, he’s going to Georgetown next year and playing for Georgetown next year,” Reardon told SanFranPreps.com. “I don’t know how that works, considering he didn’t graduate from high school, but that’s what his mother told our principal.”
For those wondering, the report says Domingo has finished all his obligatory credits for graduation. The Hoyas’ recruiting class, initially quite strong, is now stacked as Domingo adds a wing player to complement guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and big men Bradley Hayes and Brandon Bolden. Smith-Rivera and Bolden made their Kenner League debuts this past weekend, as Smith-Rivera dazzled with his shooting touch and strong handle, both crucial requisites for a team that features just one true point guard in junior Markel Starks.
The San Francisco native has already drawn comparisons to former Hoya Hollis Thompson, who arrived to the Hilltop early and made an immediate impact with his shooting ability, despite a noticeably frail build. Domingo can play a similar role this season, with sophomores Otto Porter and Greg Whittington expected to contribute the bulk of playing time on the wings. The incoming freshman will not be short on confidence, having just won the gold medal as a member of Team USA’s Under-17 basketball team in the World Championships. He started six of Team USA’s eight games, averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. He is listed as a consensus top-50 recruit in next year’s class, though it is conceivable that this ranking would have skyrocketed after his performance with Team USA.
Domingo’s arrival also marks the last of the scholarships available for Georgetown this season. With no seniors on the roster, Head Coach John Thompson III will have no open scholarships available for next season unless the program experiences some attrition – perhaps an unexpected transfer or Porter’s continued emergence lands him in the NBA Draft sooner rather than later. Regardless, Domingo’s surprise decision is a welcome problem for the Hoyas, as it adds significant depth to a young roster that loses Thompson and seniors Henry Sims and Jason Clark.