After a tumultuous year for the Hoyas, Patrick Ewing has made up for losses on the recruiting trail
Patrick Ewing made up for losses on the Recruiting Path that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
A year ago, the men's basketball program in Georgetown Hoyas appeared to be in turmoil during Patrick Ewing's third season at the helm of his alma mater.
Players were reprimanded for off-field misconduct, others moved and at the end of the season there was a clear separation between the coach and the team's best player, Mac McClung, who eventually decided to play at a different school.
All of this is a thing of the past, however, and Ewing quickly steered the ship in the right direction for the men's basketball program. This week, the Hoyas completed their 2021 recruiting class by receiving the engagement of old recruit Ryan Mutombo.
In doing so, they have committed themselves to the oral promises of one of the best-recruiting classes that Ewing has brought up the hill so far. Mutombo, a four-star candidate, will join guards Tyler Beard and Jordan Riley and power-forward Jalin Billingsley - all three-star recruits.
This recruiting work is akin to Ewing's first season with Georgetown in 2018. Then, behind the hype of an old coaching job, the Hoyas brought two four-star consensus, James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc, with two three-stars in Mac McClung and Grayson Carter . Great class, but none of these players are with the team in the new season for the junior years to come.
From today's perspective, the Hoyas will have the 14th recruitment class in 2021 after 247 sports. Within the confines of the Big East conference, they're fourth behind perennial national championship candidate Villanova, DePaul (who is hiring four four-star recruits) and one of the Connecticut sports bluebloods who have rejoined the conference.
Many of these open scholarships were created through the mass exodus. Five players left the team - not because of a graduation - from December to May of last season. McClung was the headliner, who left after the season, but they also lost Akinjo, LeBlanc, Myron Gardner and Galen Alexander. Four of those five would still be on the list when the class arrives as newbies in 2021.
With some transfers, the Hoyas will no longer be limited to six or seven fellows as they did last season on points. But the openings gave Ewing time to navigate over the next couple of seasons to get a bigger boost down the road. The result is a great class that deals with every position on the roster and allows the team to build continuity with these prospects when they are in their sophomore and sophomore years.
A lot is set to change in these recruitment rankings as more of the top recruits have chosen their goals. Especially when you consider that the Hoyas now run out of scholarships for this class, many teams will improve their rankings, although the same cannot be said about Georgetown.
This class is breaking a recruitment trend in recent seasons. Since Ewing's first year, the team had not lured a four-star recruit up to this upcoming 2020 class with the Jamari Sibley wing.
Georgetown is still technically in the running for a handful of top ten players for the 2021 class, and if any of them unexpectedly lay down, there would almost certainly be some roster wear and tear to make room. Neither of these players really has the Hoyas as their top option, but a five-star player would make that class even more valuable to the Hoyas.
While the path to acquiring a class with so much potential wasn't ideal, Ewing made the best of a bad situation. His work on the recruiting path is admirable and exactly what is needed after the speed bumps in recent years.
In fact, the massive transfer movement led directly to the success of this class and could have prepared the Hoyas for an even better future if they all walked onto campus.
In the next few years, some young talent and perhaps some growing pain will show up early, but the future for the Hoyas certainly looks bright.
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