Now, entering his sixth season and his fourth new college, the 24-year old senior guard wants to make the most of his final collegiate season. Being the oldest on the team, Pryor has already become a leader on his new team for his younger teammates.
Coming off yet another season of failing to past the round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament, then-senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera announced that he would withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return for his senior season for one last shot at a deep March Madness run.
At the beginning of last season, Head Coach John Thompson III was clear that he had great confidence in and lofty expectations for the class of 2018.
Forward Marcus Derrickson, center Jessie Govan and guard Kaleb Johnson may very well end up anchoring a deep Georgetown team and, despite having just one season under their belts, certainly have the talent and potential to do so.
Since the inception of the Big East in 1979, the conference consistently ranks among the most competitive athletic conferences in the nation. The original Catholic Seven schools include Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova.
The Georgetown men’s basketball team has a tough slate of upcoming games outside league play in the highly competitive Big East conference, ranked No. 3 in the country by KenPom.
The day was April 22, 2016. A seven-footer stood hunched at the podium during the Georgetown men’s basketball banquet. He thanked everyone involved in helping his dream to play at Georgetown come true. Then, in a few short turns of phrase, he not only shocked everyone in the room, but also the entire Georgetown community.
On March 18, 2014, 2,133 Georgetown fans filed into McDonough Arena for the first round game of the National Invitational Tournament between the No. 4-seed Georgetown men’s basketball team and No. 5-seed West Virginia. Amid screams and cheers of “Hoya Saxa” from students, alumni and other members of the Georgetown community that echoed through the gymnasium, the Hoyas defeated the Mountaineers in a 77-65 finish.
It could easily have been so different.
To compete in the one-and-done environment college basketball has become, it is imperative for teams to match the outflow of graduating talent with an inflow of skilled recruits.
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