Georgetown snags commitment from St. John’s junior guard Tre Campbell


St. John’s junior guard Tre Campbell committed to Georgetown on Wednesday (James Sherrill/The Washington Post)

As Tre Campbell soaked in the campus atmosphere during an unofficial visit to Georgetown last week, the St. John’s junior guard thought back to his childhood days when he cheered on the Hoyas and one of their most famous players, Allen Iverson.

Now the Georgetown coaches were telling Campbell that he, like Iverson, could run the show for the Big East program. Following last week’s offer and a few days of thinking it over, Campbell committed to the Hoyas on Wednesday night.

“I know I’ve been telling people I’d make a decision in the fall, but I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and just felt like it will be a great fit for me,” Campbell said in a Wednesday phone interview. “They talked about how they liked my game and how I’d have an opportunity to play as long as I kept working hard.”

The speed, court vision and sharpshooting skills possessed by the 6-foot-1 point guard also drew offers from the likes of Maryland, VCU, George Mason, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Xavier.

Campbell knows some might wonder how his uptempo style will fit into Georgetown’s Princeton offense, but the junior believes his game will simply give the Hoyas another option in their attack.

“I know everybody says Georgetown plays slow, but they get up and down sometimes and the coaches tell me I’ll be able to make open shots like I have and be a playmaker,” said Campbell, who also is a solid on-ball defender. “I can play fast and slow, and I feel that I can make an impact there.”

Campbell averaged a team-high 13.7 points and drained 73 three-pointers in leading the Cadets to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game. The second-team All-Met is playing with Team Takeover on the AAU circuit this offseason.

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