While Greg Whittington had no intention of committing to Georgetown during an unofficial campus visit Sunday, the Oakland Mills star forward said he knew that he wanted to play for the Hoyas – even though he had never stepped foot on campus previously.
“I had my mind set,” Whittington said. “Georgetown, it’s close to home. Maryland is too. But Georgetown was something different.
“Put it like this. Their head coach and his dad were in there, their whole coaching staff came [to Oakland Mills’ playoff victory over Douglass], not just one or two” coaches.
When it was pointed out that two days later, Maryland Coach Gary Williams and assistants Keith Booth and Bino Ranson attended the Scorpions’ playoff loss to Gwynn Park, Whittington replied: “Yeah, after. It took him longer. It took him pretty long to get here.”
Clemson, DePaul and Maryland had been recruiting Whittington the longest, but Oakland Mills Coach Jon Browne said that Georgetown’s efforts were impressive. He noted that while attending one Hoyas’ game, he got a text message from Texas assistant coach Russell Springmann, who saw Browne and Whittington on television in seats close to the court and jokingly wondered if the Longhorns would be able to compete.
“Georgetown got in the game late, but they whipped out the red carpet,” Browne said. “Maryland was the most persistent. Bino has been to how many practices and scrimmages? He’s been around for a while.”
However, Whittington said that other than attending games, he never visited Maryland’s campus. The only other school he visited was La Salle, last fall.
Whittington had plans to visit College Park this week and Browne was trying to set up dates to visit DePaul, Texas and Clemson. Blue Demons Coach Oliver Purnell had visited Oakland Mills just last Thursday after his team lost in the Big East Conference tournament.
Browne said he was as surprised as anyone when he woke up Monday morning to see several missed calls from Whittington and text messages from college coaches on Sunday night.
“At the end of the day, I thought the home-towners had an advantage over the out-of-towners, but I thought I was going to get him down there to visit,” Browne said. “We’ve been dealing with a lot of coaches. I feel bad they didn’t get the opportunity that they thought they were going to have and I feel their pain. But at the end of the day, I’m happy for Greg.”
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