Local recruits like Pickett are important as Georgetown Coach Patrick Ewing, pictured here recruiting in South Carolina, tries to rebuild the Hoyas brand in D.C. (Todd Bennett/Associated Press)

Georgetown men’s basketball and Patrick Ewing scored a big recruiting win Friday when class of 2017 four-star forward Jamarko Pickett committed to play for the Hoyas over Maryland.

Pickett, a D.C. native who played at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia last season, originally signed with Mississippi last year but received a release earlier this month. He visited Georgetown on July 20.

Pickett would have been a top-rated player in Ole Miss’s class this year. He’s a rangy 6 feet 7 and 160 pounds, has the ability to stretch the floor at multiple positions and was ranked the 78th-best player and 19th-best small forward in the class of 2017 by 247sports.com.  The late addition is critical for Ewing and his staff not just because Pickett has the talent to vie for a starting role this season but because high-profile, local recruits are important as Georgetown seeks to rebuild its brand in the District.

The forward transferred to Eastern High in the District as a sophomore after Spingarn High closed but didn’t start playing organized basketball until 2015. He earned interest from mid-majors as a senior in 2016 but settled on a postgraduate season at Massanutten, where he averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Georgetown reportedly has at least one open scholarship left for this upcoming season.

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