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Georgetown’s Jessie Govan will test the NBA draft waters

Jessie Govan averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game his junior season. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)
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Days after Marcus Derrickson announced he was leaving the Georgetown men’s basketball team after three season to enter the NBA draft, the other half of the Hoyas’ fearsome frontcourt duo followed suit.

But unlike Derrickson, Jessie Govan announced in an Instagram post, writing Wednesday that he will declare for the draft without hiring an agent, meaning the center will still have the option to return to Georgetown for his senior season. Derrickson said he will hire an agent.

Govan’s name hasn’t appeared in any mainstream mock drafts, but losing him and Derrickson would be a huge blow to the Hoyas in Patrick Ewing’s second year as head coach. The New York City native was Georgetown’s leading scorer and, at 6-foot-10, 270 pounds, its most dominant presence on the defensive end. He averaged 17.9 points and 10 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game and was the key piece around which Ewing built his offense last year.

Govan was also one of few vocal, veteran leaders on which Ewing could depend in his first year leading the Hoyas. Govan’s absence, along with Derrickson’s, would substantially shift the team’s dynamics in addition to creating a large hole to fill.

Ewing had only freshman forward Antwan Walker to play behind Govan this past season.

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