Georgetown Coach Patrick Ewing is doing well on the recruiting trail heading into his second year with the Hoyas.
His 2018 recruiting class got a boost Monday morning when the school announced that four-star point guard James Akinjo of California had signed with Georgetown. The team also said Monday that former N.C. State big man Omer Yurtseven, a 7-foot center who started 22 games for the Wolfpack last season, will transfer to Georgetown and be eligible to play in the 2019-20 season.
Akinjo, a 6-foot, 170-pound guard who was released in March from his commitment to Connecticut, is ranked 97th in ESPN’s Top 100 and 22nd at the point guard position. He first made waves last summer when he was named Nike Peach Jam MVP after averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists over four days and leading his Oakland Soldiers team to the title.
Ewing was quick to jump on Akinjo: He paid the guard a visit the day he received his release from the Huskies. Akinjo chose the Hoyas over programs including Arizona and Tennessee. ESPN reported Akinjo also had scholarship offers from Maryland and Virginia.
The guard joins fellow four-star recruit Josh LeBlanc, a forward, as well as center Grayson Carter and point guard Mac McClung to round out a recruiting class that now ranks third in the Big East, behind national champion Villanova and Providence. Having two point guards committed is a plus for Georgetown, which is thin at the position since Jonathan Mulmore and Trey Dickerson are graduating this year.
Yurtseven gives Georgetown a future option at center. The Hoyas could lose Jessie Govan to the NBA draft; he has declared but did not sign with an agent and therefore could return for his senior season. Yurtseven will be eligible following that season. The Turkey native averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.6 minutes for N.C. State this season, earning all-ACC third-team honors.