The Georgetown men’s basketball team will not have lost all of its veterans when Coach Patrick Ewing begins his second season. The school confirmed Thursday night that center Jessie Govan has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for his senior season.
“I got some unfinished business!” Govan wrote in an Instagram post.
Govan’s return is a boon for the Hoyas, who had already lost power forward and veteran leader Marcus Derrickson when the Maryland native declared for the draft and signed with an agent in April. Next year, Govan and wing Kaleb Johnson will be the Hoyas’ only seniors to log significant minutes; transfer Greg Malinowski sat out the 2017-18 season and rounds out the senior class.
Govan’s strong voice and leadership will be crucial next year as Ewing continues his rebuild of the program and integrates a group of flashy recruits in his second season at his alma mater. The New York City native took well to Ewing’s coaching style last year and is an important voice in the locker room, not to mention, he led the Hoyas with 17.9 points and 10 rebounds per game along with 34 blocks on the season. Though his productivity fell off a bit a the start of Big East play as opponents keyed in on him, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Govan still gave conference foes plenty of matchup trouble.
The center declared for the draft without signing with an agent on April 11 and had workouts with the Boston Celtics, per his Instagram, as well as the New York Knicks.
In other Georgetown news, Derrickson, Govan’s partner in crime for three years, worked out with the Washington Wizards on Thursday afternoon in his second pre-draft workout. The forward also worked out with the Knicks and is headed to Boston on Friday. Though Derrickson’s name doesn’t appear on any major mock drafts, he was all smiles Thursday as he donned a gray Wizards practice jersey.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Bowie, Md.. said he’s lost about 25 pounds and has been staying off social media while generally enjoying the pre-draft experience.