By Gary Williams
Here are Gary Williams' top five teams in the Washington, D.C. area:
1. Georgetown (4-1) - They have the best defense in the area and just pocketed a big win against #11 UCLA. Taking #1 Indiana to overtime was also huge, shows they are legitimate.
2. Maryland (5-1) - The Terps play at Northwestern on Tuesday, their toughest game since Kentucky. They're still coming together as a team, but are super talented and have four straight home victories.
3. Virginia Tech (5-0) - The combination of Erick Green and Jarell Eddie have the Hokies offense clicking, leading Virginia Tech to their first 5-0 start since the 1984-85 season. We'll see what they're made of with Iowa, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia coming up this week.
4. VCU (3-3)- The Rams have endured some hard fought losses early in the season to some very good opponents. VCU began the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with a victory over Memphis on Thursday, but then fell to #5 Duke and #13 Missouri. This was the first time in school history that VCU played three top-20 teams in consecutive games. They are once again a good team and will probably be even better come March.
5. Loyola (5-1) - The Greyhounds earned a good road win at Rhode Island on Friday and as a result a spot on this list. Looking forward to their battle with fellow in-state program Towson on Monday.
Virginia has added another quarterback to its roster for next season as Kurt Benkert of East Carolina announced Sunday that he will transter to UVa.
Benkert announced on April 25 that he intended to transfer. The move to Charlottesville will reunite the quarterback with former head coach Ruffin McNeill who now is the defensive line coach for Virginia.
Benkert's bio on ECU's athletcis website lists him as 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and describes him as "A talented and polished signal-caller whose arm strength perhaps already ranks among the best in the history of the Pirate program ." He was named the starter by McNeill at ECU heading into last season, but a knee injury forced Benkert to miss the entire 2015 season.
As a graduate transfer, Benkert will be immediately available for next season. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.
Benkert will now be thrust into a quarterback competition in Charlottesville with incumbent Matt Johns and fellow transfer Connor Brewer.
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Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.
The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining.
Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.
California, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.
Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost six players from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan.
Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. Guards Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan transfered out of the program after the season.
Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lost starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.
Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.
CSN's Brian Mitchell, one of the best punt returners in NFL history, is helping former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to reinvent himself in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft.
While learning to play another position to increase his chances of getting drafted or making a roster, Reynolds showed off his ability to field punts. And he's already pretty good.
Watch the full segment featuring Mitchell, Reynolds, and CSN's Rob Carlin in the video player above.