Georgetown's 2014 men's basketball recruiting class already ranks high on the national scene. It's quite possible the four-member group could grow in numbers before long while two committed members soared Friday night on the All-Star game circuit.
*Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, Brewster Academy): The 6-foot-9 forward apparently hammered the Freedom Hall rims in Louisville during the Derby Classic en route to winning the dunk contest. Though Copeland's Green team lost the actual game, he received MVP honors.
All that fun stuff is just that, but it brought additional attention and capped Copeland's dynamic season and rise up the recruiting rankings. ESPN recently posted an article about those in the 2014 class whose stock rose the most in their final top-100 list. Copeland, now considered a five-star recruit and No. 14 overall, made the biggest leap. From the ESPN Insider article:
"He has always been loaded with talent and potential, but Copeland turned potential into production on a consistent basis for the first time this season, leading Brewster Academy to both New England and national prep championships in the process. He has a phenomenal blend of physical tools and versatile basketball skills. Blended with unprecedented assertiveness and consistency, it allowed him to be the most dynamic prospect in the prep ranks this season. He’s not necessarily built to be a one-on-one scorer, but there are few who can impact a game in more ways. He’s smooth all over the court, yet still explosive around both rims. He’s an excellent ball handler and passer for a guy his size and is now knocking down 3-pointers almost as consistently as he is scoring over defenders from the block and midrange area. Simply put, he’s a stat-stuffer who appears poised to do the same next year in the Big East."
Opportunity for immediate playing time exists in the Hoyas frontcourt with Nate Lubick graduating, Moses Ayegba transferring and the uncertainty over Josh Smith's status.
* L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C.): The 6-foot-5 wing guard also received mention in the "Biggest Risers" article and like Copeland, had quite the dunking display on Friday night with his aerial moment coming in the Jordan Brand Classic. ESPN ranked Peak as a four-star recruit and No. 31 overall among the 2014 class after averaging 38 points while sinking 60 percent of his attempts from the field. From the ESPN article:
"While high school numbers alone are rarely good indicators of success at the next level, what’s equally notable in Peak’s case are the ways in which his game has grown and evolved. While he’s virtually unstoppable at that level of competition when going to the rim, his skill set has come a long way both in terms of his ability to handle the ball as well as shoot it from behind the 3-point line."
*Another four-star recruit, PF Paul White (Chicago, No. 34 prospect) and PG Tre Campbell (St. John's College High School) round out the class ranked seventh overall by ESPN. That quartet might be adding a member and one with a very familiar last name.
Trey Mourning, son of Georgetown great and soon-to-be Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Duke, Florida and the Hoyas. The final decision is expected to be reached over the next week or two.
247sports.com rates the 6-foot-9 power forward from Miami as a three-star recruit. Check out Mourning's video highlights here (h/t/ @casualhoya).
Georgetown has two open scholarships with Ayegba and Stephen Domingo transferring out of the program.