In the current state of college basketball, it’s almost a state of NBA free-agency. Players coming and going each and every year and this offseason is no exception.
For the Georgetown Hoyas, it’s an exceptionally hectic offseason. With a new head coach in Ed Cooley, the Hoyas are looking to completely revamp the team and the turnover across the roster is already apparent.
At the moment, the only players returning are Jay Heath, Wayne Bristol, Akok Akok and Ryan Mutombo. There could be more. For example, Qudus Wahab is weighing the transfer portal, declaring for the NBA and returning to Georgetown, but for the moment it seems there will only be a handful of familiar faces back for the Hoyas in 2023-24.
The biggest losses for Georgetown include point guard Primo Spears, who led the Hoyas in scoring this past season and will suit up next year for another squad.
Brandon Murray, the second leading scorer for Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas also entered the transfer portal and has already committed to Ole Miss for next season, returning to the SEC (formerly at LSU).
With so many players opting to transfer, Ed Cooley has gotten busy in the transfer portal himself, bringing in some big time players since becoming head coach on March 20, just one month ago at writing.
The biggest domino to fall to Georgetown thus far is Illinois transfer Jadyen Epps. A former four-star recruit, Epps averaged 9.5 PPG and shot 41% from the field while averaging just over 24 minutes per game. He should fit into the starting point guard role vacated by Primo Spears.
“I am confident that this is the best decision for my future and personal growth,” Epps said at the time.
Another former four-star recruit, guard Rowan Brumbaugh, is also transferring to Georgetown. In his freshman season at Texas, Brumbaugh struggled to find playing time for a team that won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the Elite 8. As a D.C. native, a homecoming might be just what he needs to find his footing in the college game.
Dontrez Styles played two seasons at North Carolina and is making his way to the Hilltop. The 6 '6 guard from Kinston, NC averaged just under 6 minutes per game in both seasons, but should be able to find more playing time as a Hoya.
Incoming freshman Kayvaun Mulready flipped his commitment from Providence to Georgetown to follow Ed Cooley to D.C. He’s the #84 prospect in the Class of 2024, so he won’t be on campus for another year.
“Coach Cooley is an outstanding coach and person and someone who I have a lot of trust and faith in,” he told On3. “We’ve built a great relationship from last summer and it’s been getting even stronger since. I know that's someone who I want to play for.”
Besides the explosive guard Mulready, four-star recruit Drew Fielder also flipped his commitment and will be ready to play this Fall.
Fielder stands at 6 '11 and comes from Southern California’s West Coast Elite AAU program, which includes distinguished alumni such as Josh Jackson, Lamelo Ball, Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Suggs, Anthony Edwards, and Evan Mobley.
The roster is still coming together. There are holes still to fill, mainly at center and small forward. However, the fact that Cooley is already making as much progress as he is just one month into the offseason should have Hoya fans excited for what’s to come.