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Jamir Moultrie, a Class of 2017 point guard out of District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara, has added a planned official visit to Georgetown for later this month and is targeting a late-October decision.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Moultrie had previously been focusing on Georgia, La Salle and Monmouth and will now take officials to Georgia Oct. 14 and Georgetown Oct. 21 after picking up a Georgetown offer during an unofficial visit this weekend. He also took an official to Monmouth last weekend.

"Georgetown's message was basically Coach [John] Thompson [III] was impressed with Jamir's ability to convert into more of a set-up point guard, get guys involved," his father Jeran Moultrie said by phone. "He saw him a few times his freshman and sophomore year and at that time he was a big-time scorer but he was always just questioning to see if in addition to getting his own buckets, he could create for others.

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Nate Watson, a 6-foot-9 Class of 2017 power forward from Bishop O'Connell (VA), picked up an offer from Georgetown on Wednesday.

Watson also holds offers from Cincinnati, Providence, Oregon, USC, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Xavier and Temple.

Providence head coach Ed Cooley passed through last week to meet with Watson, and Maryland, Virginia Tech and Georgetown have also seen him.

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ROSELLE, N.J. -- Georgetown coach John Thompson III was in Newark last week to watch the Blair Academy-St. Benedict's Prep game and on his way out of town he happened to meet up with his future guard Jagan Mosely at Newark Penn Station. Mosely was on his way from practice in Jersey City to his home in Marlboro, N.J.

The two chatted for a few minutes and the conversation covered both the 6-foot-3 Mosely's future with the Hoyas, and how the St. Anthony's guard could facilitiate recruiting efforts for the Class of 2016.

"He was in Jersey watching St. Benedict's and we just met up and we were just talking about the future there and we also talked about Taurean Thompson as well, too," Mosely said after going for 11 points and 4 rebounds as St. Anthony's remained perfect on the season with a 60-42 win over Bishop McNamara (MD) on Saturday at the PrimeTime Shootout at Roselle Catholic. The Friars (21-0) are ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today.

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NEW YORK - With the lights shining on D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Hoyas senior went off for a career-high 33 points as Georgetown dominated a young St. John's team, 93-73.

The hope for the future at St. John's is that Chris Mullin and his staff can recruit the kind of star that Smith-Rivera has been at Georgetown.

The 33 points was the most by a player in a Big East game this season as he powered John Thompson III's team to its fifth win in its last six games. The Hoyas host No. 6 Villanova on Saturday.

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After taking out Georgetown by 15 points on Tuesday night, Monmouth is anxious to face in-state rival Rutgers on Sunday at the RAC. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
After taking out Georgetown by 15 points on Tuesday night, Monmouth is anxious to face in-state rival Rutgers on Sunday at the RAC. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Red-hot Monmouth is basking in the glow of its 15-point win at Georgetown on Tuesday night.

Head coach King Rice made the media rounds on Wednesday, including visiting with SNY on The 4 Quarters Podcast.

"We're enjoying it, but we also understand that we have not accomplished anything yet," Rice said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. "It's early in the year. We've had some tremendous, tremendous wins, but we truly feel like we can play better basketball."

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Dec 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Monmouth Hawks bench players celebrate after a three pointer in the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Dec 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Monmouth Hawks bench players celebrate after a three pointer in the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

It might be time to start talking about Monmouth as an at-large NCAA Tournament team.

The Hawks won at Georgetown, 83-68, on Tuesday for the program's first win over a Big East opponent. The Hawks had lost their previous 30 encounters with Big East teams.

Monmouth (7-3) now has victories over Georgetown, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA on the season.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. First up, Kyle Tucker, the Kentucky beat writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, joins the show to talk about Harry Giles and the loaded Wildcats. Then, Prolific Prep head coach Billy McKnight calls in to talk about his big recruits and when they may sign. Later, Georgetown senior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera tells Adam and Josh why he stayed in school and what lies ahead for the Hoyas in the Big East this season, and then the show wraps up with a full recruiting roundup.

1st Quarter: Kyle Tucker (01:00)

2nd Quarter: Billy McKnight (13:10)

3rd Quarter: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (18:30)

4th Quarter: Recruiting Round Up (21:45)

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera considered putting his name into the NBA Draft after Georgetown's disappointing loss to Utah in last year's NCAA Tournament.

But when he had time to settle down and think it over, the 6-foot-3 guard reversed course and opted to return to Georgetown for his senior season.

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Jagan Mosely?is headed to Georgetown.

The 6-foot-3 2016 combo out of?Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony committed to the Hoyas on Monday and said he decided on Georgetown two weeks ago on his visit.

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Georgetown got a head start on its 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday when it landed a pledge from Tyler Foster, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard from Baltimore (MD) Gilman.

VCU, Dayton and Southern Miss were also involved, but Georgetown was the heavy favorite.

"I picked Georgetown because I feel like it was a perfect fit on and off the court," he told SNY.tv by text. "I'm going to try to do a little of everything when I get there just like I do now."

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NEW YORK --?Jessie Govan?plans to be on Georgetown's campus by May 30 and hopes?to continue his winning ways beginning with the Hoyas' exhibition?trip to Italy in August.

"The plan is to leave May 30th?and go down there for some summer classes. They want me to get some credits in because we go to Italy in August,"?the 6-foot-11 Govan told SNY.tv after going for 10 points and 7 rebounds Friday night when the Away Team beat the Home Team, 125-112, in the Jordan Classic Regional Game at Barclays Center.

Govan has done nothing but win in recent weeks -- and he should make an immediate impact upon stepping onto the Georgetown campus.

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By CHRIS BARCA

NEW YORK --?Georgetown may have lost in the Big East Tournament semifinals on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, but their future star won in a big way on Saturday afternoon.

Jessie Govan?dropped a dominant double-double?of?17 points and 17 rebounds to go with 3 blocks as Wings Academy?beat defending champion Cardozo, 50-46, in the PSAL ?AA? division city championship game at Madison Square Garden.

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Jessie Govan?figured he didn't need to wait any longer and so he is?headed to Georgetown.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound 2015 big man from Wings Academy committed to the Hoyas on Tuesday, choosing them over Seton Hall, UConn and Miami, according to New York Lightning coach Dana Dingle.

"What made him choose them now was him, his parents and everybody was sold on their development and the history of the big guys, the centers they've had in the history of the program," Dingle told SNY.tv by phone. "They were pretty much sold on that and it was hard to overlook.

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Noah Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, committed to Georgetown on Saturday.

"Proud to say I committed to Georgetown University #hoyasaxa," he Tweeted.

The Georgia big man is ranked the No. 11 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports and also reportedly ?considered? Ohio State, Duke, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Xavier.

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NEW YORK -- A resumption of the Georgetown-Maryland?rivalry could highlight the Gavitt Tip-Off Games when they begin in November 2015.

"If you're just looking at geography, you probably think they're going to try and put us with Maryland, but we'll see," Georgetown coach John Thompson III told SNY.tv?on Monday at Madison Square Garden where the event was formally announced. "As the Commissioner [Val Ackerman] says, the matchups will come out in May [2015] and we'll go from there."

He added: "I'm fine with it. Whatever happens, happens. No big deal."

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Alonzo Mourning III, also known as Trey, will follow his father's footsteps and play at Georgetown.

The 6-foot-9 power forward from Ransom (FL) Everglades committed to the Hoyas on Saturday, according to the Washington Post. He?averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds per game last season while leading Ransom to Florida?s Class 4A regional semifinals.

Mourning III also considered Duke and Florida.

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK -?Georgetown came to Madison Square Garden this week for the Big East Tournament in need of two things, wins and help from across the country, in an effort to find its way into the NCAA Tournament.

The Hoyas didn't even get the chance to see if it could get some help. On Wednesday night in the first-round, their bubble burst.

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Georgetown is the latest school to offer 2015 Wings Academy big man Jessie Govan.

"They told my coach after [today's] game that they would like to offer me and my coach told me," Govan told SNY.tv. "I might take a trip down there soon."

Georgetown, of course, has a long tradition of big men, including Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning.

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By JOHN PAVIA

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NEW YORK --?After a five-game losing skid, a game against a top-10 opponent in Michigan State turned out to be just what Georgetown needed to try and right the ship.

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The Josh Smith experiment at Georgetown is over.

Hoyas coach John Thompson III said the 6-foot-10 UCLA transfer was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.

"Josh Smith is ineligible for the remainder of the year because of academics," he said. ?"It?s disappointing.? A lot of what we did was geared toward his presence.

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Georgetown announced today that junior forward?Jabril Trawick of Philadelphia?will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his jaw in Wednesday?s game against Providence.

?It?s a tough blow for our team because of the presence that Jabril provides for us,?head coach John Thompson III said.? ?We?re hoping to have him back on the court as soon as he is cleared to play and in the meantime, some of our guys will have to step up in his place.?

Trawick is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.1 points per game and is averaging 2.5 rebounds.? He has started all 14 games for the Hoyas this season.

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Saturday was a big day for Georgetown and its future players.

Not only did the Hoyas beat St. John's, 77-60, in Big East play, but Georgetown pledge Paul White went off for 29 points while Duke signee Jahlil Okafor had 24 points and nine rebounds as Whitney Young (IL) beat Prime Prep (TX), 72-69, at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.V.

White and Okafor were named co-MVPs of the game after combining for 53 points.

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Georgetown senior?John Caprio?had every walk-on?s dream come true just before the 2013-14 school year started.

Caprio, a 6-foot-6 North Caldwell, N.J., native who attended Seton Hall Prep, was in the car with his mother, Margaret, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike for his final year of school when his phone buzzed.? It was a text from his head coach, John Thompson III.

The text message from Thompson informed Caprio that he was no longer a walk-on and that he was being awarded a scholarship for this, his senior year.

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Say this for the NCAA: they work in mysterious ways.

After leaving UCLA last November after just a half dozen games, Josh Smith has been cleared immediately to play at Georgetown,?beginning with the Hoyas season opener on Nov. 8 against Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys in Seoul, South Korea, the school announced

Smith was also granted a Seasons of Competition waiver for the 2012-13 season in which he participated in six games at UCLA, which gives him two seasons of eligibility remaining (2013-14 and 2014-15).

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Paul White, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Chicago Whitney Young, committed to Georgetown Sunday morning.

White had visited Miami and was also considering?UConn, Minnesota and DePaul.

"While on my visit here it made me realize this is the place for me," White told the Chicago Sun Times. "I felt that comfort level I was looking for with the coaching staff, the players and the environment here. It's a wonderful school with a great basketball tradition and atmosphere. This was the place I could easily see myself going to school and playing."

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BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. -- Elijah Burns left La Salle Institute in Troy, N.Y., for Blair Academy after last year in order to play basketball at a higher level and enroll in one of the top prep schools in New Jersey.

After reclassifying to the Class of 2015 from 2014, the move already seems to be paying dividends.

Coaches are filing into Blair to watch the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Burns, as well as teammate Marial Shayok and other players on coach Joe Mantegna's squad.

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L.J. Peak pulled a big-time fake during his college announcement Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5 Gaffney (S.C.) small forward initially put on a South Carolina baseball cap before throwing it off and putting on a Georgetown cap.

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Georgetown sophomore forward Greg Whittington has a torn ACL in his left knee, the school announced Tuesday.

"Greg will return when he is 100 percent healthy," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in a statement. "I feel for Greg because he's worked extremely hard to prepare for the coming season, on and off the court. I'm confident this is just another setback that in the end will make him even stronger. At this point, there is no specific timetable for his return."

The news was previously reported by CasualHoya.com and ESPN.com.

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Tre Campbell is headed to the Big East.

The 6-foot-2 2014 point guard from St. John College High School in Washington, D.C., committed to Georgetown.

"I have officially Committed to Georgetown University," he Tweeted.

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Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter Jr. is headed to the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-8 Porter Jr. is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com.

He was named Big East Player of the Year and was also selected as a John R. Wooden All-American and was a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.

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NEW YORK -- It should have been the championship game.

The magnificent game played between Syracuse and Georgetown Friday night inside an electric Madison Square Garden should have been the championship, a fitting coda to the end of the Big East as we know it.

The last one before Syracuse and Louisville and Pitt and Notre Dame are replaced in the new Big East by the Butlers, Xaviers and Creightons.

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NEW YORK -- Jim Boeheim isn't an NBA GM, but if he was he knows who he would pick in the upcoming draft.

Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr.

"If I'm picking, I pick him first in the draft," Boeheim told a small group of reporters in the hallway at Madison Square Garden "I don't even look at anybody else. I pick him first in the draft. I think he's the best. I think he'll be a great pro."

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NEW YORK -- Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. and John Thompson III made a clean sweep of the major awards Tuesday at the Big East Tournament.

Porter Jr. was named Big East Player of the Year, while Thompson III is the Coach of the Year.

The 6-foot-8 Porter Jr. led the Hoyas to the Big East regular-season crown and was the only unanimous selection. ?In league games, he was second in the Big East in scoring with an 18.1 average, fifth in rebounding with a 7.3 mark and tied for third in steals with a 1.8 average. ?He made 44.1 percent from 3-point range, which ranked second in the league.

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By JACK LeGWIN

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John Thompson III has another versatile big man coming his way.

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As first reported by SNY.tv, Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Jr. was named unanimously to the All-Big East First Team and thus will be named the league's Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The conference will also name Big East Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
In addition to Porter, Louisville placed two players on the first team, guard Russ Smith and center Gorgui Dieng. ?The other first team selections were Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley and Providence guard Bryce Cotton.
Porter, a 6-8 sophomore, led the Hoyas to the Big East regular-season crown and was the only unanimous selection. ?In league games, he was second in the Big East in scoring with an 18.1 average, fifth in rebounding with a 7.3 mark and tied for third in steals with a 1.8 average. ?He made 44.1 percent from 3-point range, which ranked second in the league.
Smith, a 6-0 junior, was second in the Big East in overall scoring, averaging 17.9 points. ?He was third in steals with a 2.0 mark. ?Dieng, a 6-11 junior, averaged 10.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in all games. ?In Big East play, he was the league rebounding champion with a 10.8 average and was second in blocked shots with an average of 2.8.
Napier led Connecticut with a 17.1 points per game scoring average and was tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in steals at 2.0 and seventh in assists at 4.6. ?The 6-1 junior was third in the league with 68 3-point baskets made.
Cooley averaged a double-double for Notre Dame. ?The 6-9 senior averaged 13.6 points and a league-leading 10.6 rebounds in all games. ?He was second in the Big East in field goal percentage, making 58.2 percent.
Cotton, a 6-1 junior, was the Big East scoring champion in league games, averaging 18.3 points. ?The Providence guard edged Porter for the scoring title by four points. ?In all games, Cotton also was first in scoring with a 19.6 mark. ?His 88 baskets from beyond the arc also led the league.
For the Big East All-Rookie Team, the coaches included two players from St. John?s, forward JaKarr Sampson and center Chris Obekpa. ?Sampson was the league?s top freshman scorer, averaging 14.9 points per game in all games. ?Obekpa led the league in blocks with a 4.1 average. ?The others named to the team are: Omar Calhoun of Connecticut, D?Vauntes Smith-Rivera of Georgetown, Steven Adams of Pittsburgh and Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova. ?Sampson and Arcidiacono were unanimous picks. ?The Big East Rookie of the Year will come from the All-Rookie Team.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
* Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Kebemer, Senegal
Russ Smith, Louisville, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Briarwood, N.Y.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 246, Glenview, Ill.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Jr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Vander Blue, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-4, 200, Madison, Wisc.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 202, Bowie, Md.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, G, So., 6-6, 185, Hamilton, Mass.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Baltimore, Md.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4,210, Jamesville, N.Y.
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, So., 6-6, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Davonte Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Jr., 6-9, 245, Powder Springs, Ga.
JaKarr Sampson, St. John?s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F, Jr., G-F, 6-6, 205, Paterson, N.J.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM ^
Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
D?Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-3, 227, Indianapolis, Ind.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Roturua, New Zealand
Chris Obekpa, St. John?s, C, Fr., 6-9, 223, Makurdi, Nigeria
* JaKarr Sampson, St. John?s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
* Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
*Denotes unanimous selection.
^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.

Release/Photo Courtesy Big East

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Georgetown dropped from a 1 seed to a 2 seed on Joe Lunardi's?NCAA Tournament bracket after the No. 5 Hoyas lost to Villanova, 67-57, Wednesday night.

The Hoyas are now tied with Marquette and Louisville at 13-4 atop the Big East, and close things out with Syracuse at home on Saturday.

Lunardi also moved Villanova -- which got 20 points from Brooklyn's JayVaughn Pinkston -- up to the "Last Four Byes" group along with Colorado, Virginia and Iowa State.

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With their 64-51 victory over Rutgers Saturday night, Georgetown is now a projected No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi has Indiana (Midwest), Gonzaga (West), Kansas (East) and the Hoyas (South) as his top four seeds. Georgetown replaced Miami after the No. 5 Hurricanes lost at No. 3 Duke, 79-76, when Ryan Kelly returned from injury to pour in 36 points on 7-of-9 3-point shooting.

"I mean, me saying `spectacular' or whatever doesn't do his performance justice," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "One for the ages. Probably as good a performance as any player has had - a Duke player has had - in Cameron."

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By JOHN F. SILVER & ADAM ZAGORIA

STORRS, Conn. ? Jim Boeheim believes that not only is Otto Porter Jr. the Big East Player of the Year, but the National Player of the Year as well.

"He's the best player in college," Boeheim said Thursday on the Big East conference call. "There's no question in my mind."

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Reggie Cameron was 7 years old when he watched Georgetown and Syracuse play on TV that day in February 2002 when?the Carrier Dome?court?was renamed "Jim Boeheim Court."

"Darryl Watkins from Paterson Catholic was going there so I started watching Syracuse a lot because he was like family to me," said Cameron, the Georgetown-bound small forward who grew up with the Playaz Basketball Club AAU program for which Watkins also played.

"And I remember they played Georgetown that day and I remember Georgetown beat them."

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Georgetown took a hit Wednesday when head coach John Thompson III announced that sophomore forward Greg Whittington has been declared academically ineligible.

?Greg will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility issue,? Thompson said.

Georgetown will not provide any further information due to federal regulations concerning student privacy issues.

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NEW YORK -- Georgetown coach John Thompson III doesn't know exactly how the new Catholic 7 league will shake out, but he's in favor of expanding the conference out West to include perennial power Gonzaga.

"They're obviously a great program, great tradition," JT3 told SNY.tv exclusively following No. 19 Georgetown's 67-51 beatdown of St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

"[Gonzaga coach] Mark [Few's]?done a great job out there. I'd be for that but I don't know whether that's realistic."

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NEW YORK -- Despite playing without second-leading scorer Greg Whittington and coming off their worst home lost since 1971, No. 19 Georgetown just hammered St. John's, 67-51, Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The Hoyas (11-3, 1-2 Big East) were coming off a 28-point home loss to Pittsburgh and managed to avoid their first 0-3 Big East start 1998-99.

"It was a dominating performance by Georgetown," said St. John's coach Steve Lavin, whose team dropped to 9-7, 1-3 in the Big East with No. 17 Notre Dame visiting Tuesday. "They took us to the woodshed in all aspects of the game."

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- Reggie Cameron signed on to play college basketball at Georgetown with the expectation that he would compete in the Big East Conference.

But now of course Georgetown is one of seven Catholic schools that has said "peace out" to the Big East and will leave the conference by June 30, 2015 -- at the latest.

So where does that leave the 6-foot-8 Cameron -- Georgetown's lone signee in the Class of 2013 -- and his future Georgetown teammates going forward?

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NEW YORK -- Unlike Texas, Georgetown doesn't have two players sitting out.

But the No. 15 Hoyas -- who destroyed Texas in the Jimmy V Classic, 64- 41, at Madison Square Garden -- still appear to have a big upside going forward.

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By SEVE COUSINS & ADAM ZAGORIA

BROOKLYN -- Otto Porter arrived at the Legends Classic coming off a concussion and representing an unranked Georgetown basketball team.

He left with his NBA draft stock surging and his Hoyas sure to be ranked in the Top 25 in Monday's poll.

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BROOKLYN -- Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and assistant GM Allan Houston were among the nearly 50 NBA scouts at the Barclays Center Monday to watch the Legends Classic.

The event features a slew of potential first-round draft picks in 2013, including potential No. 1 overall picks Cody Zeller of Indiana, a 7-foot sophomore forward, and Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-6 freshman small forward of UCLA.

After having no first-round pick in 2012, the Knicks own one in 2013, but they don't have a second-round pick.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

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BROOKLYN -- Most of the hype leading up to Monday's second Legends Classic semifinal between No. 11 UCLA and Georgetown surrounded the homecoming of?Kyle Anderson and the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.

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Check out this video interview with Georgetown's Otto Porter?which was done before he suffered a mild concussion Nov. 11 against Duquesne.

Porter practiced Friday and could play Monday night against No. 13 UCLA in the Legends Classic at Barclays Center.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Henry Sims has started as many preseason games for the Knicks as Amar'e Stoudemire has.

He has actually started more preseason games than J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace combined.

On Saturday, when the Knicks played the Celtics in Albany, the 6-foot-10 former Georgetown standout found himself starting for the Knicks alongside Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas, among others.

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