Breakdown: Four-star center Jessie Govan commits to Georgetown

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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It seemed like Jessie Govan's recruitment was getting set to go into high-gear again.

He had been touted for a few years, but after dropping a bit in the rankings, Govan was regaining some of the hype due to impressive performances this spring.

Syracuse and North Carolina State offered him recently, while Connecticut and Georgetown were making big pushes. Arizona, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Stanford and several other schools were also in the mix. There were some reports that even Duke was looking at Govan in late April.

After taking an unofficial visit to Georgetown two weekends ago, though, Govan thought it over and wanted to commit: the talented big man from New York is going to play for the Hoyas.

“It was a great visit,” Govan told 247Sports after his visit. “It was fun being on campus. I got to play with the team, you know, hang out, see the campus life. I had great talks with the coaches and Coach John Thompson Jr. It was a really great visit, they showed me a lot of things, I was impressed.”

Of the top 21 committed players from the class of 2015, Georgetown now has three in the fold.

The file on … Jessie Govan

  • Height: 6-foot-10
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Position: Center
  • Ranking: No. 65 in 247Sports Composite for class of 2015
  • High School: Wings Academy (N.Y.)
  • AAU: New York Lightning
  • Stats: 15.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg through two EYBL weekends

How he fits at Georgetown: In terms of pure back-to-the-basket scoring ability, there aren't too many better than Govan in the class of 2015. He gets good position near the rim, and knows how to score once he gets the ball. Govan has decent touch on his jump hook, although developing a consistent face-up game could help in Georgetown's offense. He's cementing his standing as one of the best low-post players in the class on the EYBL circuit, putting up consistent scoring numbers inside the paint. A post scorer will be much needed for Georgetown in the 2015-16 season, and John Thompson III is stockpiling frontcourt weapons in the class of 2015. Isaac Copeland and Paul White are frontcourt prospects entering school this season, although neither play is as effective a back-to-the-basket scorer as Govan.

What it means for Georgetown's class: It's not exactly Hoya Paranoia again, but Thompson will have a loaded frontcourt in a couple of years. Mikael Hopkins and Josh Smith are expected to be gone by then, but Copeland and White return – while JT3 also brings in potentially the best group of freshman frontcourt players. In addition to Govan, Georgetown already has commitments from Noah Dickerson and Marcus Derrickson. Dickerson is another low-post scorer, while Derrickson could play multiple positions on the frontline. Georgetown hasn't had a go-to scorer at the center position in a few years, but the Hoyas will have their pick in 2015-16. With the frontcourt essentially set, JT3 can focus more on the backcourt for the rest of the class. Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak are heading to Washington D.C. in the fall, but there are plenty of perimeter targets. New England guard Terance Mann has been coveted for a couple of years, while Alonzo Trier has played himself into the top 25 nationally.

Which school loses the most: While Georgetown was the frontrunner, the runner-up in the Crystal Ball for Govan was Connecticut, and the Huskies did visit with Govan last month. The national champions have two commits in the class of 2015, but both are guards: Will Jackson and Prince Ali. Kevin Ollie needs some big men in the class, as Amida Brimah, Phillip Nolan and Kentan Facey aren't enough going forward. Govan would have given Ollie a consistent low-post scorer, but now the Huskies will turn their attention toward other big men. It will be interesting to see if Connecticut gets involved with recent Boston College decommit Jeremy Miller.

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