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Graduating senior Moses Ayegba (C'14) will complete his eligibility at the University of Nebraska, reports SNY.TV.
Ayegba, who has one year of eligibility remaining, will take advantage of an NCAA rule that allows graduating seniors with remaining eligibility to transfer without a two semester residency requirement. A fellow fifth year senior, Aaron Bowen, will stay at Georgetown per a previous announcement.
The move reunites Ayegba with former Georgetown assistant Kenya Hunter, who joined the Cornhuskers' staff last season. Nebraska earned its first NCAA bid in 16 years last season with a 19-13 record.
On the eve of the men's basketball award banquet, Georgetown head coach John Thompson III talked to CBS Sports.com on his expectations in the 2014-15 off-season.
"We're expecting Josh [Smith] to be a part of our program next season," said Thompson. "That hasn't changed and what Josh needs to do hasn't changed. It's all about the conditioning."
"Next year we'll have Jabril back with D'Vauntes [Smith-Rivera] along with Aaron Bowen, Josh [Smith], and also Mikael Hopkins. We've also got several freshman that are going to play right away. Those four first-year guys --- Isaac Copeland, Paul White, LJ Peak, and Tre Campbell --- are going to be thrown into the fire quickly."
For Big East fans who complain that schools in Milwaukee and Omaha don't exactly meet the criteria of the conference's name, it could have been much, much worse.
The Gonzaga Bulletin reports that athletic director Mike Roth was ready to make a pitch for his school to join the Big East in 2013, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
"One single problem threw a wrench in the gears: geography," said Bulletin writer Matt Johnson. "As much as a program can request to join a conference, it eventually has to be invited by the conference, Roth said. Unfortunately for [Gonzaga], the Big East programs were not willing to fly their sports teams five or six hours to Spokane dozens of times every year, even if Roth was."
"Roth says he likes to say that the only way [Gonzaga] would be accepted into the Big East is if teleportation is invented."
The report also noted that Gonzaga turned to Georgetown to discuss improving its academics for basketball players.
"About 10 to 12 years ago, [Gonzaga] approached Duke and Georgetown with a question: How do you make sure your basketball players graduate on time? The answer led [Gonzaga] to institute a requirement that men’s and women’s basketball players take a certain number of credits every summer in order not to have credits left over once their basketball eligibility is finished...It's a system modeled after Duke’s and Georgetown’s, and not surprisingly, the time since that system was implemented was the time in which nearly every NBA player out of GU has been produced."
A review of Georgetown's freshman recruits in post-season exhibition play is found in this link to Ben Standig's column at CSN Washington.com. The Hoyas' freshman class is ranked as high as seventh nationally, according to reports.
Also on the recruiting calendar: a pending decision by 6-9 PF Alonzo Mourning III, better known as Trey Mourning, who lists Georgetown, Florida, and Duke among his favorites.
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