The Georgetown Hoyas have yet to officially hit the court, but first year head coach Patrick Ewing has secured his first major victory on the recruiting battleground. On Friday, Jamarko Pickett, a Virginia native, committed to play for the Hoya program. He joins fellow 2017 recruits Antwan Walker, Jahvon Blair, and Chris Yannick Sodom as part of the incomimg Hoya freshman. What’s more, Pickett chose the Hoyas over Maryland, making it all the more sweeter for Ewing and the program.
Why this matters:
First and foremeost, Pickett is a highly talented and versatile player. Per 247sports, he has a composite recruiting ranking of #78 in the class of 2017, making him the highest ranked recruit in the Hoya’s 2017 class and the only one in the top 200. Pickett–once a Ole Miss commit as recently as last month–will be able to play immediately despite his late decision.
Anytime the Hoya program can secure a recruiting victory over the rival Terps, its a positive, but for Ewing, this is a big deal. Being that this is his first go ’round in the college game, snatching a local recruit from a rival is a major step in the right direction. Its likely that Picikett saw more opportunity to contribute for Georgetown than at Maryland, where he would be competing for decent playing time with the likes of Kevin Huerter, Justin Jackson, Jared Nickins, and Dion Wiley. Regardless of the reasoning, Pickett’s commitment allays some fears and questions about Ewing’s ability to connect with DMV area players.
Who is Jamarko Pickett?
Pickett is a bit of a late bloomer in every sense of the word. Up until his sophomore year of high school, he hadn’t even played organized basketball. On the AAU circuit he played for DC Premeir, and chose to use the 2016-17 season as a prep year at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia, where he put his ability on full display, and more than held his own against consensus top -10 prospect, Hamidou Diallo, in an early season matchup.
Pickett originally committed to play for Ole Miss last November, but after not attending summer sessions, Pickett was recently granted his release from the program.
The first thing that jumps out about Pickett is his enormous wingspan, which is reportledy measured at 7-4. Coupling that with the fact that he is 6’9″ , Pickett can eventually be a terror on the defensive end for the Hoyas. He’s a smooth and effortless scorer that will add shooting to a team that desperately needs it. He can stand to add weight to his slender frame, but that will come with time. Because of his versatility, he’ll more than likely compete for a starting job and/or big minutes.