The coaching wheel has turned again for Georgetown women's basketball, as Natasha Adair resigned Sunday to take the head job at Delaware.
"Natasha Adair personifies the dream candidate to lead the new era of Blue Hens basketball," said Delaware president Dennis Assanis in a Sunday news release. "She instantly brings the attributes that we seek in our new hires to drive our programs to success. With a deep commitment to both academics and athletics, she has mentored and guided student-athletes to achieve their career goals both on and off the court. Natasha is an outstanding leader who will actively engage our players, our campus and our UD community."
Adair's move is a loss to a Georgetown program that will now be seeking its fourth different head coach in six seasons. Adair arrived in 2014 seeking to rebuild a program that had fired Keith Brown and did not renew interim coach Jim Lewis' contract. After a grueling 4-27 season in 2014-15, Adair guided the Hoyas to winning seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17, the latter of which earned a women's NIT bid. Her career mark at Georgetown was 37-54 and is 72-85 overall.
Adair will be welcomed to Delaware at a Monday news conference. Her reasons for leaving Georgetown are not known at this time, especially with the NIT bid, four returning starters, and the arrival of the Thompson Center, all of which would be seen as positive developments for the program.
"We will seek out someone who will embrace the high standards of academic and competitive excellence that defines Georgetown University," said athletic director Lee Reed in a statement common to coaching changes. "I have full confidence that, with all we have to offer here on the Hilltop, we will find a coach that will continue our momentum and achieve our goal of being one of the best programs in the Big East Conference."
The Georgetown results among all sports are below (note that men's rowing and sailing are not included in that they are not recognized NCAA sports.) Twelve teams scored a perfect 1000 on the rating.
|Cross Country (Men's)||985||991||994||1000||1000||1000||1000||995||991||992||989||992|
|Cross Country (Women's)||987||991||993||986||988||992||1000||1000||1000||1000||997||996|
|Track (Men's Indoor)||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||996||992||992||989||992|
|Track (Women's Indoor)||989||993||1000||989||992||997||1000||1000||1000||1000||984||994|
|Track (Men's Outdoor)||1000||1000||994||1000||1000||1000||1000||996||992||992||989||992|
|Track (Women's Outdoor)||988||992||1000||989||992||994||1000||1000||997||997||984||994|
Chris Yannick Sodom, a 7-3 center from Houston, TX originally committed to the University of New Mexico, announced a verbal commitment for the Georgetown class of 2017 on Sunday.
A native of Nigeria, Sodom played at St. Thomas HS in Houston as a junior before moving to Memphis to attend Tennessee Prep Academy, and is ranked as the #26 center prospect by ESPN.com and #261 overall by 247Sports.com. With just 215 pounds on a 7-3 frame, he is considered a project player for 2017-18.
Sodom was one of three New Mexico recruits released from their obligations on April 17 following a change in coaching.
In need of filling at least four open spots on the 2017-18 varsity, basketball head coach Patrick Ewing secured a commitment from 6-0 guard Trey Dickerson, a rising senior at the University of South Dakota, according to reports. What is unclear, however, is when he will be eligible to play next season.
Dickerson averaged 10.4 points per game for the Coyotes in 2016-17, the third leading scorer on a USD team that finished 22-12 and advanced to the school's first NIT bid. On April 11, he announced his interest in a fifth year transfer. Pending graduation from USD, Georgetown would be the fifth college for the 23 year old guard and the eighth stop in the past nine seasons.
Originally from New York, Dickerson played freshman basketball at Christ the King Academy in Queens Village, NY but struggled academically according to reports, moving to Los Angeles in the 2009-10 season to play for Montclair Prep of Van Nuys but the school closed in 2011. He moved on to Price Christian School in Los Angeles, averaging 14.8 ppg in 2011-12, but then moved on to God's Academy, a basketball-only prep school headquartered in a south Dallas recreation center. (This school is not related to the "God's Academy" of nearby Grand Prairie, TX that was labeled a diploma mill by the NCAA in 2007.)
"Dickerson is extremely fast with the ball, and he is even more dangerous in transition," wrote Future150.com in a 2013 review of the two-star rated guard. "His ball-handling is his biggest attribute, but...he needs to work on playing under control and limiting the turnovers."
At God's Academy, Dickerson averaged 23 points per game and qualified for a NCAA Division I scholarship. He committed to Murray State in the summer of 2013, choosing the Racers over offers from the University of Seattle and Oakland University. This proved to be a brief stop, as he decommitted at the close of the summer term and moved to Williston State, a North Dakota junior college. Dickerson earned third team junior college All-America honors with Williston, averaging 19 points and five assists for the Tetons.
In 2014-15 he transferred to Iowa, choosing the Hawkeyes over interest from Nebraska, Arkansas, and Washington State, but saw limited action, averaging less than three points per game.
"Dickerson played considerable minutes in Iowa's first two games of the season, but...by conference season, he was only seeing action during garbage time," wrote SB Nation. "In the 17 games since Iowa faced Iowa State and the schedule got serious, Dickerson has played exactly 32 minutes, with less than half of those in games that were decided by less than 25 points."
After one season, he announced a transfer to South Dakota. And one year later, he is back on the move.
"If you want to be a graduate transfer, they make you earn it," Dickerson told the Argus (ND) Leader. "If you don't graduate, you have to sit out, but if you do it by the rules, you've earned the right to take advantage of the opportunity."
If Dickerson does not graduate from South Dakota as scheduled, his eligibility will expire. According to NCAA rules, a player has five years to complete four years of eligibility, excepting medical hardship. Dickerson's college career began in the fall of 2013 at Murray State and will this conclude in 2017-18.
Columnist and provocateur John Feinstein suggests Georgetown and Maryland will not be playing in 2017-18. And this time, he may be correct.
"Hasn't been announced yet but I'm told Maryland and Georgetown won't be playing one another next year," said Feinstein on his Twitter account. "What a shame. Games last 2 years were great. They should play every year. Sure, Maryland has upper hand right now but these things ebb and flow. FYI, this decision was made before JT III got fired and Ewing got the job."
The Hoyas and Terrapins have played in each of the past two seasons as part of the Big East-Big 10 challenge series known as the Gavitt Games, but the series was not meant to be a static scheduling item. Given Georgetown's rebuilding mode and a likely pre-season pick in the bottom two of the conference, a break from the Gavitt games would not be unforeseen. In fact, the original plan for the eight year series would have each of the ten Big East schools playing over six of the eight years, as two schools each year are not part of the series. (Last year's non-entrants were Marquette and Xavier.)
"Clearly, Feinstein's info is coming from the Hoyas' end of things; Maryland sources said they were unaware of such a decision and it seems new Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has yet to hire a staffer to handle scheduling," writes Inside Maryland Sports. A separate, also unconfirmed report suggests that other than the Phil Knight Invitational and the Dec. 16 game with Syracuse, Ewing has not filled any of the nine remaining open non-conference games to date.
Junior forward Akoy Agau has joined a recent list of departures from the men's basketball program, as the Omaha World Herald reports he will seek a transfer at the conclusion of the spring semester this month.
Agau, a native of the Sudan via Omaha, was the 75th ranked player in the nation when he enrolled at Louisville in 2013, but played sparingly in three semesters and transferred after the fall 2014 semester. He sat out the 2015-16 season at Georgetown due to injury but averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 points per game for Georgetown as a redshirt junior, starting in eight games last season.
Agau will be the fourth unplanned departure from the Hoyas since last summer, a list that also includes Paul White (to Oregon), Isaac Copeland (to Nebraska), and L.J. Peak to the professional ranks.