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Speeches from head coach Patrick Ewing and two of the three graduating seniors were posted to YouTube following Tuesday night's basketball reception at the Leavey Center.

 

 

 

Additional comments from the reception follow at the HoyaTalk board.

Head coach Patrick Ewing received his first commitment of the 2016-17 recruiting cycle with the commitment of 6-4 guard Jahvon Blair late last week.

Blair, from Brampton, ON, averaged 23 points a game at Athlete Institute Prep, a basketball-centric prep school located in Orangeville, ON. Blair, variously listed as both a point guard and a shooting guard, is listed as a two-star recruit by Verbalcommits.com, and joins two other Athlete Institute teammates which earned Division I offers this spring.

Still no official word into Patrick Ewing's choices for assistant coaches, which have been the subject of speculation but no announcements from Georgetown to date.

Various names has been proffered online, including former Seton Hall coach Louis Orr, former Georgetown assistant Robert Kirby, and Louisiana Tech assistant coach Tony Skinn, but none have been announced.

Former Georgetown assistants are now moving forward with their careers. Anthony Solomon has joined the staff at the University of Dayton, reports the Dayton Daily News. Solomon, who arrived at Georgetown from Notre Dame in 2016, was released following the dismissal of John Thompson III in March.

Kevin Broadus is also on the move, as he was hired by Maryland on Friday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family," said coach Mark Turgeon in a UM news release. "Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program."

Former Georgetown player Paul Tagliabue (C'62) was a member of the search committee that recommended Patrick Ewing as head coach last month. last week, he participated in a Q&A session with The HOYA on the decision making process.

"First and foremost, we wanted someone who would reflect and embrace the values of Georgetown, someone who believes strongly that there is a balance between academics and athletics that has to be respected and that academics are an important component of a student athlete," Tagliabue said. "We also felt that it had to be someone who respected Georgetown's values of diversity, commitment to service to others, and so the first thing was we wanted people who could lead at Georgetown and properly represent the university, not just winning basketball games but recruiting young men who would be assets not only athletically but also academically. The next thing was that we wanted someone who had a demonstrated success and experience in coaching basketball at the collegiate or NBA level. We wanted people who clearly understood the game as it is being played today..."

"So in the end [Ewing] had all of the qualities we were looking for. There were three or four people we were still evaluating when it came to the final weekend before we announced the decision on Monday, but then Patrick emerged on the final weekend."

Incoming freshman Antwan Walker reconfirmed his commitment to the Class of 2021 on Monday via Twitter:

Walker graduated from W.T. Woodson HS in 2015 and took a fifth year at Hargrave Military Academy. A former DCIAA player of the year, he was ranked #189th nationally by 247Sports.com

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