Prior to losing to Ohio State last weekend, there was some news about the Georgetown basketball team that would suggest the team's standards for recruits may not be as lofty as JT III would like you to believe
A story published in the New York Times mostly focuses on Marc Egerson, who transferred from the Hoyas to the University of Delaware at the end of the fall semester, and assistant coach Kevin Broadus, who was hired as head coach of SUNY Binghamton:
"What Binghamton officials did not know, and what few have talked about amid this feel-good week here, is that Thompson and Broadus recruited a player to Georgetown who in four years of public high school in Delaware compiled final grades of F in 12 courses.
"That player was Marc Egerson, who had a grade-point average of 1.33 in core courses like math, science and English. He passed nine such courses without receiving a grade higher than a C. As a freshman, he even failed physical education.
"After redeeming his academic standing at Lutheran Christian Academy, a prep school in Philadelphia, Egerson took his stellar on-court credentials as a two-time state basketball player of the year to Georgetown. There, he was part of Thompsonís first full recruiting class of scholarship players who arrived in the fall of 2005 to help make the Hoyas a national power again. He played as a reserve during his freshman year.
"Georgetown plucked Egerson from the underbelly of big-time college basketball, where some top players have boosted their academic standing at diploma mills that required little, if any, schoolwork. His admission demonstrates how even elite universities navigate the gray areas of recruiting to find talent."