2022 Big East Transfer Portal, Vol. 3: The Georgetown Issue

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It was March 29th, 2022. I finished Vol. 2 of this Transfer Portal series and scheduled the publishing of the post for the following morning. On March 30th, 2022. I went to work without a care in the world, figuring that I could relax and not have to bookmark a thousand tweets on Twitter regarding transfer news for at least a couple days.

During the afternoon hours of March 30th, five more players announced their intent to transfer from Big East programs. Since that fateful day, three more players announced they were leaving our beloved conference. Within a week, the Big East Transfer Portal Tracker went from four to TWELVE. Georgetown (Tim Ighoefe, Jalin Billingsley, Tyler Beard, Kobe Clark) led the way with four defections, followed by Butler (Mike Parker, Simas Lukosius), UConn (Jalen Gaffney), and Xavier (Dwon Odom).

So, yeah, about the backcourt depth issues UConn now faces. Dan Hurley is now left with one true guard, RS Fr Corey Floyd Jr, after Jalen Gaffney announced his intent to leave Storrs. Observing from afar, I get the feeling that Gaffney never quite lived up to the expectations that some fans had for him coming into last season. While his upside as a key rotation player was visible, the on-court production could have been better during ‘21/’22. This loss hurts the Huskies in the depth chart, and now almost forces the UConn staff to bring in a transfer guard; I do not consider myself to be part of the camp that thinks 6'6 Andre Jackson or 6'5 Jordan Hawkins is the answer at point.

Speaking of backcourt losses, Dwon Odom announced that he will be entering the transfer portal following Xavier’s NIT Championship run. With a new coach, Sean Miller, at the helm, it was safe to assume that there would be at least one transfer for the Musketeers this offseason. Unfortunately, Odom is someone I would have wanted to retain. The 6'2 guard has an absurd amount of athleticism and plays bully-ball, making him a tough assignment for opposing guards on both ends of the court. While he won’t make his presence known in the scoring column on a nightly basis, his physical abilities as a small guard make him a sneaky valuable pickup for whoever beams him out of the portal.

In the last week, Butler let go of head coach LaVall Jordan under some shady, buyout-related circumstances. Since then, star freshman Simas Lukosius has entered the transfer portal. A late signee in the 2021 class, the 6'6 Lithuanian was a key player for the Bulldogs. In his lone season, Lukosius showed tremendous upside as a dynamic wing who had the ability to score and facilitate. There were growing pains mixed in with flashes of brilliance that the young player experienced, but it was nothing that could derail the excitement that fans felt about his future in Indianapolis. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. Alas.

Prior to Jordan being let go as Butler’s head coach, 6'6 walk-on Mike Parker announced his intent to transfer as well. Parker played in 12 career games for the Bulldogs over two seasons.

It’s now time for the main event. In the last seven days, Georgetown lost four players to the transfer portal: Tim Ighoefe, Jalin Billingsley, Tyler Beard, and Kobe Clark. While Ighoefe was the starting big for Patrick Ewing’s squad this past season, the headlining loss for the Hoyas is undoubtedly Beard. Despite lead guard Dante Harris appearing to be less than 100% for most of ‘21/’22, it’s fair to say that the 6'2 freshman was underutilized as a backup guard. Meanwhile, Billingsley showed flashes on offense as a stretch forward, but may not have been ready to contribute at the Big East level as a freshman. Clark showed promise as a high-motor wing, but the 6'6 sophomore struggled with injuries during his two years as a Hoya.

From the outside looking-in, each of the four players appeared to have made their decisions with rationality, but these losses do not reflect fondly on the Georgetown program. Since October 2018, 13 players have transferred from the Hilltop for varying reasons. Looking further back, 14 of the 22 freshmen recruits that were brought in by Ewing left, either by dismissal or transfer, before their senior years. Roster retention in this current landscape of college basketball is vital, and Georgetown cannot afford to have a revolving door if they hope to maintain a solid foundation for the coming years.

Another week, another iPhone notes screenshot thanking God and 3rd grade AAU coaches. We wish nothing but the best for the players who are leaving. Tune in next week to see me procrastinate and publish another subpar blog post.




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