Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hoyas land ESPN 60 PF Derrickson
By Reggie Rankin
Junior power forward Marcus Derrickson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) ended his recruitment Saturday with a verbal commitment to Georgetown, according to multiple sources.
The 6-foot-6 ESPN 60 prospect chose the Hoyas over offers from Indiana, NC State, Miami (Fla.), Maryland, Rutgers, Villanova and Virginia Tech. He is the first recruit from the 2015 class for Georgetown coach John Thompson III. It's a huge get for Thompson, who was able land a nationally ranked prospect from the talent-rich DC-Maryland-Virginia area and the respected Team Takeover AAU/Travel Team program.
What does Derrickson's commitment mean for the Hoyas?
Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas' first commitment in the 2015 class, brings size and skills.
Why he committed: "Derrickson's family is close and can see him play. He is a great system fit and the success Georgetown has had with developing combination forwards was very attractive," said Keith Stevens, head coach of Team Takeover.
What he brings: Derrickson has grown and added strength. He is a physical power forward with an excellent skill set. He can play inside and out, pass and is an excellent rebounder. Derrickson understands defensive concepts and schemes.
How he fits: Derrickson can play multiple positions within the offense. He can make plays from the high- and low-post positions and creates matchup problems from both areas as well as out at the 3-point line. Derrickson also can make the passes needed to be successful within the offensive scheme.
Who he reminds us of: Derrickson reminds of another big, skilled player: former Michigan star Terry Mills. They're both physical and able to score and rebound.
How the class is shaping up: Derrickson is the first 2015 commit for the Hoyas. He is a four-star prospect with great upside and gets Georgetown off to a great start.