Stephen Domingo (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius), No. 28 in the ESPN 60, committed to Georgetown on Monday over Stanford, Washington and UCLA.
For the highly-regarded 6-foot-7 small forward to shun the Pac-12 for the 3,000-mile trip east, he needed to be sure the Hoyas were for him.
“It’s a really difficult decision,” said Domingo, who visited the Hoyas' campus twice in the last year. “The part about leaving home isn’t as difficult but the part where you know where your parents won’t be there. That’s tough but I know the school has my back and that’s what I felt with Georgetown.
“It was really the relationship I developed with coach [John Thompson III] and the way they promote the versatility of their wings. They rely on their wings a lot and they use their wings in a way I can be productive offensively and defensively.”
However, the Hoyas are no strangers to national recruiting and one of their wing starters, Hollis Thompson, is a native of California. The Hoyas were also helped by family ties in the D.C. area because Domingo’s grandparents are D.C. residents and his mother is a Washington, D.C., native.
During one of Domingo's trips to the campus, Georgetown’s offense resonated with him. He visualized his role and it clicked.
“It was probably on my visit during winter break. I sat down with the staff and they explained to me the ways I could use their system. I went to a game, sat courtside and I could see myself in their system," said Domingo, who shot 39 percent from 3-point range last year. “With my shooting ability, they put defenses in a position where I’ll get a shot or it’s easy to get a shot coming up or getting a back-door cut. They’ll make my shooting ability easy to play out of and they have a great tradition with NBA guys.”