Georgetown Snags 2013 Forward Reggie Cameron Despite Scholarship Crunch

Georgetown took its time adding the program’s first recruit to the 2013 class (without a senior on this year’s team, the school is handcuffed recruiting beyond this season). But when they struck, the Hoyas sure made it count.

John Thompson III earned a commitment from Jersey City forward Reggie Cameron on Wednesday, scoring the school’s long-term replacement for departing junior forward Hollis Thompson. Cameron, a borderline top-100 prospect, picked Georgetown over a host of schools including Miami, Michigan, NC State, Seton Hall and Virginia.

A 6-foot-7 forward with range, Cameron is a stretch player whom Thompson III can plug in at either the 3 or 4. His combination of size, spot-up shooting and a knockdown corner jumper is reminiscent of the skill set of the former Hoya Thompson, who declared for the NBA draft last spring but was not drafted.

Cameron, like Thompson, is a perfect match for Georgetown’s offensive system, which is a variation of the Princeton offense. The Hoyas love to spread the floor and use the spacing to spring backdoor cutters and stretch out longer defenders. Cameron is capable of just that. The lanky forward shot better than 50-percent from long-distance during the EYBL season.

Cameron would have been Georgetown’s second commit in the class of 2013 were it not for Stephen Domingo, a lanky shooter from California originally on track to graduate in 2013, reclassifying into the 2012 class. Domingo, along with Oak Hill star D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, headline a solid freshman quartet for the Hoyas this season.

Georgetown had already been out of available scholarships for the 2013 class before Cameron committed, so the Hoyas will have to sort out whose scholarship he will ultimately take. Sophomore forward Otto Porter could depart for the NBA draft following the 2012-13 season. Point guard Markel Starks, with a breakout junior campaign (meaning he better get his assist rate up), could conceivably play his way into an NBA prospect too.

Having a core of talented underclassmen certainly has its perks. When recruiting one or two years down the line, however, you can see where the youth movement can go awry.