Some news coming out of Georgetown on this Saturday morning: Georgetown sophomore center Greg Monroe will forgo his final two seasons in the District and sign with an agent, according to a release by the school.
Good news for Monroe, bad for Georgetown, which won't be as vaunted heading into next season. The Big East Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 will certainly be missed in what could be a year in which the Big East title is wide open. Here's what he put in the press release.
"It was mentally what I wanted to do," Monroe said. "I feel like I'm ready to make this step after working with our coaches for two years. I've enjoyed being able to represent Georgetown. I've enjoyed my experience and while I am leaving campus, I still will always be part of Georgetown."
Monroe was an absolute beast this season, even if he did it quietly. He scored 16.1 points per and grabbed nearly 10 rebounds while dishing out almost four assists as well. Add on to that a 1.2-steals-per-game and 1.5-blocks-per-game average and you can see why he's considered a lottery pick. He was on the First Team of the Big East and was a Third-Team selection for the AP All-American selections. He was also the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year, an award voted on by coaches.
Monroe and Georgetown haven't been much on the radar after losing to West Virginia in the Big East tournament finals because, well, there was that embarrassing loss in the first round to 14th-seeded Ohio.
Quick thought: I think Monroe will do well at the next level. Maybe two or three All-Star games. He's valued because he can pass the ball well and can be near-dominating when he really asserts himself. Georgetown had to know this move was coming, and I'd guess it's been prepping for it all season long.
- Greg Monroe