Elite prospect reopens recruitment weeks after picking Georgetown

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III gestures during the first half of an NCAA college NIT tournament first round basketball game against West Virginia, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Washington. Georgetown won 77-65. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Had Georgetown managed to sign all three big men it received commitments from earlier this spring, the Hoyas might have boasted the best collection of frontcourt talent in the class of 2015.

Alas, those dreams were dashed when one member of the trio began experiencing second thoughts about his decision.

Noah Dickerson, Rivals.com's No. 56 recruit, tweeted Monday night, "I have decided to reopen my recruitment." The highly touted 6-foot-8 forward initially committed to Georgetown in May, citing the school's academic reputation and history of developing NBA big men. 

The loss of Dickerson is a blow to Georgetown because he's one of the best low-post scorers in his class. The forward from Montverde Academy (Fla.) has showcased soft hands, deft footwork and an array of back-to-the-basket moves, all of which could be critical for Georgetown with Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins set to graduate after next season.

Why would Dickerson change his mind on his decision so soon after his initial commitment? Perhaps strong performances this spring in both Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League and the NBPA Top 100 Camp have opened up doors for him. Or maybe the subsequent commitments of 6-foot-10 center Jessie Govan and 6-foot-8 combo forward Marcus Derrickson had him wary about playing time at Georgetown, especially since the Hoyas also have a frontcourt-heavy 2014 class set to arrive.

Regardless, Georgetown's loss will soon be someone else's gain.

Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Virginia were among the many schools who initially recruited the Atlanta native. Expect many of those schools to reach out to Dickerson again if they haven't already.

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!