- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2002

The Georgetown men's basketball program received a verbal commitment yesterday from Roy Hibbert, a rising junior center for Georgetown Prep.

Hibbert, a 7-foot-2, 270-pounder, is regarded as one of the top five players in the class of 2004. Though he sat out most of last season with a broken left foot, Hibbert averaged eight points, nine rebounds and six blocks in limited playing time as a sophomore.

"Roy has a monster upside," Georgetown Prep coach and former Hoya Dwayne Bryant said yesterday. "His mobility and footwork are very solid, but he still needs to hone his skills and work on his strength."

Hibbert should join Carroll star and GU commitment Darian Townes, a 6-9, 225-pounder who is a consensus top-10 recruit in next year's prep class, to give the Hoyas one of the nation's most formidable future frontcourts.

Combine these two frontline commitments with Georgetown's two blue-chip backcourt signings for this season (6-7 gunner Brandon Bowman and 6-3 point man Ashanti Cook), and the Hoyas continue to lay the groundwork for a rise back to national prominence under coach Craig Esherick and recruiting guru Ronny Thompson.

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