Back in the days when John Thompson roamed the Georgetown sideline, the Hoyas were a recruiting machine. In Thompson’s 26.5 seasons as head coach, the Hoyas successfully recruited such superstars as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Reggie Williams and Othella Harrington.
Since Thompson’s departure, midway through the 1998-1999 season, the Hoyas’ recruiting has been much spottier and, though some great players have emerged, there have been no transcendent stars the likes of Ewing or Iverson.
A large part of this is due to the lack of big-name recruits the coaching staff has been able to attract; two of the best Hoyas of recent years, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert, were both ranked outside of the Top 100 in their recruiting class.
But perhaps the most significant factor has been the number of highly touted recruits who never managed to significantly contribute to the team.
Here we look at the most disappointing recruits of the post-John Thompson era.