Jessie Govan: Evaluation

New York product Jessie Govan sits far ahead of the developmental curve. He also knows what he is and how to be most effective, and Georgetown will be the happy beneficiary.


It took a little while for him to develop genuine national traction, but the 6-10 Govan surfaced early in New York — which has been deprived of blue-chip frontcourt prospects lately — and impressed with his overall ability at a young age.

Goven demonstrated a clear capacity for interior scoring, and post play continues to define the essence of his game.

He hit the trail during the 2013 summer and built on his momentum, generating scholarship offers from Arizona, Virginia and Miami. By the beginning of his junior year he'd added Seton Hall, Connecticut, Louisville, St. John's and Pittsburgh, among others.

When he suited for the EYBL circuit this past spring with the New York Lightning, he took on the look of a traditional Big East recruit. He cited his favorites as Connecticut, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Miami, and he announced for the Hoyas in May.

Ending his recruitment enabled Govan to focus on the summer, when he performed well versus stout competition. He currently resides at No. 51 overall in the Class of 2015.


Govan averaged a solid 15 points per game in 21 EYBL games this year, more than double his output from 2013. He shot an efficient 53 percent from the field and hauled down more than eight rebounds per contest as well.

Govan will anchor the Hoyas' frontline and give them a post presence

His primary asset may be his hands. Govan possesses a soft touch not only as a pass recipient and a rebounder, as he also wields a feathery shot on the inside. He utilizes impressive footwork and launches a trusty jump hook that may become his calling card at Georgetown.

Govan also can step away and knock down 15-foot jump shots, though his release is a little slow. That said, if he's wise then he'll attempt jumpers only when he's wide open and thus his release speed won't be a factor.

I also like his defensive potential. Govan may not ever become a shotblocker, but he carries a very solid frame and should develop the lower body strength to push opposing interior scorers out of their preferred spots.

Along with that, he's an unselfish winner who helped lead the Lightning to berths in the Peach Jam both years he competed in the 17-under division.


A lack of run/jump athleticism stands out most. Govan is somewhat slow off the floor and struggles to move his feet laterally. He's a center all the way, but even so he could face some vulnerabilities in pick and roll scenarios.

Also for that reason, shotblockers can trouble him at the rim. He's very skilled at scoring with post moves and his patented jump hook, but there likely will be occasions in the Big East when he eats lay-ups or dunk attempts. Again, his hookshot appears to be his answer to that potential problem.


No one ever will confuse Govan with Blake Griffin, but he's a traditionally built and styled big man who gets the most out of what he has. And what he has is great size, advanced scoring tools, creditable rebounding production and a tough, team-first mentality.

Add all that up and you have a blue-chip frontcourt prospect, and the Hoyas happily will adorn him in their uniform beginning next season. Further, given that John Thompson III's squads have tended to play at a very slow tempo, Govan will be able to maximize his strengths and minimize his athletic limitations.

Expect him to have a very productive career for the Hoyas.

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