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10/31/2022 3:02 pm  #1


The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

A Troika of Power 5 coveted Guards, to start the CC era.   3 great additions
 
George Washington first year head coach Chris Caputo and his staff landed another key commitment on Monday afternoon, this one from IMG Academy and Team Takeover guard Jacoi Hutchinson.

 “The most important thing for me was that I really believe in the vision that Coach Caputo has for the school and the basketball program, He’s coming from a winning environment at Miami and he knows what winning looks like. He knows what it takes to develop players and help them get the next level, especially at my position.”
 Hutchinson is a local DMV product who previously attended DeMatha Catholic High School prior to transferring to IMG just before his junior year.

“Coming home was important,” he said. “I’ve been gone for these last two years so I definitely missed having that support back home and having my whole family coming out to the games. I know I can get that at GW.”


 While his commitment will pay immediate dividends on the floor, it will also give the Colonials an immediate burst of recruiting momentum in their backyard as Hutchinson is a well-known local product who attracted varying degrees of high-major interest and offers over the course of his high school career.

  With Hutchinson now joining Jones and Trey Autry, GW has built an incoming perimeter trio that were all individually recruited at a higher level and collectively has a chance to be among the very best incoming freshmen backcourts in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

 Hutchinson is an aggressive two-way guard who is best known for his motor, ability to defend the ball, and attack the paint, but has simultaneously made strides in becoming a reliable spot-up shooter.
 “I just want to come in every day with the right attitude and the right mindset. I have that winning mentality. Everything we’re doing in practice; I’ll make sure I’m competing and setting that example for everyone else.”


 Caputo is also coming from a Miami program that revitalized itself in recent years with their smallball attack, a style that he may now be able to duplicate at George Washington.

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10/31/2022 4:20 pm  #2


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Wow. Another big one. Offers from Maryland, Pitt, LSU amd Virginia Tech. Chris has taken it up a click. Now let’s see some activity in the front court!!  Pretty impressive out of the gate.

 

10/31/2022 7:08 pm  #3


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Alum1 wrote:

Wow. Another big one. Offers from Maryland, Pitt, LSU amd Virginia Tech. Chris has taken it up a click. Now let’s see some activity in the front court!! Pretty impressive out of the gate.

An extremely encouraging trio of recruits for the future of the program

 

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10/31/2022 9:19 pm  #4


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Extremely excited by the offers, rankings, and pedigrees of these three young men. My only question is are any of these three true PGs or should we expect one more in the mix? All three have been described as combo guards in write ups but most of the sites list them as SGs. In todays game of positionless basketball we may not need a true PG but has anyone heard of any in the pipeline or should we expect one of these three to be a main ball handler.

 

10/31/2022 9:52 pm  #5


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

I think this is more a case of you take the best athletes you can get and figure it out later. These are three top flight recruits of a caliber amd quality we haven’t seen in some time outside of transfers. Great start by Coach C.

 

10/31/2022 10:53 pm  #6


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Buff&BlueBandit wrote:

Extremely excited by the offers, rankings, and pedigrees of these three young men. My only question is are any of these three true PGs or should we expect one more in the mix? All three have been described as combo guards in write ups but most of the sites list them as SGs. In todays game of positionless basketball we may not need a true PG but has anyone heard of any in the pipeline or should we expect one of these three to be a main ball handler.

I would trust any of them to handle the point for stretches. They have all spent time playing off the ball at one point or another so combo guard is probably technically most accurate but they are all PGs first. All three are very good on-ball defenders, have great vision finding the open man, and are unselfish players (they aren't looking for their shot first - not knocking Brayon by any means, but he is more of a "scoring PG" compared to the three guys coming in). The only real knock on these guys going into next year is that they will be young. I wouldn't be opposed to bringing in a veteran from the transfer portal as a "security blanket" but these guys have all played against good competition which might lessen the learning curve coming into college.

I think Hutchinson is the best passer of the three (nitpicking), and would probably start him at the point with one of Autry or Jones flanking him along the perimeter. Autry/Jones are better shooters, but would also be able to serve as a secondary ball handler on the court. Some of the high majors cooled on Jacoi in the past year because he is somewhat inconsistent of a shooter, although things started to come together for him during the final live period when he shot 35% from distance (which happened to coincide with cold shooting from Trey who otherwise was really shooting the ball well during AAU play).

Autry definitely looked for his shot more playing with the Albany City Rocks, but is more of a true PG at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio. He has a really good feel for the game, makes good decisions, and knows when he needs to look for his shot. He scored in double figures in all three of WRA's games this past weekend, including 19 in the first half alone in game #2. He is also physically ready to contribute on day 1. Check out one of his games here from Saturday. He is #0 in white. Came away very impressed overall.




Jones is probably the most efficient of the three from a shooting standpoint, but will probably need to add a bit more strength coming into college. From the games I've watched, he has a high basketball IQ but I wish he would be more aggressive sometimes because he's a good scorer when he gets the opportunity. It might be a product of playing with a number of other "alphas" at Our Savior Lutheran and NH Lightning but he usually makes winning plays overall. It would make sense to pair him with Max on the floor since they've played together in the past.

Overall, I think we probably add another guard at some point for depth purposes, but the backcourt looks really good in the years to come. Next up is addressing the frontcourt. It will be interesting to see how CC tackles that. Marqus Marion is a primary target, and I wouldn't mind getting Eemeli Yalaho either who is Trey's teammate at WRA. Yalaho had a strong game yesterday with 20 points and 10 rebounds. We probably leverage the transfer portal more for the frontcourt since frontcourt players take longer to come along.
 

 

11/01/2022 8:23 am  #7


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Buff&BlueBandit wrote:

Extremely excited by the offers, rankings, and pedigrees of these three young men. My only question is are any of these three true PGs or should we expect one more in the mix? All three have been described as combo guards in write ups but most of the sites list them as SGs. In todays game of positionless basketball we may not need a true PG but has anyone heard of any in the pipeline or should we expect one of these three to be a main ball handler.

I’ve spoken with a friend whose son has played against and with Hutchinson. The word I get is he’s better than his rating and he is the likely starting point guard at IMG this year.

 

11/01/2022 10:45 pm  #8


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BGF wrote:

Buff&BlueBandit wrote:

Extremely excited by the offers, rankings, and pedigrees of these three young men. My only question is are any of these three true PGs or should we expect one more in the mix? All three have been described as combo guards in write ups but most of the sites list them as SGs. In todays game of positionless basketball we may not need a true PG but has anyone heard of any in the pipeline or should we expect one of these three to be a main ball handler.

I’ve spoken with a friend whose son has played against and with Hutchinson. The word I get is he’s better than his rating and he is the likely starting point guard at IMG this year.

He looks like a great playmaker on all of his film. One set of film is all great assists for his teammates

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11/02/2022 8:36 am  #9


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

247Sports ranks Jacoi as GW's highest rated recruit ever, going back about 20 years.

https://247sports.com/college/george-washington/Season/2023-Basketball/Commits/

Christian Jones is 11th.

 

11/02/2022 12:45 pm  #10


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

DC Native wrote:

247Sports ranks Jacoi as GW's highest rated recruit ever, going back about 20 years.

https://247sports.com/college/george-washington/Season/2023-Basketball/Commits/

Christian Jones is 11th.

Jacoi takes the top spot from Brayon Freeman.  The previously highest ever rated GW recruit via 24/7

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11/26/2022 7:58 am  #11


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

IMG Instagram video on Jacoi

https://www.instagram.com/p/ClZpfMBDNHW/




 

 

12/01/2022 2:16 pm  #12


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Something to watch tonight:

:=inherit=inheritSamad Hines=inherit@Samad_Hines=inherit·2h =inheritNo. 5 IMG Academy (FL) and No. 3 Montverde Academy (FL) meeting tonight for the first time this season -- the annual matchup will feature at least 20 next level prospects. An elite top-5 matchup tonight on ESPNU at 5PM ET as part of the NIBC -- definitely APPOINTMENT TV.

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12/01/2022 2:46 pm  #13


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Thank you for the heads up, FC.  I have set my DVR

 

12/01/2022 6:06 pm  #14


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Also thx for Heads up also Set DVR

About to watch now.  Jacoi starts and #4 for IMG

This game is loaded with division 1 bound players

Kwame Evans Jr one of the nation's top recruits in for montverde.  GW fans know his Pops well

Jacoi described as heart and soul"

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12/02/2022 9:56 am  #15


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Hard to glean anything from watching that game.  It was very much a scrum with Montverde the main culprit.  Jacoi had some good moments and some bad, but he was on the court most of the game and was the floor general when the aspiring "6'9" PG"s weren't trying to take the ball coast to coast. 

Jamie Keiser looked good.  Would'a looked good in Buff & Blue.

 

12/02/2022 11:56 am  #16


Re: The 3rd HS Recruit of the CC Era, Jacoi Hutchinson

Tough game for Jacoi.  Montverde jumped them from the start and IMG was playing catch-up all night.  Jacoi made a pretty pass here and there (including one dazzling assist) and showed a willingness to sacrifice his body in order to try to take charges.  But on the whole, not close to a good outing.  On the plus side, that Montverde team had more size and talent than 1/2 the teams Jacoi will face in college.

Bittersweet watching Kwame Evans Jr and dreaming what could have been.  Why though did he decide on Oregon?  Pretty curious choice.

 

12/02/2022 1:01 pm  #17


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Gwmayhem wrote:

Tough game for Jacoi.  Montverde jumped them from the start and IMG was playing catch-up all night.  Jacoi made a pretty pass here and there (including one dazzling assist) and showed a willingness to sacrifice his body in order to try to take charges.  But on the whole, not close to a good outing.  On the plus side, that Montverde team had more size and talent than 1/2 the teams Jacoi will face in college.

Bittersweet watching Kwame Evans Jr and dreaming what could have been.  Why though did he decide on Oregon?  Pretty curious choice.

Nike $$$

 

12/02/2022 1:54 pm  #18


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Gwmayhem wrote:

Bittersweet watching Kwame Evans Jr and dreaming what could have been.  Why though did he decide on Oregon?  Pretty curious choice.

I'm sure the NIL money was pretty sweet from Nike University.

[also what Mike K said]

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12/02/2022 2:19 pm  #19


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Jacoi looked like a 4 year floor general type player.  Maybe not the highest ceiling (in a game full of high ceiling talent) but a very high floor.

Dana Altman's has had a great 30+ year career and gradually built up Oregon not a big surprise.  Surely NIKE resources  has also helped (football too)   

 15 NCAA tourney wins in the last 9 held NCAA tourneys 

Had a great run at Creighton for 14 years, dude has over 700 wins.  Just gets no ink being out West. 



 

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12/02/2022 2:43 pm  #20


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Nike $$$?  Yes, that makes sense.

Dana Altman's pedigree?  Makes far less sense.  He's had a perfectly fine career but how many Top 10 players has he ever landed?  Plenty of programs I'd put  in front of Oregon if we're basing this on some form of ability to commensurate program success scale.

But yes, there is that Nike $$.  Makes perfect sense.

 

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