Former Mississippi commit Jamarko Pickett chooses Georgetown over Maryland

Four-star prospect Jamarko Pickett, a 6-foot-9, 208-pound forward who decommitted from Mississippi after his main recruiter left for another school this spring, has chosen Georgetown over Maryland, a source familiar with Pickett’s recruitment said Friday.

It appears that Pickett chose the opportunity to start and be one of the top scorers for the rebuilding Hoyas under first-time head coach Patrick Ewing over being more a role player — at least next season — while coming off the bench for the Terps.

Pickett, who played last season at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., after his high school career in Washington, was ranked No. 78 overall in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports.com’s Composite Rankings. Georgetown lost several key players from last year’s 14-18 team, including its two top scorers.

Maryland was looking at Pickett as a player that could give the Terps some depth at forward behind rising sophomore Justin Jackson and incoming freshman Bruno Fernando, with the possibility of an increased role as a sophomore if Jackson left for the NBA.

InsideMDSports.com was the first to report news of Pickett’s decision.

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