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Georgetown lost its local recruiting grip. Can John Thompson III get it back?

Georgetown coach John Thompson III has not won a Big East regular-season title since 2013. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

John Thompson III’s first several years in charge at Georgetown were impressive, going to the NCAA tournament in seven out of nine years, including a top-three seed in five of those seven tournaments. There was also the Final Four run in 2007 to overshadow some of the March early exits, too.

There were some top-15 recruiting classes mixed in, but more than anything, Thompson was doing a great job of keeping top players from the Washington D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area home. From 2007 (when ESPN’s recruiting database started) to 2011, Georgetown reeled in six players from Maryland, one from D.C. and two from Virginia. In that span, the Hoyas went 112-52 overall and went to two NCAA tournaments.

In the five recruiting classes since then, 2012-2016, the Hoyas landed one player from D.C., two from Virginia and one from a junior college in Maryland. They are 90-51 in that span, going to two tournaments and sitting at 14-15 this season.

What have been the biggest factors in Georgetown’s inability to keep the best players home in recent years?