Flipping Out: Breaking Down the Potential Additions of Garwey Dual and Drew Fielder to Georgetown
All eyes are on the two Providence de-commits and high school teammates after both took a visit to Georgetown and Ed Cooley this past weekend.
When Ed Cooley officially made his move to Georgetown, Garwey Dual and Drew Fielder were two names that immediately jumped out as prime candidates for Cooley to flip from Providence to Georgetown.
Dual, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Houston, Texas, currently plays at Southern California Academy. Before that, he went to high school in suburban Indianapolis, at Carmel High School. He is ranked #83 overall in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports.
Fielder, a teammate of Dual’s at Southern California Academy, is a 6-foot-10 forward, originally from Boise, Idaho. He is ranked #114 overall by 247Sports, and is a 4-star recruit like Dual.
Even before Cooley accepted Georgetown’s offer, rumors had been circulating that Dual would follow Cooley if he did make the jump to the Hilltop. Momentum for Georgetown with both recruits has only increased after both prospects took a visit to the Hilltop this past weekend, and the assumption among many in AAU circles is that Dual and Fielder to Georgetown is nearing the finish line.
With Georgetown well-positioned for both players, here’s a look at what Georgetown could be getting with each player.
At 6-foot-5, Dual is known as a long, rangy guard who has a high ceiling defensively and a developing offensive game that is centered around an ability to get into the lane and collapse a defense. Dual, who has said in previous interviews that he considers himself a point guard, can finish with both his left and right hand, and also enjoys being a facilitator to his teammates too.
Dual’s outside shot is still developing, and will need to be further refined to unlock his potential at the next level.
Dual loves to get his defender’s momentum going one way with a hesi dribble, and then cross over left to right to explode by his man. He is deceptively quick and uses that ability to his advantage when driving to the hoop. At his size and length, Dual has the ability to finish through and over defenders at the rim. As his body matures, he could really become a dynamic downhill force with the ball in his hands.
Dual is known as one of the best two-way guards in the Class of 2023, and it’s not hard to see why. His long arms make him a threat to block any shot, and allow him to clog up passing lanes and steal the ball from his opponents.
Dual’s ceiling will ultimately depend on his offensive growth, but defensively his floor is very high. He can guard the 1-3 positions on the floor easily with his size and quickness.
For Dual to reach his ceiling, he will need to develop a dependable perimeter jumpshot. Thankfully, based on his tape from junior to senior year, he already appears to be making improvements to his shot, and is even beginning to showcase a midrange jumper these days.
Without a three-point shot that opponents have to respect, defenses will clog the lane when Dual has the ball in hands. If he can get that part of his game down, Dual profiles as a lead guard-type who can lead an offense for a high major program.
Dual has said in the past in other interviews that he enjoys passing more than scoring. While his future as a point guard is somewhat cloudy (he may be better in a combo guard role), passes like these show that he does have promise as a facilitator on offense.
Fielder, a Boise, Idaho native, is a perfect fit for the modern college game at the 4 or 5 position. At 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, Fielder can stretch out to the perimeter as a stretch 4 or 5, and has the outside shot to excel at either position. As his body fills out further, Fielder’s versatility and physical play can make him a major mismatch for opponents to deal with in the coming years.
Fielder is a four-star because of his shooting ability. He can hit a 15-foot midrange jumper or step out behind the arc and knock down a three with ease. If he can add more of a face-up game to his arsenal, Fielder can become a go-to scoring option for Georgetown, somewhat similar to a Zach Freemantle for Xavier or even a Sandro Mamukelashvili for Seton Hall.
For a high schooler, Fielder’s shot form is really clean and effortless.
Fielder doesn’t have a ton of bulk on his frame, but that doesn’t mean he can’t post up and back his man down to get the hole. What makes him so versatile is his ability to play inside or out, depending on the matchup he has.
Strong on the Glass
Fielder is a physical player. He isn’t afraid to muck it up down low to keep possessions alive for his team.
Does that guard in the above clip look familiar? Hoya fans could get used to seeing Dual-Fielder pick-and-pops for years to come.
Running the Floor
Fielder’s effort isn’t just noticeable on the glass. He is also really consistent about running the floor in transition and providing an outlet for his teammates.
The one mark against Fielder is an early injury history. Fielder missed six months last year due to a back injury, and also mentioned in this article that during that same time period he also had to spend time getting his “knees right”. A back injury and potential knee issues for any high school basketball player is cause for concern, but especially for a 6-foot-10 player, so you hope that Fielder can stay healthy and continue to develop in college without interruption due to injury.
Please keep up the good work. I saw a memo from the NCAA on Friday that said if you transfer the second time you have to sit out a year but never heard it during the tournament broadcast all weekend? Thoughts? so if u transfer once that’s ok but the second time u sit out a year but don’t lose that year as eligibility.
Great write up. Any word on Marvel Allen?