John Thompson III, coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, has anounced that the team has dismissed forward Greg Whittington. According to ESPN,
The versatile forward has battled injuries and academic concerns in the past year. He averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 13 games last season before missing the remainder of the season after being suspended for academic deficiencies.
Whittington was ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL suffered this past summer, but it was still unclear whether he would have been able to return to the court for the Hoyas this season. If he did return, it would have been late in Big East play.
Georgetown has been struggling early this season, but they are looking to make their usual turn around and build a team that is meant for deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoyas are 3-2 this season and are led by the backcourt of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (19 ppg) and Markel Starks (16.4 ppg). Georgetown also got a lift when UCLA transfer Josh Smith was cleared by the NCAA to play this entire season. The 6-foot-8 big man is averaging 14 points per contest through the first five games.
There is no news yet on Whittington’s next decision, whether to stay at Georgetown, or transfer/leave for NBA.