Georgetown's Greg Whittington ruled academically ineligible

Georgetown forward Greg Whittington was suddenly suspended prior to last weekend’s game against St. John’s, and it was then announced he would also miss Wednesday’s contest against Providence due to a violation of team rules.

Greg Whittington was Georgetown's second-leading scorer and rebounder so far this season(US Presswire)

Now we know the real reason: Whittington has been declared academically ineligible and is out indefinitely.

“Greg will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility issue,” the school said in a statement.

Whittington, a 6-foot-8 forward from Columbia, Md., had been averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds this season. His improvement from last season had been a primary reason Georgetown was off to an 11-3 start. Whittington was also starting to hit his stride again after a December slump; prior to last week’s loss to Pittsburgh, Whittington had averaged 17 points and 7.7 rebounds in his previous three games.

Georgetown is only 1-2 in the Big East, losing a close one to Marquette before getting steamrolled by Pittsburgh and then beating St. John’s on the road. The Hoyas have been solid on the defensive end, but the offense has been inconsistent and simply not potent enough. Without Whittington’s scoring punch, Georgetown will need far more production from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Jabril Trawick on the perimeter. Smith-Rivera has the potential to be a guy who can score, and Trawick is really good at attacking the basket.

The loss of Whittington will be felt on the defensive end, as well, where his length and athleticism was a huge boost for the Hoyas. When they went to their 2-3 zone, he created many problems for opposing perimeter players.

Georgetown hosts Providence on Wednesday night. 

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