George Washington's senior forward David Pellom has not been cleared to participate in basketball activities and will sit out the remainder of the 2012-13 season, the school announced on Wednesday.
This falls under the not surprising category as the springy 6-foot-8 Pellom missed the opening 20 games after undergoing left wrist surgery in July and a follow up procedure in November. The Colonials (10-10, 4-3 Atlantic 10) have only nine regular season games remaining followed by the conference tournament. Pellom has one year of eligibility remaining.
The North Carolina native ended his junior season with a hot shooting flourish, finishing with single-season school record 68.5 percent clip from the floor while generating five double-doubles in the final six games. Pellom averaged a career-high 10.4 points while leading the Colonials with 6.1 rebounds.
Missing that level of production combined with point guard Tony Taylor graduating figured to limit coach Mike Lonergan's offensive options this season. However a completely revamped lineup with four freshman and former Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood has proved both competent and intriguing, helping to put the Colonials into the regular season title chase. George Washington plays at Duquesne on Wednesday night.
Now the anchor on both ends of the court, the active Armwood is averaging 12.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Wide-bodied freshman center Kevin Larsen mans the other interior starting spot. With those two back next season, Pellom likely would come off the bench should he return for another season with the Foggy Bottom program.