Mystery solved: Greg Whittington's current suspension is due to the Georgetown's sophomore having been declared academically ineligible, the school announced on Wednesday.
“Greg will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility issue,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said in a statement released by the program shortly before the Hoyas host Providence.
In the statement, Georgetown said it will not provide any further information due to federal regulations concerning student privacy issues. Whittington (Oakland Mills) previously sat out Saturday's win at St. John's.
The Columbia, Md. native ranks behind only Otto Porter on the Hoyas in both scoring (12.1) and rebounding (7.0), and is also second on the team in 3-point field goals (17). Perhaps the area most impacted by the lengthy 6-foot-8 forward's absence will be on defense. With Whittington able to defend inside and along the 3-point arc, Georgetown rates ninth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 55.4 points per game.
The Hoyas (11-3, 1-2 Big East) more than survived their first game without Whittington, hammering St. John's 67-51. Guard Jabril Trawick replaced Whittington in the starting lineup against the Red Storm and will do so again versus the Friars (9-7, 1-3). Without one of their key pieces, Thompson found success going deeper into his bench than previously this season, Porter responded with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and the Hoyas controlled the game with an up-tempo pace.