The Georgetown Hoyas are potentially looking at a season without a single junior on the team after head coach John Thompson III announced forward Jerrelle Benimon would be transferring yesterday. Benimon follows in the footsteps of classmates Vee Sanford, who decided to transfer last month, and Hollis Thompson, who declared for the NBA draft two weeks ago.
Benimon, a local product from Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va., appeared in all 32 games for the Hoyas this season, averaging 10.3 minutes. The sophomore posted averages of 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
“Jerrelle is transferring and although he has not announced where he will go, wherever it is, we wish him all of the best,” Coach Thompson said in a statement.
Benimon marks the sixth transfer from Georgetown since the end of the 2008 season. This spring’s sophomore exodus is somewhat reminiscent of the Class of 2010, which saw Jeremiah Rivers and Vernon Macklin transfer in 2008 and lost DaJuan Summers to the draft in 2009. Their exits left Georgetown without a senior on the roster for the 2009-2010 season.
All eyes now turn to Hollis Thompson, who has until May 8 to withdraw his name from the draft and return to school. With Thompson scheduled to participate in the NBA draft combine on Saturday, don’t expect a decision until the last minute, but for what it’s worth, some “NBA decision-makers” reportedly expect him to return to school.