Breaking: Joshua Smith is out rest of the season due to academics

10829171425_b836c4c464Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III announced today that junior center Joshua Smith will be academically ineligible to play for the remainder of this season.

“It’s Georgetown. We have a set of standards here and everyone has a responsibility, above and beyond what goes on (on the court),” said Thompson during the team’s media availability Friday. “He has let his teammates down but the rest of the group will try to regroup here and figure it out.”

Smith has not played since January 8 against Providence, the first game after the beginning of the second semester. Prior to his suspension, Smith averaged 11.5 points per game for a Hoya team that only had two other players, senior guard Markel Starks and sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, averaging double digit scoring. This situation closely reflects that of Greg Whittington, who missed the second half of last season for academic reasons as well.

Smith entered this season with high expectations after transferring from UCLA. In the season-opener against Oregon, Smith scored 25 points and seemed poised to follow in the tradition of other Georgetown frontcourt greats. But for now, those aspirations appear to be on hold.

“It’s disappointing, to be honest with you, a lot… was geared towards his presence,” said Thompson. “Now, here in the middle of the season… you have to reshuffle everything.

Thompson did state, however, that Smith will continue to practice with the team and that he plans on having him return to play next season. Without Smith’s return out of the question, the Hoyas’ depth and scoring problems will persist, as junior guard Jabril Trawick remains out indefinitely due to a broken jaw.

The ailing Blue and Gray will next play on Saturday night against white-hot Creighton at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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