By Bobby Bancroft

WASHINGTON — Before hosting Providence College on Wednesday in a Big East game, the Georgetown Athletics Department released a statement declaring sophomore forward Greg Whittington academically ineligible.

Whittington is the second leading scorer for the  Hoyas (11-3, 1-2), averaging 12.1 points per game, and is the second leading rebounder with seven rebounds per game.  He had started the first 13 game of the season as Georgetown climbed to as high as No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 before exiting this past week.

“Greg will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility issue,” Coach John Thompson III said.

In Georgetown’s 75-61 win over St. John’s on Saturday, sophomore guard Jabril Trawick took Whittington’s spot in the starting lineup.

Trawick, who previously started for Otto Porter Jr earlier in the season, scored four points and collected three rebounds against the Red Storm.

In his first season as a full-time starter, Whittington has had a breakout campaign.

Whittington has recorded three double-doubles this season and set a career high in points against Western Carolina with 25 and rebounds against Duquesne (13) in the non conference portion of the schedule.

Whittington was the Washington Post All-Met Player of the year in 2011 (Oakland Mills HS).

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