A Georgetown basketball team that seemed on the uptick under third-year coach Patrick Ewing is now engulfed in turbulence amid allegations of assault, burglary and harassment and the news that two players will transfer.
The school announced Monday that 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard James Akinjo and 6-7 sophomore guard Josh LeBlanc will “will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season.” Multiple reports indicated both players will transfer. Akinjo did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment, but one source close to him said Akinjo is considering several schools, including Gonzaga.
Akinjo, who initially committed to UConn before obtaining his release, appeared in seven games this season, averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. He is the Hoyas’ second-leading scorer.
LeBlanc, the team’s fifth-leading scorer, averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Both players names have been removed from the team roster.
Meanwhile, court documents initially obtained by NBCSports.com and later by me show that temporary restraining orders were filed on Nov. 5 by at least two accusers against LeBlanc, junior forward Galen Alexander and freshman forward Myron Gardner. Akinjo was not mentioned in any of the court documents.
One of the accusers expressed fear for her safety and said LeBlanc had a history of “violence against women.”
“In response to an alleged burglary that I believe Joshua LeBlanc committed against me on September 16, 2019, Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate,” the accuser said in a statement. “He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week. Joshua has also committed violence against women in the past.”
LeBlanc, Gardner and Alexander did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Georgetown issued the following statement on the situation: “Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they will be investigated thoroughly. While we are not about to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of our student code that are fair to both parties.”
The Big East Conference had no immediate comment, a league spokesman said.
The Hoyas are 4-3 and next visit Oklahoma State on Wednesday in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN.