Prep basketball star Barry Scott, who signed a letter of intent with Georgetown University in May, has decided he will not play for the Hoyas this fall but will, instead, enroll in a junior college, according to Hoya Coach John Thompson.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward led Baltimore's Dunbar High to an undefeated season and the city championship last season. He averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds a game in high school, with his team rolling up a 46-1 record in his last two seasons.
"I talked to Wade (Bob) Wade, Scott's high school coach, and he said there were some things Barry wanted to find out about himself," Thompson said.
Thompson speculated that Scott might have been nervous about coming to Georgetown after learning that two-year starter Al Dutch, who missed last season, is returning to the team and would probably compete with Scott for a starting forward position.
"I think it was fortunate we found it out before he came to school," Thompson said. "We haven't built a program on people who don't want to be here."
Thompson also said that if Scott changed his mind soon and decided to attend a four-year school, even in Georgetown's conference, he would release Scott from the letter of intent so that he could sign with another school.
"That's no problem with me at all," Thompson added.
Scott's decision to go to a junior college came to light when Georgetown's preseason prospectus was issued and Scott was not listed among the newcomers. Thompson said Scott told him about a month ago. Scott could not be reached for comment.