Sophomore guard Antoine Stoudamire has left the Georgetown University basketball team, the school announced yesterday. In a prepared statement, Hoyas Coach John Thompson said Stoudamire was suffering from "emotional strain" stemming from recent family problems and a preseason illness that slowed his development this year.

Thompson said he advised Stoudamire to transfer to a school closer to his family's home in Portland, Ore., but that he also was welcome to remain on scholarship at Georgetown. However, Thompson said, "Basketball at Georgetown is out of the picture for now."

"The stress of making up for time lost during his illness and some personal family matters were becoming an emotional strain on the young man, so I decided it was in his best interests to put basketball aside," Thompson said in the statement.

"We have to be sensible about the priorities we establish and I just think it's prudent to recognize that the young man's emotional and psychological well-being are more important than playing basketball."

Stoudamire was not available to comment last night, and it is unclear what he will do.

He was averaging 2.0 points per game this season after a freshman year in which he played in 29 games and averaged 3.1 points. He seemed likely to become part of Thompson's regular playing rotation until he missed a month of the preseason with strep throat and a virus.

It wasn't until Saturday's 71-60 loss to Ohio State -- a game in which Stoudamire played 15 minutes and had six points -- that he seemed close to regaining his form of a year ago.