Lee Scruggs, one of the top junior college centers in the country last season, will not join the Georgetown men's basketball team until after the first semester so he can complete academic eligibility requirements.

Scruggs signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Hoyas this season but has not received his associates degree from Daytona (Fla.) Community College. Junior college players must graduate before they are eligible to receive Division I scholarships.

Scruggs is expected to finish his junior college coursework by mid-December, which means he would miss about 10 games at the start of the season. Georgetown opens its season at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii during Thanksgiving.

Hoyas Coach Craig Esherick declined to comment until Scruggs finishes his requirements, an athletic department spokesman said.

Scruggs is among six players in a solid recruiting class for the 1999-2000 season. The other five expected to be on the Hoyas' roster at the start of the season are Victor Samnick, a 6-foot-8 forward from Newport School in Kensington; Wesley Wilson, a 6-10 center from Vallejo, Calif.; Demetrius Hunter, a 6-1 guard from Las Vegas; Courtland Freeman, a 6-9 forward from Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Jason Burns, a 6-4 guard from Las Vegas.