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Georgetown announces James Akinjo, Josh LeBlanc will no longer play for Hoyas

Josh LeBlanc, shown last month against Duke, will no longer play for Georgetown.
Josh LeBlanc, shown last month against Duke, will no longer play for Georgetown. (Kathy Willens/AP)
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The Georgetown men’s basketball team announced Monday night that starting point guard James Akinjo and reserve forward Josh LeBlanc will no longer play for the Hoyas.

While the team did not specify the reasons for either departure in its announcement, a temporary restraining order was granted in D.C. Superior Court against ­LeBlanc and teammate Galen ­Alexander on Nov. 20 after two people with addresses close to Georgetown University filed complaints last month against ­LeBlanc, Alexander and another member of the team. The complaints included allegations of burglary, sexual harassment and assault, though the players’ alleged involvement in each matter remains unclear. ­Akinjo was not named in either complaint.

The first complaint, filed Nov. 5, alleges LeBlanc committed burglary Sept. 16, then threatened bodily harm against the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s roommate. The roommate filed a separate complaint Nov. 12 alleging Myron Gardner, a freshman on the team, sexually harassed and assaulted her Sept. 15, the day before the alleged burglary. The second complaint also names LeBlanc and Alexander, a junior on the team.

“Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate . . . he continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week,” the Nov. 5 complaint states. “Joshua has also committed violence against women in the past.”

Gardner and Alexander were still listed as members of the team on the program’s official website Monday.

When reached by telephone Monday night and told of the details of the second complaint, Gardner said, “I don’t know who you’re getting that from, but I’ve never done those things in my life.”

LeBlanc, also reached by telephone Monday night, declined to comment.

“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously,” a university spokesperson said in a statement. “While we are not able to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of our student code that are fair to both parties. We encourage any student who has a concern to be in contact with the Georgetown University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct.”

The Georgetown University ­Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patrick Ewing, Georgetown’s third-year coach, also declined to comment beyond the statement published on the program’s website stating that Akinjo and ­LeBlanc will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season.

“James Akinjo and Josh ­LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” Ewing’s statement read.

LeBlanc and Akinjo arrived at Georgetown last year as part of a highly anticipated freshman class that would become the cornerstone of Ewing’s young program. Akinjo, LeBlanc and classmate Mac McClung earned spots on the Big East all-freshman team in March after impressive debut ­seasons.

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Both sophomores were important for their contributions on the court this season, but Akinjo was particularly vital. Last year’s Big East freshman of the year, Akinjo had started all seven games this season, led the team with 30.7 minutes per game and was its second-leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points. LeBlanc averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.2 minutes off the bench.

Both players — a headstrong but capable scoring guard from Oakland, Calif., and a high-energy forward from Baton Rouge — came to Georgetown in large part because of close connections they had forged with Ewing. Their arrival on the Hoyas’ roster bolstered faith in Ewing’s recruiting talent and gave hope to a fan base that hasn’t seen its team make the NCAA tournament since 2015.

But this season began with a pair of conspicuous absences by LeBlanc. The sophomore was not one of the five players the team brought to media day — all of the other returning starters were present — and he didn’t play in the Nov. 6 season opener for an undisclosed reason.

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