Georgetown freshman Ayegba to miss 1st 9 games

Georgetown freshman center Moses Ayegba has been ruled

ineligible for the men’s basketball team’s first nine games by the

NCAA for violating pre-enrollment rules.

Coach John Thompson III said Friday in a statement that someone

who was not a member of Ayegba’s immediate family paid for a ticket

to bring the player from his home in Nigeria to the United States.

Thompson said that happened ”before we began recruiting Moses,

before he enrolled in high school here.”

Thompson said Georgetown is ”disappointed that the NCAA

rejected our appeal of this ruling.”

Georgetown is ranked 20th in The Associated Press Top 25. The

Hoyas start their season at Old Dominion on Friday night.