THE WASHINGTON TIMES
George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu was suspended for the first three games of the season by the school in relation to NCAA rules violations.
A release from GW did not specify the exact violations, only that it “is due to certain activities and miscommunications that occurred last spring surrounding the 2005 NBA Draft and tryout process that resulted in inadvertent violations.”
The 6-foot-9 senior declared for the draft before deciding to return to GW. Mensah-Bonsu missed last night’s season opener against Kennesaw State and will be out for Saturday’s contest with Norfolk State and Nov. 30 against St. Francis (Pa.). Mensah-Bonsu sat on the bench during warmups last night and will continue to practice with the team.
“We are all glad to have this situation behind us as we begin this season,” Colonials coach Karl Hobbs said. “While it is unfortunate that Pops will miss a few early games, we are excited about him fulfilling his quest of becoming an All-American and player of the year candidate.”
The suspension was imposed by GW, which worked with the NCAA as it looked into the situation.
Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Colonials last season. The London native did play in the Colonials’ preseason game because of a sprained ankle. The preseason All-Atlantic 10 selection will become eligible to play Dec. 2 against Boston University.
— Jon Siegel