When it comes to Syracuse Orange men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim, there is no artifice. Boeheim isn’t afraid to tell you what he actually thinks.
Such was the case again on Saturday. Following Syracuse’s loss to Georgetown, Boeheim suggested that the Hoyas are a better team without its former starting point guard, James Akinjo.
“They got rid of a guy that wouldn’t pass the ball to anybody and just shot it every time and that’s why they’re good now,” Boeheim said post-game.
Akinjo is one of four players who have left the Georgetown basketball team in the month of December. Two GU players were named in a report which included allegations of burglary and threats of assault and three were named in another report which included allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Akinjo was not named in either of those two reports, but left the team on Dec. 2.
Boeheim went on to say that two of the players Patrick Ewing lost weren’t contributing much, but the remaining seven Georgetown players are good.
“They’ve got seven guys that are as good as anybody’s,” Boeheim said. “Two guys weren’t really contributing at all and that other guy was throwing the ball up all the time. I know Patrick [Ewing] can’t say that but I can. I watched him play three games. He lost two games for them by himself.”
Georgetown is 6-3 with losses to Penn State, Duke and UNC Greensboro.
Akinjo was averaging 13.3 points and 4.2 assists per game, shooting 33.7 percent from the floor and averaging 2.3 turnovers per contest.