HJC's Wimbush ruled ineligible

November 23, 1996


Staff Writer

Hagerstown Junior College's original version of the "Fresh Five" has been reduced by 20 percent.

Bobby Wimbush, one of the crown jewels of basketball coach Jim Brown's all-freshman starting lineup, was ruled academically ineligible for the season Friday.

"Bobby Wimbush is ineligible to participate for a failure to fulfill his academic commitment according to our team rules," Brown said in his official statement.

HJC has yet to complete its fall semester. Brown said that Wimbush had been missing classes, which goes against the rules set by HJC's athletic department. Wimbush joins Damian Johnson on HJC's ineligible list.


The loss of Wimbush is a serious blow to the inexperienced Hawks (2-0), especially with HJC hosting CCAC-Pittsburgh tonight at 8 before traveling to the three-day Pepsi Tournament, which begins Thursday in Ocala, Fla.

According to Brown, Wimbush, the 6-foot-6 center from Danville, Va., had "the capability to be as good or better than anyone who's been here with his super mobility and good inside moves."

Freshman Chris Jones will replace Wimbush in the starting lineup. Jones, a 6-6 forward from Charles Town, W.Va., is HJC's leading rebounder through three games.

"You could have considered Chris Jones one of our starters all along," Brown said. "He was getting all the playing time he could handle coming off the bench. He gave us some nice chemistry off the bench because he would come in and dominate people."

The move weakens HJC's bench. The Hawks will try to hold on until January, when 6-7 Guy Butler is scheduled to return from a stress fracture injury.

Former St. Maria Goretti star Rodney Monroe, who played for the Atlanta Hawks, will be the special guest at HJC's Youth Night.

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