Georgetown Hoyas lose three men's basketball players to transfer portal

WASHINGTON -- Three Georgetown players -- Timothy Ighoefe, Tyler Beard and Jalin Billingsley -- entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday, the latest in a series of members of coach Patrick Ewing's team to leave the Hoyas.

Ighoefe is a 7-foot junior center who averaged 2.6 points and 4.1 rebounds across 60 games at Georgetown, including 21 starts.

Beard is a 6-2 freshman guard who made two starts in 30 total appearances, averaging 3 points, 1.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

Billingsley is a 6-8 freshman forward who put up 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game while appearing in 30.

Georgetown ended the season on a school-record 21-game losing streak, finishing 6-25 overall and going 0-19 in Big East regular-season play plus a first-round loss in the conference tournament. That is the worst record in league history.

The trio entering the portal joins a string of Ewing's players who have transferred to other schools, including Mac McClung, James Akinjo and Qudus Wahab.

In 2019, three players left the team after being accused of harassment by Georgetown students.

Ewing, who has led the Hoyas to just one season above .500 during his five in the job, received a public show of support on March 2 from athletic director Lee Reed, who acknowledged the "disappointment of a difficult season."

"In this ever evolving landscape of college athletics we are committed to Coach Ewing, and we are working with him to evaluate every aspect of the men's basketball program and to make the necessary changes for him to put us back on the path to success for next year," Reed said in the statement.

Last week, assistant coach Kevin Nickleberry joined Ewing's staff.