Two of the most talented players returning for Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team, sophomores Melvin Whitaker and Terrence Wilson, were dismissed from school, the college announced yesterday.
The dismissals came three weeks after Mount St. Mary's spring semester ended on May 12. Wilson and Whitaker went in front of the school's academic review committee, which made its decision late last week.
The pair can take summer classes at other colleges with the chance to gain readmission to the school.
It is another setback for Whitaker, a 6-foot-10 center and former high school All-American who originally signed to play at the University of Virginia. His college career was postponed by a 2 1/2 -year prison stint when he was convicted of malicious wounding for his involvement in a slashing incident with a Virginia football player.
After helping the Mount to an NCAA appearance in his freshman season - averaging 11 points, 6.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks - Whitaker sat out all of last season because of a broken ankle suffered during practices.
Wilson, a 6-8 forward, was another key player in the Mount's 1999 run to the NCAAs, averaging nearly 30 minutes per game. Last season, he also suffered an early season ankle injury, but was the team's second-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game and third-leading rebounder with an average of 4.9.