GW freshman to miss 11 games for possible violations

Updated: October 27, 2006, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- George Washington freshman forward Hermann Opoku will be held out of the first 11 games of the season because of possible NCAA violations.

He will practice with the team and be available to play Jan. 3 against Fordham.

Colonials coach Karl Hobbs said Friday that the decision was made in consultation with the NCAA after discovering that Opoku might have unintentionally broken NCAA rules several years ago while playing with a club team in his native Austria.

"These kids don't know what NCAA rules are when they're 16 years old and playing club ball. They're not even thinking about playing in college," Hobbs said.

School officials said the move will ensure that Opoku will be an active member of the GW program for the rest of his college career.

Opoku played one season at South Kent School in South Kent, Conn.

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