Hoyas' Freeman has diabetes

Updated: March 4, 2010, 5:40 PM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Georgetown's leading scorer Austin Freeman has been diagnosed with diabetes, leaving his status uncertain for the team's upcoming games.

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Mark Goldman/Icon SMIAustin Freeman's long-term playing career shouldn't be affected by his diabetes but his immediate future is in doubt.

The 20-year-old Freeman returned to practice Wednesday and Thursday after missing Monday night's loss to West Virginia. He was also limited in Saturday's loss to Notre Dame.

"I felt good," he told The Washington Post after Wednesday's practice. "It felt real good out there to be back on the floor and playing with my team."

Originally thought to have a stomach virus, Freeman learned he had diabetes when he went to the hospital Monday night.

"It's just something I'm going to have to deal with," Freeman told the Post. "It's going to be a certain change in my diet and my life. But I know I can deal with it. I'll be fine."

Coach John Thompson III said Thursday he is "100 percent" certain Freeman will play again this season, but the coach wouldn't say whether the junior guard will be available for Saturday's regular-season finale against Cincinnati. The Hoyas (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) will then play in next week's Big East tournament.

"It may be Saturday," Thompson said. "I don't know what the timeframe is going to take for us to learn how to monitor and work with him. But we will get to that point, and with all the experts and support we have, I don't anticipate it being long."

As a precaution, a doctor from the university's hospital will attend all of Freeman's practices and games for the rest of the season.

"It just has to come to the point where I have to be honest with myself," Freeman said. "If I'm not feeling well, make sure I tell coach or [the trainer] or the doctor that I'm not feeling well, or even my teammates if nobody's around."

Freeman is averaging 17 points per game for the Hoyas, who have lost four of their last five.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.