William and Mary men's basketball team loses another returning starter to transfer

Expected to be one of William and Mary’s top offensive weapons next season, Greg Malinowski instead became the second returning starter in the last three months to transfer.

Malinowski, a 6-foot-6 wing, has decided to play his senior season at Georgetown. On his Instagram page Tuesday, he posted of picture of the Hoyas’ practice facility and wrote “It’s official. #HoyaSaxa.”

Neither W&M nor Georgetown had issued an official release as of Wednesday. Tribe coach Tony Shaver would only confirm that Malinowski will not be back with the team and said he couldn’t comment beyond that.

The web site CasualHoya.com also reported Malinowski is headed for Georgetown.

Malinowski will have to sit out the 2017-18 year as a transfer and will have one season of eligibility for the Hoyas and first-year coach Patrick Ewing.

Malinowski averaged 7.7 points per game last season and was second on the team with 52 3-pointers. He shot 40 percent from the arc and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Malinowski’s transfer is a serious blow to the Tribe, which had already lost its top two scorers — guard Daniel Dixon and wing Omar Prewitt — to graduation. Then, shortly after the season ended, 6-9 center Jack Whitman informed Shaver he was transferring. He later chose Kansas.

With Malinowski gone, the Tribe has lost four players who started a combined 105 games last season. That’s also four of W&M’s top five scorers.

Point guard David Cohn will be the only returning player who has started more than nine games in his career. Counting two incoming freshmen who signed in November, both guards, the Tribe currently has nine scholarship players on the roster.

Georgetown is coming off two consecutive losing seasons, which ended up costing head coach John Thompson III his job. Last year’s 14-18 finish was the program’s worst since going 3-23 in 1971-72.

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