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Tech temporarily suspends two after self-reporting basketball violations

Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 25, 2017. Okogie and teammate Tadric Jackson will be withheld from regular-season competition pending resolution of violations that the school self-reported.
Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 25, 2017. Okogie and teammate Tadric Jackson will be withheld from regular-season competition pending resolution of violations that the school self-reported. AP

Georgia Tech lost two of its most experienced basketball players for an undetermined number of games due to violation of NCAA rules.

The school self-reported that sophomore Josh Okogie from Snellville and senior Tadric Jackson from Tifton accepted apparel, meals and transportation from an individual unaffiliated with the school. Okogie, the team’s leading scorer last season and member of the All-ACC Freshman team, accepted less than $750 and Jackson accepted less than $525.

The players received the benefits between November 2016 and May 2017. Coach Josh Pastner became aware of the violations and reported them on Oct. 2. The school compliance office determined violations had occurred and declared the players ineligible.

Georgia Tech is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA.

The two will be withheld from regular-season competition pending resolution of the matter. Neither player will be allowed to make the trip to China for the season opener on Nov. 10 against UCLA.

“Nothing is more important to me than having an atmosphere of compliance,” Pastner said. “This isolated situation can and will be a learning opportunity for our entire program. We’re moving ahead and looking forward to having Tadric and Josh back in game action early this season.”

Okogie averaged 16.1 points last season; he suffered a dislocated index finger on his left hand during last week’s scrimmage and was already out. Jackson was the team’s third-leading scorer and averaged 12.1 points as a junior.

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