Georgetown center to miss the first four games of 2016-17, per NCAA

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The good news for Georgetown is that they get center Bradley Hayes, one of the most improved players in the Big East last season, back for a final year of eligibility.

The bad news is that it comes at a cost: four games.

“I don’t know if I would call it an agreement, but that’s what the NCAA told us,” head coach John Thompson III told reporters at Georgetown’s media day. Hayes barely played as a freshman with the Hoyas – 13 total minutes in nine games – and spent much of the year trying to deal with the death of his father, so the NCAA did the right thing and gave him another year.

Hayes was a bit player for the Hoyas before bursting onto the scene last season. He finished the year with averages of 8.7 points and 6.7 boards, but his numbers took a dip late in the year as he battled injury. The Hoyas were winless as Hayes at out the final six games of the regular season.