Princeton junior Spencer Gloger became the second Ivy League basketball player to be declared academically ineligible this season, Princeton University announced last Thursday.
Gloger was fourth in Ivy League scoring this season, averaging 14.9 ppg. He trailed Brown’s Earl Hunt, Harvard’s Patrick Harvey, and Penn’s Ugonna Onyekwe. Harvey withdrew from Harvard University earlier in the month following academic difficulties of his own.
“Spencer has been declared academically ineligible,” said Princeton coach John Thompson III in a statement released by the Princeton Athletic Department last week. “I’m extremely disappointed for Spencer, but we will move on.”
Gloger, a Santa Margarita, Ca. native, originally chose Princeton over UCLA. He transferred to UCLA following his freshman season in 2000. However, while sitting out the requisite year at UCLA, Gloger decided to transfer back to Princeton, and thus sat out the 2001-02 season as well. In his return this season, he was averaging a team-high 5.4 rebounds to go along with his 14.9 points in 20 games. He had a .437 field goal percentage.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to help my teammates for the rest of this season,” Gloger said in the statement. “I’ll be pulling for them.”
The senior missed what would have been his final game of the season when the Tigers hosted Yale Feb. 15 after suffering an ankle injury the night before. Ray Robins has replaced Gloger in the starting lineup. Robins was named Ivy League Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points in Princeton’s wins over Dartmouth and Harvard this past weekend.
Unlike Harvey, whose eligibility has expired, Gloger will be eligible to play next season. He may re-enroll at Princeton for the Spring 2004 semester.
In a 67-49 win over Cornell Feb. 8 at Newman Arena, Gloger scored 11 points with six rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes.
The Red (7-15, 3-7 Ivy) will visit Princeton (11-9, 7-2) on March 7.
Archived article by Owen Bochner