By Jeremy Balan
Publicly, the Georgetown University athletic department is barely acknowledging Stephen Domingo’s existence, let alone him becoming a player on its basketball team.
When contacted via his cell phone on Tuesday, Domingo directed any interview requests to the Georgetown sports communications department.
Bill Shapland, Georgetown’s senior sports communications director, did not answer a phone call immediately after, but the school’s sports information director, Mike Carey (not to be confused with the former Sacred Heart Cathedral girls basketball coach), did.
According to Carey, Georgetown is bound by policy that does not allow the athletic department to comment on incoming recruits or allow freshmen to communicate with media before their first semester is complete.
When asked if he could confirm Domingo’s enrollment in the school, Carey repeated, “We do not comment on incoming recruits.”
Domingo then responded to a text, saying, “Sorry, I’m not allowed to talk to the media unless instructed by the communications department.”
The 6-foot-7 17-year-old, that last played for St. Ignatius as a junior in the 2011-2012 season, told the school on July 10, through his parents, that he would not be returning to the high school and would be enrolling early at Georgetown without a degree from St. Ignatius.
The comments above imply that Domingo is associated with the school in some way (likely as an incoming recruit for the basketball team and a prospective student), but do not confirm any association. Yet glaring questions remain as to how he is allowed to enroll without a high-school diploma. Neither Georgetown, with a circular denial of comment, or Domingo, by deferring to the school, is willing to answer or clarify those questions.