Domingo leaves St. Ignatius early for Georgetown University 

click to enlarge A head start: St. Ignatius’ Stephen Domingo, left, has packed his bags after his junior year and left for the nation’s capital to enroll at Georgetown University. - AJ CANARIA/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • A head start: St. Ignatius’ Stephen Domingo, left, has packed his bags after his junior year and left for the nation’s capital to enroll at Georgetown University.

Stephen Domingo’s exit from St. Ignatius has been rumored for at least a year and the San Francisco native made it official Tuesday when his parents told the school’s administration that he would be enrolling early at Georgetown University, where he committed to play in May.

Originally reported by PremierBall.com and confirmed by St. Ignatius boys’ basketball coach Tim Reardon, Domingo, who just completed his junior year, is already in Washington, D.C.

“From what I understand, he’s going to Georgetown next year and playing for Georgetown next year,” Reardon said. “I don’t know how that works, considering he didn’t graduate from high school, but that’s what his mother told our principal.”

The issue of how he is able to enroll early at Georgetown without a diploma from St. Ignatius is still a mystery to the high school. On June 11, he even confirmed with the school the classes he intended on taking in the upcoming school year.

“We’re not exactly sure [how he is enrolling early] on our end,” said Carole Nickolai, the assistant principal for academics at St. Ignatius. “He hasn’t met the high school graduation requirements for St. Ignatius, but I don’t know if he has fulfilled others at a different institution or received other qualifications to enroll at Georgetown.”

Rumors of Domingo leaving were pervasive all season and ranged from his early enrollment at Georgetown to him joining a prep school like Finley Prep in Nevada or Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

He didn’t help the rumors when he made a noncommitting comment on the issue in May.

“Right now, I’m a student at SI and spring workouts are going great,” Domingo said in May. “I’m excited and looking forward to playing summer ball with my guys.”

Still, the decision caught the St. Ignatius athletic department by surprise.

“The news came as a surprise to us, as SI was not included in the family’s decision to enroll early at Georgetown, but we wish him the best of luck,” said St. Ignatius athletic director John Mulkerrins.

Domingo, a 6-foot-7 wing and three-year varsity player, led the Wildcats in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (five per game) in his junior season. He was named first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League in his junior season and was named second-team All-City by this publication.

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