Shumpert puts in for NBA draft

While Brian Gregory was was being introduced as Georgia Tech’s new basketball coach, his best player, point guard Iman Shumpert, tweeted that he is going declare for the NBA draft. He later tweeted that he had made up his mind before meeting Gregory at 4 p.m. Monday.

However, he said he hasn’t hired an agent, which means he can remove his name from the eligibility list. Former Tech player Gani Lawal did the same thing after his sophomore season before he went pro after his junior year. Underclassmen have until April 24 to declare. However, the NBA and the player’s union are facing a collective bargaining situation that could threaten the 2011-12 season.

Shumpert, a second-team All-ACC player, averaged 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. He also made the conference’s defensive team.

Shumpert didn’t tell Gregory that he was going to put his name in for the draft. Gregory didn’t seem too aggravated afterward, saying that issue will be discussed between he and the team.

Shumpert tweeted the liked the new coach, “he’s a phirst class guy.”

He later tweeted, “I repeat…my decision was not a diss to th3 n3w coach people! Just all happened th3 same day”

During his press conference, Gregory said that he has a responsibility to help players who think they are ready to leave school early and play basketball professionally. He said the players who think they can are in a much better position than the players who need to leave school early.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

That’s not good news. I hope he will at least meet with Gregory and give the man a chance to change his mind. But it is what it is.

ManUp...

March 28th, 2011
6:07 pm

Sounds like with Coach Gregory if a player hasn’t kept the academics at #1 on his priority list, he’d better expect to declare for the draft. Wonder if Mr. Shumpert has done his schoolwork. I don’t know him, and I’d never speculate he’s anything less than a great student, but it wouldn’t be the first time a college athlete had put in for a pro draft due to the sudden realization they’d otherwise need to raise the grades. That aside, I hope he stays.

Go Jackets!

Julian Royal

March 28th, 2011
6:21 pm

I’m next.

Will the last one left turn off the light . . .

Turnt_UP!

March 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

We needed Shumpert to give CBG a chance at a decent start. Shump’s leadership, drive, and all around play will be sorely missed. But if it in the best interest of him and his family, then he has this alum’s support. THWG!

GT Letterman

March 28th, 2011
6:25 pm

Good guard play is a necessity to be competitive in the ACC, but is especially important entering a season without a home court.

It would be great to have him stay, but if he not hanging there with his Spring Semester classes, then he would not be playing anyway.

Ozzy

March 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

The new coach is going to have to change the culture of the program. Tech is near the bottom if not last in the ACC in APR for the men’s bball team. I was hoping Shumpert would stay, he should look at Gani Lawal’s experience in the NBA. Shumpert’s a little more ready than Lawal, but neither one of them will ever be an impact player in the NBA. He may make some money, but he won’t be a major factor in the league.

If Shumpert needs to go as part of the culture change, so be it. We were near last place with him, there’s only one way to go, with or without him. He was a major factor in the losses to Kennesaw, Charlotte, Sienna and Georgia. Hopefully Julian Royal will stick to his committment, we’ll see.

Brad

March 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

Man that chump sure can spell.

Iman

March 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

Imani, thanks for your contributions to Tech over the past coupe of years, your were a pretty good player on a bad “team”, led by a worse coach.

Enjoy your year in the “d” league, hope you know what you want to do after ball. Hopefully you Crittendon didn’t advise you.

ClosALT21

March 28th, 2011
6:32 pm

Ok Now This A Joke!!! I Wasn’t All That High On Hewitt… But Dang This Is What We Replacing Him With….. Come On This Due Can’t Handly The Grind Of ACC Basketball!!!! Well Get Ready For All Of Tech Recruit To Swing To UGA…. Tech Needs a Big Personality At The Head To Keep Some Of This Home Grown Products!!!! SMH!!!!

Buzzball

March 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

Not a good beginning. Underwhelmed to say the least.

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Royal solid

March 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

Royal is sticking with Tech, rumors are another big name recruit was not thrilled with Hewitt but loved Tech, is reconsidering.

Dacula Jacket

March 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

Give the guy a break. Let him coach a game first.

Royal

March 28th, 2011
6:42 pm

I can come to an ACC school and start right away? Okay!

Time to Buzz

March 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

closALT21..This is a damn good coach. If you are anyone don’t wish to play for GT so be it. But GT will win either way.
Royal will man up..he is class and he will be a winner at GT>

collegeballfan

March 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

Shumpert leaving is not the BIG loss that say Daniel Miller leaving would be. Tech has Brandon Reed, who transferred in, to play that position.

And remember, all players are going to be in a new system. All starting over. Shumpert may not want to start over for just one more season in college.

Losing Royal would hurt as Tech only has 3 big men on the roster as of today. Royal gives them the fourth big man inside.

And there is room for another player if Gregory can get him on board.
And if Shumpert goes, the chances of getting that player skyrockets.
We all know who he is.

Time to Buzz

March 28th, 2011
6:50 pm

Yes ..if he gets out of Tenn

welcome

March 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

Welcome to the “real world” Iman, where all the 30, 40 and 50 something married folk critique the hell out of everything anyone says b/c they aren’t getting any in bed and their kids wear them out. This is their only release.

5150 UOAD

March 28th, 2011
7:03 pm

Why would you tweet and use more letters than spelling the word correctly?
PHIRST
Why use a 3 when it is just as easy to use the E?

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

The shouldn’t be a surprise. I said 2 weeks ago this was an option. I don’t, however, appreciate the assumption the Iman has an academic issue. He has really hard since high school to stay qualified. I know that some of the negative reaction from the fan base has played into this decision. You people should support all the players AND coaches that dedicate their life to the Tech program.

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
7:05 pm

The shouldn’t be a surprise. I said 2 weeks ago this was an option. I don’t, however, appreciate the assumption the Iman has an academic issue. He has tried really hard since high school to stay qualified. I do know that some of the negative reaction from the fan base has played into this decision. You people should support all the players AND coaches that dedicate their life to the Tech program.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
7:09 pm

I read earlier, and Gregory confirmed it on his radio interview on 790 the Zone that Shumpert is indeed a good student. I hope that he will give Gregory a chance and not jump into the draft without sound advice. Gregory said in his interview that he supported Shump in whatever decision he makes and will be there to advise and help him in making that decision. THAT is the sound of a good coach.

No spin

March 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

This type of player is the reason the program has fallen. He never intended to stay and wasn’t recruited to do so. What’s the surprise? This isn’t news.

5150 UOAD

March 28th, 2011
7:13 pm

This type of player is what I don’t want to see at TECH anymore.
You come to TECH to play for 4 years, work to get a Degree, and learn/improve your game.
These Atl Celtics AAU gods that just use TECH for a quick shot at the NBA are not WANTED ANYMORE.
Iman thanks for your Great Play and for choosing TECH. I enjoyed watching you play. If you go, then Good Luck and Blessings. If you stay, then please work hard and keep improving.
PASS the GOOD WORD
1 and Dones are not welcome. Please add to that list TWO and Thru are not welcome either.
HEWITT FAN take your SPOILED BRATS and go the HELL AWAY.
No Atl CELTICS needed unles they want to STUDY, WORK HARD, and GRADUATE.

Tony S

March 28th, 2011
7:17 pm

Tony, Hewitt had to go, it wasn’t working. If it were Iman would be a first round pick. Iman shouldn’t let fans rule him, he needs to do what he feels is best.

Michael

March 28th, 2011
7:17 pm

Shumpert isn’t gone yet folks. He had to declare before a deadline hit and can still withdrawal from draft if he finds that he is a lower potential draft pick than he thinks (much less money). Like others have said, he has to perform well in Spring Semester to keep eligibility, but I will assume, as a student, he is doing that to keep his options open.

All that said, I think it might be best for Gregory to be able to pull in his own recruits early and often. I can ONLY hope he actually recruits a shooter or two and not streetball athletes. I also hope he coaches fundamentals a little better than Hewitt (picks, screens, posting up, etc). Dayton fans don’t seem impressed with his coaching, so that is worrisome, but since the bar is set so low thanks to Hewitt, even one pick will have me giddy with excitement! How sad is that?

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

5150, Is that really you or an imposter? You usually are more level headed than this. You know Iman has given every he has to the program and loves the Tech family.

ATL FAN

March 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

JacketLady

March 28th, 2011
7:25 pm

Congrats, Shumpert, you too can ride the bench and be out of the league in a couple along with your “bud” Crittendon, the one and done collage and the none and done NBA failure.

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
7:30 pm

Well I see how this is going so I’m done.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
7:32 pm

Tony, hold on, man. I haven’t trashed Shump. If he decides to go pro, I personally think it’s a mistake, but I don’t put him in the league with Favors and Lawal, as far as the one-and-done thing goes. I DO think Shump gave it his all this year, but I also think he needed and deserved better coaching than he got.

no brainer

March 28th, 2011
7:36 pm

shumpert can’t play for this new coach, who will impose at least some form of discipline, unlike hewitt who let the players run wild an do what they wanted.

Tech Man

March 28th, 2011
7:36 pm

He will go to the NBA. Everyone goes to the NBA. It’s so watered down now, not at all like when Larry Bird, Majic Johnson, and Michael Jordan were around. Heck, I don’t even watch the final game of the championship. The games are boring and take forever. If you can dribble the ball you can get into the league. Probably sit on the bench your entire career. Anyway, the NBA is a joke so go ahead Shumpert, do your thing. You probably weren’t cutting it in the class room anyway.

Mr. GT

March 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

Mark Price, While no exp. he would be able to recuit. All he would have needed to do was get good assistant coachews around him. All of the kids instate would stay. All of the kids Fathers in Georgia would know of Price and that would help with recruiting!

Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

Price played 25 years ago. Most of the kids in Georgia, or anywhere else for that matter, don’t have a clue who he is. Why would he be able to recruit them any better than anyone else? And how many kids do you know who actually care what or listen to what their fathers have to say?

blazer

March 28th, 2011
7:43 pm

HE IS NOT READY FOR THE NBA ANYWAY JUST LIKE LAWAL!!

Always a Jacket

March 28th, 2011
7:43 pm

Shumpert epitomizes the Hewitt recruit. Time to let the coach take control of the team again and get players with the right attitude.
Announcing today was low class.

GT Dad

March 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

Hope he stays around, but if he doesn’t want to be here, then so be it.

Come on Jacket fans. Let’s get behind Coach Gregory and the team and make some noise! Things may not be perfect and there may be more questions than answers, but if we are truly fans, we need to rally together.

Outside Observer

March 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

Shumpert was a lot of fun to watch. There is no doubt that he gave it his all every time he stepped on the court. I think he would be better served to stay in college one more year, and see what he can learn from Gregory. As a second round pick at best, coaches in the NBA won’t be willing to sit around and coach him up. He will go straight to the D-league and live a life of anonymity. It won’t be an easy road by any means. If he decides to forgo his senior year, I wish him the best. I don’t think it would be in his best interests but I can see why he would want to leave.

5150 UOAD

March 28th, 2011
7:47 pm

Tony Shumpert
March 28th, 2011
You people should support all the players AND coaches that dedicate their life to the Tech program.
IMO players that don’t complete their eligibility and/or degree didn’t DEDICATE their life to Tech. Now if in 20 years he comes back and finishes his Degree I will eat my words. He could be like Marco Coleman who is killing himself to get a degree with Georgia Institute of Technology scrolled across the top of it. Now Marco Coleman is a Life DEDICATING TECH MAN. Iman please do the same.

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
7:56 pm

5150, Point taken. But please don’t kill the kid because he has a kid to feed and the athletic stipend barely covers college costs. He is more dedicated to his family than his college, as I am sure you were.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

The key to that, Tony, and it is of course too late for Imam, but young guys need to learn to keep their pants zipped. They’re too young to be fathers.

5150 UOAD

March 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

Tony
Yes it is me. I do want IMAN to do what is best for him. I said I wish no ill will and only the best because he was so fun to watch. What I did say is we don’t want the future to be full of players that don’t plan from the start to play 4 years and try to graduate. From NOW, this day forward, Tech is not your fast E-Ticket ride to the NBA. You better plan to STUDY, LEARN, and do your DEAD LEVEL BEST to get a DEGREE. If that is not a player’s mindset from the start PLEASE go to UGA.
SORRY Tony that is where I am at today in THIS moment. The KIDS are not going to P.MP their time at TECH for the NBA. The Atl CELTIC players and their mindset is not needed. I am tired of feeling USED by the players. We give money, time, heart, and they leave early. I just hate it & I am tired of it. If the football players stayed just think what the football season might have been. Back-to-Back in the ACC Championship game and the recruiting gets easier.

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
8:16 pm

Supersize-that was a cheap shot. Iman is a great father and has put himself before his son in all decisions. Having said that, Iman, in my opinion will come back to school. He is a forward thinker and realizes the importance of a degree after the league.

5150 UOAD

March 28th, 2011
8:21 pm

Thanks for the civil back and forth is TONY. You know I don’t hate on TECH PLAYERS. I am just so tired of feeling like the working girl. The John gets his feel good. The Pi.p gets all the money. I just feel like all I am getting is SCREWED. LOL got me man?

Supersize that order, mutt

March 28th, 2011
8:23 pm

Tony, that was not meant to be a shot at Iman. I am sure he does his best at being a father, but he could do a lot better if he were 4 or 5 years older. The point I was trying to make, with no personal slam meant at Iman, was that ALL kids his age need to keep their pants zipped. For one thing they are not old enough to be the best fathers, and for another thing, having a kid severely affects their opportunity to be kids, which, after all, they are.

rjay

March 28th, 2011
8:35 pm

Looking at CBG’s resume, I am impressed. He was a part of MSU, which has always been a strong program, with a strong sense of basketball. Those guys have always played defense and rebounded hard. Dayton has had a solid run under Gregory. A bunch of 20 win seasons, a few entries into the dance, and an NIT title, beating Illinois and UNC along the way. Thing I like best, all of his kids graduate. As for Shumpert, he was a product of how our system has been. If NBA is best for him, I wish him well. Hope it works out. If his heart is not with Tech, I hope he goes, nothing personal, but he needs to if that is the way it is. I always like PH, but he seemed in over his head a lot, especially with 1 and dones. Only real success came with a veteran group. I think Gregory is going to recruit the right guys, who will stay around, and make the program stronger. Looks to me like the guy can recruit pretty well, also.

Taco

March 28th, 2011
8:36 pm

Stay or go, who cares. Just do what you want with dedication and determination. Shumpert is a great player who played for an awful coach who could not help him develop. Hewitt was a nice man with class, just no knack for coaching. Test the water, count the money. If does not look GREAT, come back and make more money next year, maybe get a little coaching in the process. Kid has mad skills and could be crafted into a superb pro.

Tony Shumpert

March 28th, 2011
8:41 pm

I agree Supersize with your sentiments, but obviously its too late to do anything about it. Muhammed, Iman’s is the best thing that’s ever happened to Iman and his extended family.

Nate

March 28th, 2011
8:41 pm

Whatever Iman does, we as Tech fans need to support him. I wish him all the best.

However, Tech does need to start recruiting students who will put forth 4 years to this program, not the Derrick Favors bunch.