Shumpert likely to decide on draft at deadline

The father of Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert said that his son will likely keep his name in the draft until the May 8 deadline.
“Why rush?” Odis Shumpert II said. “Just go ahead and wait to the day. Then you can decide, ‘I’m in’ or ‘I’m out.’”
Odis Shumpert said that Iman is still 50-50 on his decision, as he had been when he first declared March 28.
Shumpert has yet to begin working out for NBA teams. That can only start this Friday, after the NBA releases the official list of early entrants. (The deadline to declare was Sunday.) Tech coach Brian Gregory said he has been speaking with NBA team scouts and general managers to get a sense on where Shumpert might get draft, and plans to share his findings when he meets with the Shumperts this weekend.

Will likely stay in draft until May 8 deadline.

Will likely stay in draft until May 8 deadline.

“His goal is first round,” Odis Shumpert said. “Right now, we’re hearing second round. That could change.”
Shumpert has been attending class and has participated in individual workouts with Gregory, who said he wants Shumpert to stay at Tech if the Shumperts believe it’s the right decision.
“There’s no question that he’s going to play in [the NBA],” Gregory said. “The question is, does he want to try to do that this year or wait till next year. I think in our system and the way we play, he would have an unbelievable senior year. I really do. I think he would have an All-American-type senior year.”

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james

April 26th, 2011
7:40 am

Ken Sugiura

April 26th, 2011
7:50 am

well done, james.

yellowfever

April 26th, 2011
7:54 am

1st round are you kidding me, is this the level that the NBA has gotten too. I mean he’s an ok player but 1st round, give me a break.

Gordon

April 26th, 2011
8:05 am

Ken,

Has Iman said what his criteria is for going? Will he stay if he isn’t projected to go in the first round? I’m no expert, but I’ve never seen or heard anything that indicates he is anywhere near to the first round. I’ve also heard he likes Gregory. I think he will be here next year.

JROLL1

April 26th, 2011
8:11 am

NO ONE WHO AVERAGES 5-7 TURNOVERS A GAME SHOULD THINK THEY WILL BE A FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK!!! STAY IN SCHOOL KID!

Adam

April 26th, 2011
8:11 am

He will not get drafted. Come back for your senior year. He had some great moments but still very inconsistent to warrant getting drafted.

SansWorld

April 26th, 2011
8:14 am

I recall him saying he would withdraw from the draft if he did not think he would be a 1st rounder, or maybe 2nd rounder. Neither seems likely, seems like a good senior year under this new coach/system would do wonders for his credibility as a NBA prospect.

The Real YellowJacket

April 26th, 2011
8:18 am

Needs to stay.

Tech Fan

April 26th, 2011
8:19 am

He might want to go ahead and enter given he defenitly wont get drafted next year given the talent in the draft…but I would love to have him back.

Ken Sugiura

April 26th, 2011
8:42 am

Gordon- Shumpert told Doug Roberson when he declared that he’d go if he felt he’d go in the first round. And you are right in what you heard. His father said that Shumpert likes Gregory.
As far as his decision to put his name in, there’s no disadvantages to it. I’m sure he knows where he’s pegged and figures his chances of moving up are slim. But all it can take is one incredible workout to persuade some GM that he has to have him. And if it doesn’t happen, he can go back to Tech with no harm done.
Tech fan – you bring up an interesting point. the threat of a lockout appears to be keeping a lot of potential entrants in school. next year will likely be loaded.

Big Ol Stinger

April 26th, 2011
8:45 am

Good luck to him whatever he decides. He’s put up with a lot of disappointment with underachieving teams while he’s been at Tech.

I hope he decides to stay but wouldn’t blame him if he goes.

Outside Observer

April 26th, 2011
8:47 am

I’m a believer in staying all four years, unless your stock is at an all-time high. Shumpert’s currently is not. Gregory should be able to teach him a few things Hewitt could not. The threat of the lockout this year is definitely keeping some recruits from entering the draft. It could be a bad situation for all recruits unless they are lottery picks. Obviously Shumpert has tremendous potential, but he still has a lot to learn. I have no problems with him testing the draft waters, but ultimately, he should be back next year to lead the team to a mildly successful season.

Jack

April 26th, 2011
8:55 am

IS has no chance at the first round. The guy is unpolished as can be and not a consistent shooter at all and turns the ball over too much with occasional erratic play. He needs a year back with a new coach who teaches fundamentals to get his draft status up for next year.

Not a Hewitt Fan

April 26th, 2011
9:05 am

He seems to be a competitor…..cant blame him from going……Hope he stays.

UGA = Yawn

April 26th, 2011
9:18 am

I could not see 1st or 2nd round. Maybe late 2nd round. There are about 50 or 60 underclassmen that have declared – plus, factor in the seniors. It would be tough.

bless u

April 26th, 2011
9:22 am

Hope you stay kid..Go GT.

JasonGT

April 26th, 2011
9:27 am

Let’s stop saying he needs to stay and say we want him to stay. He’s an awesome player and with some coaching he could be ACC player of the year. The poor guy had to endure 3 years of a great fan base not applauding his growth as a player because of our dislike for Hewitt. NBA workouts will be some good experience for him. He could easily go in the 2nd round and make millions working his way up the ladder to being a starter. I believe we need him to win next year, but remember what he’s giving up to stay and don’t tell him what he should or shouldn’t do.

Gordon

April 26th, 2011
9:42 am

Thanks, Ken. I hope Iman makes the right decision, whatever that is. He seems like a great kid.

Worm

April 26th, 2011
9:43 am

According to the chatter I’ve heard from NBA people, NONE believe there will be an NBA season next year..Owners are prepared to shut it down.

Hewitt Fan

April 26th, 2011
9:43 am

My advice to Iman, is to go ahead and leave..The ACC is not exactly a place where players can develop.Acc players tend to better in the NBA than college, Morrow is a key example..I think the kid has a lot of potential and if not for the refs beating GT out of so many games when Favors and Lawai were here, he would be a household name…

Hewitt Fan

April 26th, 2011
9:49 am

@ Ken

Hate to be negative, but i wonder if Shumpert watched any Dayton highlights?..I wish Gregory the best, but his offense looked horrible, and how did GT players like the hire?..Oh yeah, Our CEO has been offered a job at UCLA, we are starting a pipeline to LA baby!

bascogcjs

April 26th, 2011
10:21 am

Ga. fan, but I think Shumpert is a better all around player than Leslie or Thompkins.
If I were an NBA team, I’d draft Iman over those two guys.

Joshua Barlowe

April 26th, 2011
10:31 am

He needs to stay – not because he’s not talented enough – but he needs some coaching. Now that Tech has a real coach he will be able to turn his talent into production and consistency. He wasn’t coached up at all by Hewitt.

jonas

April 26th, 2011
10:42 am

needs another year- inconsistent outside shot puts him to 2nd round this year- would be considered a doc rivers type if he stays for 2012

jambee3

April 26th, 2011
11:13 am

Iman needs to work on his shot to get a shot in the NBA.

Ken Sugiura

April 26th, 2011
11:30 am

Jason – quit being reasonable! (ha ha)

Jason

April 26th, 2011
11:33 am

If Shumpert becomes a more consistant perimeter shooter he will be a lottery pick. If he comes back he will be an all american next year. He also averaged 2 TO’s per game not 5-7…dummy.

Jason

April 26th, 2011
11:33 am

Please shutup Hewitt fan…go talk about UGA’s joke of a basketball program.

gt

April 26th, 2011
11:38 am

If anyone could use another year it is Shumpert. He has the talent to be a first round draft but it ain’t going ot happen until he can shoot foul shots and maybe run an offense. I don’t think Hewitt had these players in good shape. Spend one more year at Tech and you will have two coaches pushing your cause plus you may go out a winner.

Paul in RDU

April 26th, 2011
11:44 am

I think Shumpert is a good athlete who has the potential to be a solid NBA player but right now where would you play him? He isn’t a PG and he doesn’t have the consistent outside shot to be a SG. He needs to improve in a couple of areas to make it in the league.

GoJackets!

April 26th, 2011
11:58 am

I’d love to have him back to Tech but he should go if he can get drafted. If he can have a great workout he can get a guaranteed contract. Whether he can be good or not in next level can be determined by his work ethic as he’s very talented. Next year’s draft would be stacked with a lot of potential lottery picks staying in school. 2 schools alone will have 10 1st rounders. Add all the young freshmen with potentials. Only way he can get drafted high next year would be having an ACC player of the year type of season.

JM

April 26th, 2011
12:20 pm

I’d love to see Iman playing next year for GT.

I think it’s a smart move for him to get info from the NBA on his strengths and weaknesses. He’ll have time to work on them if he stays at GT.

ManUp...

April 26th, 2011
12:30 pm

I like our kids going to the pro’s, but there’s nothing like seeing talented athletes wearing the White and Old Gold!

In this case, I think if Shumpert can stick around and help a new team get off the ground under Coach Gregory (a guy I have really warmed up to as all the positive news about him just keeps coming out), then we’ll have a head start on a really stellar year when “The Hank” opens in Spring 2012. ‘Big thangs poppin’ as they say here in Hotlanta.

Go Jackets!

Veteran Fan

April 26th, 2011
12:53 pm

Most folks have it right! He is close, but one good season more will get him what he wants, a first round selection and a guaranteed contract! He should stay and play in front of sell out crowds in Philips and Gwinnett! We have our new season tickets and all our friends too!

Angus

April 26th, 2011
1:06 pm

Yo Ken!

How ’bout a promo for tonight’s baseball game from you or one of your AJC cohorts?

You’d think you could find even the most basic of info about it here on the ol’ AJC (maybe it’s here, but I can’t find it).

GT hulk

April 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

He’s perfect for the NBA, everytime he touches the ball at Tech, he shoots.

Iman has potential,

April 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

but the Tech record last year does not indicate there was an NBA type guard running the show. Shup plays aggressively and at times does/did carry the team but his outside shot is just too inconsistent. One more year in Atlanta would seemingly pay dividends.

bascogcjs

April 26th, 2011
2:10 pm

veteran fan, you won’t see one sell out at Gwinnett or Phillips arena,
unless north carolina fans buy tickets.
Who are you kidding?

BYRDDAWG

April 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

Jason, our “joke’
is 7-4 vs tech in the last 11 games! Inman should stay despite what Hewitt fan says…The ACC(the coach K league) is a great conference for developing talent for the NBA!!!

Stinger 2

April 26th, 2011
2:58 pm

He should do what he wants to do. All of the outside advice from fans
is nonsense. The fans are not qualified to influence his decision. Let him see how he fares in the workouts and then make his own decision. I believe that only Coach Gregory should give him advice since he will get
some input from the NBA Scouts.

BravesFan79

April 26th, 2011
4:10 pm

I believe Gani Lawal made a huge mistake in not returning to GT for his senior season, and so would Shumpert !

Ken Sugiura

April 26th, 2011
4:15 pm

angus – thanks for the reminder. i’ll be headed out there in a little bit.

ormewood

April 26th, 2011
4:18 pm

The ACC next season will likely be even worse than it was this past season. Other than the big two, the rest of the league will be mediocre at best. So if Shumpert does come back, he could put up some serious stats and make all-conference. That would help his ‘12 draft stock, I would think.

Ken Sugiura

April 26th, 2011
4:28 pm

Newtonite

April 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

It sounds unlikely that he will be a first-rounder, maybe not even 2nd round. He should decide whether he’d be willing to play in Europe or elsewhere overseas if he is not a 1st rd. pick. That’s the likely destination for most 2nd rounders (or worse).

reece starks

April 26th, 2011
7:24 pm

shumpert is 6′5 and a very strong combo guard that will be effective at an NBA level. though some of his offensive skills are still raw look at how far he came in just 3 years with a horrible coach. He was the best defender in the strongest conference in the nation and scouts and gm’s will bite on his defense alone. he can play point and he can guard 1-3 positions with the ability to create his own shot and range stepping out to the three. Shumpert is a player who will wind up a better pro than collegiate player due to the spacing and more possesions. If he does what he has done the entire year in workouts with teams gms will see his high character and bite on him. Late first round somewhere between 25-30 is where i project. dont be suprised if he’s playing for the hometown chicago bulls with fellow chicagoan and friend Rose.

Tokyo jacket

April 26th, 2011
8:01 pm

I like hearing bold statements from Gregory like ” I think in our system and the way we play, he would have an unbelievable senior year. I really do. I think he would have an All-American-type senior year.” If he can back up statements like that, I’ll like him even more!

Tokyo jacket

April 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

Wait, let me get this straight…Gregory plans to have a player improve from his junior to senior year. What kind of magic beans does he use that CPH didn’t have?!?!?!

mike

April 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

2 the guy that says a guy that averages 7 turnovers um the best PG in the leage Derrick Rose does and he still the best he a top five player in the NBA maybe top 3.. Anthony Marrow turned into a good NBA player Shumpert can 2..

Mary

April 26th, 2011
10:23 pm

He has no majic beans…that was one of the criticisms of him at Dayton….lack of player development, even with players that supposedly had great potential. Have been watching some Dayton film, poor offense, massive substitutions at odd time and lots of missed free throws. Maybe BG will learn from those deficiencies and go down a different path here.