Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and stay in the NBA draft. Shumpert, a second-team All-ACC pick last season, will hire an agent and begin working out for NBA teams.
“I appreciate everything that Georgia Tech has done for me over my time here,” Shumpert said in a statement.
This past season, Shumpert became only the fourth player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. He was also selected to the ACC all-defensive team. Over his career, he scored in double figures 55 times out of 92 games.
At the time he decided to enter his name into the draft in late March, Shumpert said he was 50-50 and that he would likely return if he was projected as a second-round pick. That has largely turned out to be the evaluation. NBA scouting director Ryan Blake said last week that he projected Shumpert as either a second-round pick or undrafted and advised him to stay in school.
“I like him; he’s a good player,” Blake said. “I think he still has concerns.”
Shumpert has the support of new coach Brian Gregory, who said he could have had an “All-American-type season” if he chose to stay.
“After working with him the last month or so, I’m confident that his workouts will be very good and he has a successful NBA career in front of him,” Gregory said in a statement.
Shumpert has a Tuesday afternoon news conference planned at Tech.