Shumpert to stay in draft

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.

87 comments Add your comment

Fire Paul Hewitt

May 3rd, 2011
2:30 pm

what an idiot

ormewood

May 3rd, 2011
2:31 pm

Too bad for Tech, and a mistake, I believe. He’s not going to be a first-rounder.

D A DoubleU G

May 3rd, 2011
2:37 pm

Easy Techies…..

wish him luck, and thank him for his services.

Had he decided to stay, it would have been “Yes, Shumpert is AWESOME! We will win the ACC next year and make the Final Four!!”

But since he is pursuing his dream, don’t let your greedy emotions get in the way. Maybe your Hawks will draft him and he will still be playing in Phillips Arena anyway.

DALPZ

May 3rd, 2011
2:38 pm

He should check with the two foorball players that came out early and wasn’t picked at all in the NFL draft. It’s ashame these pro teams are allowed to sign or draft a college athelete until they have graduated from college or after their senior year. The current process is hurting college sports.

Tim

May 3rd, 2011
2:38 pm

Huge mistake, he won’t even be drafted…good luck in NBADL if that! Too bad for both parties.

mwh6767

May 3rd, 2011
2:39 pm

Too bad. He won’t be a first rounder and it seemed that even his parents where for him coming back this season. Wonder if this opens up CBG going after Ware or another recruit to fill Shump’s scholly? I know that he has said that he wasn’t going to fill the one left open by Parks and would have given him 4 to work with next year in what many are considering a loaded class in the state. Would be nice to add another scorer for this year.

bascogcjs

May 3rd, 2011
2:40 pm

IMO, he’ll be a better pro than Leslie and I’m a Ga. fan

GoJackets!

May 3rd, 2011
2:46 pm

It sucks but he’s making the best decision for himself. With so many guaranteed lottery picks staying this year, he’ll have a better chance of getting drafted now than next year. All it takes is a great workout that could attract one GM or two. I wish him good luck in the draft. It was nice seeing him play at Tech.

It hurts losing the leading scorer/rebounder/assister of the team but this team will rebound better than many experts think. It will take some time to adjust but it still has Rice and Oliver who are capable of dropping 20+ and decent young core. Whatever happens, next year’s team will have a better record than last year’s.

PooperScooper

May 3rd, 2011
2:47 pm

Don’t judge him. There is only one person who can judge and that’s Judge Dredd/

Chuck Sheen

May 3rd, 2011
2:52 pm

Get an education. Wow

BYRDDAWG

May 3rd, 2011
2:52 pm

Just like my boy Leslie…..Wrong choice for both I think!!!

McPants

May 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

Thankful for Shumpert’s three years of hard work and tough play on the Flats, but this is a big mistake. He’s got a lot of room to develop, and is a mid second rounder at best. Coulda been 1st team All ACC had he stayed for his senior year and developed under Gregory. You just would think that he would’ve learned from Crittenton’s mistake.

Oh well. Go Jackets!

juvenal

May 3rd, 2011
2:57 pm

agree with D A AGAIN!!?!!…..still, D A, like Iman, is young, & hence unpredictable………thanks, Iman, esp. for the UNC wins, & God Bless……

Biff pocoroba

May 3rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Who is going to hog the ball next year now? Good luck in Europe. You can’t shoot 30 percent in the NBA.

GTBob

May 3rd, 2011
3:04 pm

I hope it works out for him. He has played 3 good years at GT and that is about as much as you can ask for these days. I wish him the best. Seems risky though.

Dollar Bill

May 3rd, 2011
3:07 pm

Ouch. Best of luck to you. Work Hard.

bad for Tech

May 3rd, 2011
3:07 pm

Perhaps he knows something we do not and will get drafted…but I doubt it.
Jump shot @Tech was poor….but will be unacceptable in the NBA.

J T Ellenwood

May 3rd, 2011
3:08 pm

Is this same guy I have watching for last three years get to top foul line and act like he dont known want to do with the ball . He is getting bad advice. I am a died heart Tech fan this coming from someone who have watch him play.

collegeballfan

May 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Will it hurt Tech next season? Sure.

But Tech has 5 guys who play the 1,2,3 spots and should be OK. They are Udofia,Morris,Oliver, Rice and Brandon Reed the transfer from Ark State. One other body would be wonderful.

On the front line there is Miller, Hicks, Holsey and the incoming Julian Royal to play the 4,5 spots.
One other body would be wonderful.

New Culture Needed

May 3rd, 2011
3:15 pm

It’s unfortunate, but understandable. Hewitt built a culture in which it was Georgia Tech was nothing more than a temporary unwanted stop enroute to something bigger. Every kid joining the team was molded by that culture and started looking elsewhere as soon as he scored or rebounded in double figures. Hopefully CBG builds a culture where the kids want to be at Georgia Tech and want an education.

It’s an interesting choic given the kids that gave up their scholarships to enter the NFL draft just went undrafted. I wish Shumpert well and hope he knows what he is doing and NOT listening to some knucklehea agent looking to make a buck regardless of where Shumpert lands.

just SHOOT me

May 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

He may go in the second round. He may go undrafted. Based on the NBA’s CBA it may be the best time for him to make a move. Oh well. At least GT has a new kid from Marietta coming in next year. Wellington Gibson is a 6-3, 205 total package with lots of skill. He’s going to turn out to be the best player us Techies have seen in a long time.

joe mather can't bunt

May 3rd, 2011
3:20 pm

One less ball-hog!

DoggieHouser

May 3rd, 2011
3:22 pm

We will soon know whether this was a good decision or not. I don’t think Shumpert could have hurt himself by staying, but it’s his choice. I wish him well and thank him for his contributions to GT. Now, about Nick Claytor…..

BuzzGT

May 3rd, 2011
3:25 pm

I think with some of the other elite players returning to school next year, that he could slip into the first round if you has some amazing workouts. He has definately improved each year at Tech. Without him, this last year would have been a total disaster. GOOD LUCK IMAN! You will be joining some other Tech Greats in the NBA.

Jo Bling

May 3rd, 2011
3:25 pm

I’m not sure what you doubters are smoking. Shumpert is a prototypical NBA guard in so many ways. He’s going to get drafted. Not only that, but I predict he ends up having a productive career. He’s making the right decision, and not least because the NBA collective bargaining agreement expires on June 30. The draft is June 23. Better to get into the league now, and be in a better (non-rookie) position next year when many of the newly agreed-upon provisions kick in. There are no guarantees, but the league agreement has to be a big consideration in making this decision.

GT hulk

May 3rd, 2011
3:29 pm

These dummies ought to see the writing on the wall—-a second rounder-maybe? Hope he winds up like Claytor and Tarrant–undrafted—-that really made those 2 look like fools!!!!

GT hulk

May 3rd, 2011
3:31 pm

Joe mather cant bunt—-I agree with you on the ball hogging

Old Blind Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
3:38 pm

I didn’t realize GT had a basketball program. Hey, hey just kidding. I thought you guys would be accustomed to these kids leaving early seems like you lead the country in early exits.

Ramblin Man

May 3rd, 2011
3:42 pm

Risky move on his part, but it is his life. I wish him luck and hope it does not come back to bite him in the arse. Was hoping he would stay and recruits could see Gregory help improve Iman’s abilities and draft stock.

Tech Man

May 3rd, 2011
3:46 pm

Join the club with footballers Tarrant and Claytor. Hopefully, McDonald’s will have an opening for you. These kids are just stupid. I can’t think of a better word.

GT BBall

May 3rd, 2011
3:47 pm

I hope this is truly the end of the Hewitt era. Every player that left early under Hewitt, left atleast one year too early. Part greed, part ego and part get your rookie contract over so I can sign for some real money later. I know this is a problem at alot of other schools, but it happens to us once a year.

Shumpert has NBA talent, no doubt about it. He’ll struggle for 2 years, playing alot in the NDBL. He’s ready to contribute off the bench and be productive NBA player by year 3. He’ll be a combo guard and never quite master the PG position enough to be a pure point. Iman, Best of luck to you and don’t forget to donate $$$ back to Tech!

Born2Buzz

May 3rd, 2011
3:48 pm

I wish he had stayed, but if the decision is made then I wish him the best in the Association. Sadly I agree with others thinking he probably doesn’t get drafted. But hey, if Mario West could get a contract, Shumpert should be able to get one too.
And why would any true Tech fan want him to fail. That’s just being a douche.

Ramblin Man

May 3rd, 2011
3:48 pm

GT hulk no reason to hate on these kids just because they did not do what some fans wanted them to do. Don’t get me wrong I was amazed Claytor and Tarrant declared and a little shocked at Iman’s decision, but we have no idea what is going through thier minds and what people may be telling them.

Mark Richt's tanning salon

May 3rd, 2011
3:56 pm

Typical, the guy was all about coming back when Horrible Hewitt was coaching, but now he is headed to the big leagues, which I think he is waaaay ahead of himself on this one, guess we will see!

Bodybuilder Granny

May 3rd, 2011
3:58 pm

Is it me or does this guy not seem like an NBA caliber player? Seems like a very big mistake on his part, were scouts even watching him? LOL!!!! Good luck in the WBA!!!

ATL born and raised

May 3rd, 2011
3:59 pm

I wish him the best in the league or overseas. In other news, Tony Akins’ team won the Korean BBall Championship.

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 3rd, 2011
4:06 pm

He could have had a great senior year. Too bad. I think a big mistake. Anyway, wish you much success.

Bodybuilder Granny

May 3rd, 2011
4:07 pm

College bball players and GT ones in particular sure aren’t like they use to be, wanting to get a degree, playing a team sport, winning records at a college, no…. Now all they care about is knocking that first year of college ball out and heading for the pros. Still think they should put a rule in effect where players have to play three years then can be eligible to leave for NBA. Leaving after their first year is why college basketball is losing it’s excitement of past years.

That Guy

May 3rd, 2011
4:24 pm

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It’s idiots like Shumpert that are ruining the game of college basketball. The only reason players came out to go to the draft 20 years ago was if they were a guaranteed lottery pick. Now we have guys leaving early to get undrafted. Real smart buddy.

SEE JAVARIS CRITTENTON. He’s doing real well, right?

Sauce

May 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

I wish he could take Udofia with him.

Dumb Dumb Dumb

May 3rd, 2011
4:47 pm

While I appreciate everything that Iman did while at Tech, he is certainly not ready nor did he tell us the truth. He will not be a first rounder and he has been told that over and over. He claims that he was 50-50 but when everyone is telling you to STAY (scouts and parents included) and you don’t then you will be the next Crittenton. Accepting a little constructive feedback is the first sign of maturity and that is lacking here. Sad day for Iman, I would say I wish him the best but I just hope that others would learn from his mistake. Might as well be pushing a rope….

Tech75

May 3rd, 2011
4:53 pm

Not exactly a vote of confidence in the new coach…

It’s hard to be All-ACC or All-American on a losing team, and Tech is projected to have a tough time next year.

Still a bad move, though. Can’t learn much sitting at the end of the bench playing only every third or fourth game for a minute or two.

BobChicken

May 3rd, 2011
4:56 pm

Hey, Iman say hello to Javaris Crittendon for us when you get to China.

burntpoptrtz

May 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

Just shoot me:

Have they signed that Gibson kid out of Marietta? I thought he was going to Miami?

GT Alum

May 3rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Yeah, I would’ve liked for Shumpert to stay, but I really believe he’s making a mistake. I don’t know what the new CBA will bring, but I don’t think undrafted or even 2nd round players get that great a deal under the current one. I guess we’ll see in a month and a half how this decision pans out for him.

just SHOOT me

May 3rd, 2011
5:01 pm

From what I heard Wellington Gibson opted not to attend Miami after their head coach left. The buzz is he’s really impressed with Tech’s new coach. You should definitely check this kid out on youtube. Amazing! He’s the real deal.

Jo Bling

May 3rd, 2011
5:01 pm

Exactly Tech 75. Most of the people on here in typical fashion haven’t thought through the actual decision-making process and have instead offered a bunch of knee-jerk sentiments about how he isn’t ready for the NBA. Come on folks, 95 percent of you would have made the same decision, and the five percent that wouldn’t are morons. Look at the considerations, how many guards are coming out this year compared to next, the NBA bargaining agreement and rookie salaries, the potential that the league may even shut down two or more teams, a new coach he doesn’t know or trust at this point, and then consider the fact that even should Shumpert come back Tech is going to be TERRIBLE next season, and it’s not that hard a decision. Think first, knee-jerk later.

Dumb Dumb Dumb

May 3rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Jo Bling. There’s no knee-jerk to it. He stated that he would come back if he was viewed as a second rounder. He is, at best a 2nd-rounder. That sir is called a lie based on greed. He will regret this decision. And your 95% comment is just plain wrong. You really should work on your analysis.

Dumb Dumb Dumb

May 3rd, 2011
5:09 pm

I also disagree that Tech would have been TERRIBLE with Iman next year. We would have probably had a winning record and that’s not that bad. It will be interesting to see if we actually have game day coaches now…

Johny Hammersticks

May 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Highly Doubt he gets drafted…. Not a smart move