ATLANTA With a trio of top-ranked point guards
already declaring early for the NBA draft, Georgia Tech's
Jarrett Jack apparently will follow.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Jack
will make himself eligible for the draft next week but will not
immediately hire an agent.
The 6-3 junior, who could be a late first-round pick, has until
May 14 to declare.
ESPN Radio's Doug Gottlieb spoke with Tech coach Paul Hewitt, who said Jarrett will not make a final decision until after finals are over next week. "Anyone who says anything different is not being truthful," Hewitt said.
Since underclassmen began announcing their eligibility for the
NBA draft nearly a month ago, high-profile point guards Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Wake Forest's Chris Paul and Illinois' Deron Williams have decided to leave school early.
While the other three have basically cut their ties to their
respective schools, Jack will be able to return to the Yellow
Jackets by June 21 if he does not hire an agent.
"It's basically a win-win situation," Jack told the newspaper
earlier in the month. "If I decide to go pro or if I decide to
come back [to school], it's still going to be a positive for
Jack, who led the Yellow Jackets to the national championship
game in 2004, averaged 15.5 points as Georgia Tech overcame both
struggles and injuries to post a 20-12 mark with an NCAA
Tournament berth this past season.
Jack established career highs in both shooting percentage from
the floor and 3-point range, connecting on 51.4 percent overall
and 44.2 percent from the arc.
Georgia Tech, which returned nearly its entire team intact
following its Final Four appearance in 2004, lost five seniors
this season and will be one of the youngest teams in the
Atlantic Coast Conference even if Jack decides to stay in
Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.