Tuesday, April 21, 2009

GEORGIA TECH’S LAWAL TESTING NBA WATERS

It figures Georgia Tech would have to have somebody testing the NBA waters, and all told maybe their lucky that it’s only sophomore forward Gani Lawal. Lots of folks think freshman Iman Shumpert is a likely early draft candidate.

Interestingly, of the 10 one-and-done players in ACC history, five went to Georgia Tech (Stephon Marbury, Chris Bosh, Dion Glover, Javaris Crittenton and Thad Young).

Lawal's news interrupts what has been a lull in ACC declarations. With the deadline looming on Sunday, it's sure to pickup.

The UNC duo of Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington and Duke's Gerald Henderson, are all expected to leave for the NBA but have been silent.

A UNC spokesman said Monday there was no update on Lawson or Ellington. A Duke spokesman said Henderson "was still in the process of evaluating his options."

We understand the Henderson hold up, but what’s up with Lawson and Ellington. It seems unlikely, following Lawson’s great season and Ellington’s great Dance, that either’s NBA stock could ever be higher. Back-to-back championships a la Florida a few year’s back is nice, but if you’re looking to cash a check (and who ultimately isn’t?) does it make ANY SENSE for those two to return to UNC?

TO DATE:

Leaving: James Johnson, Wake Forest; Brandon Costner, N.C. State

Testing: Jeff Teague, Wake Forest; Greivis Vasquez, Maryland; Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech; Dwayne Collins, Miami

Staying: Ed Davis, UNC; Trevor Booker, Clemson; Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest; Kyle Singler, Duke; Solomon Alabi, Florida State

Undecided: Ty Lawson, UNC; Wayne Ellington, UNC; Gerald Henderson, Duke

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