Monday, June 15, 2009

LAWAL GOING BACK TO GEORGIA TECH

Gani Lawal, the 6'9 rising junior has taken his name out of the NBA draft hat. Lawal told Hoopsworld.com that he valued the experienced he gained throughout the past two months (of NBA workoust), but after talking with teams and his family he decided the 2010 draft was better suited for him.

No one is happier to hear this news than Paul Hewitt and the Georgia Tech basketball program. With Lawal back in the mix the Yellow Jackets will undoubtedly improve on last season's 12-19 record. Lawal will be joined in the frontcourt by top-ranked forward Derrick Favors, forming one of the most talented low post duos in the country.

A strong sophomore campaign with averages of 15 points and nine rebounds firmly put Lawal on the NBA radar. But Lawal has since been told his stock could rise significantly with another year of development. Rather than going in the 15-25 range as projected this year, Lawal could work his way into the early first round.

Lawal will battle for a spot in next year's lottery against the likes of Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis (UNC), Craig Brackins, Greg Monroe, and Patrick Patterson.

Expect to see many more underclassmen pull their names out of this year's draft as the deadline for them to preserve their college eligibility is today at 5 pm EST.

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