The AJC's Ken Sugiura reports that Iman Shumpert probably will wait until the May 8 deadline before announcing whether or not he will keep his name in the NBA draft or return to Georgia Tech. Shumpert's father says that his son is 50-50 on whether or not to remain in the draft and says that there is no need to rush a decision.
"Why rush?" Odis Shumpert II said. "Just go ahead and wait to the day. Then you can decide, ‘I'm in' or ‘I'm out.'"
Individual NBA team workouts can begin this Friday and Shumpert's stated goal is the first round. His father says that currently they are hearing the second round but all of that can change after workouts start. At 6-foot-5, Shumpert has the size that could lead to being successful in the NBA. As a junior last season, he led the Yellow Jackets averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.
New Tech coach Brian Gregory has made it clear that he wants Shumpert back for his senior season, but will also help assist Shumpert with the process of making a decision on the draft. Gregory has already been talking with NBA coaches and general managers to try and help gauge where Shumpert might be selected.
"There's no question that he's going to play in [the NBA]," Gregory said. "The question is, does he want to try to do that this year or wait till next year. I think in our system and the way we play, he would have an unbelievable senior year. I really do. I think he would have an All-American-type senior year."
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