Young, likely top-15 pick, to stay in draft

Updated: June 18, 2007, 5:23 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Georgia Tech freshman Thaddeus Young has decided to stay in the 2007 NBA draft.

Young, a 6-foot-8 forward who was a standout freshman last season, on Monday called his experience at Georgia Tech "one of the most memorable times" of his life.

"I fully understand that if I were to return to Tech, next year I would possibly be drafted as high as one, two or three, which would mean a lot more money,'' Young said. "Nevertheless, I believe that I should begin my chosen profession at this time and not consider money alone."

The move is expected as Young is projected by most NBA teams as a Top 15 pick. Last week Young was invited by the NBA to sit in the Green Room, a good sign that he'd go in the top half of the draft.

He joins teammate Javaris Crittenton, another freshman who decided to bolt Georgia Tech after one year.

Young and Crittenton join Dennis Scott (1990), Kenny Anderson (1991), Stephon Marbury (1996), Dion Glover (1999), Chris Bosh (2003) and Jarrett Jack (2005) as Yellow Jackets underclassmen who have entered the draft.

ESPN.com's Chad Ford and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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