ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack entered his
name in the NBA draft Thursday, but he won't hire an agent and is
still torn about whether to return for his senior season with the
Jack's decision will allow him to work out for NBA teams, giving
himself a better idea of where he would be picked in the June 28
draft. Most prognosticators believe he will go in the latter half
of the first round.
Jack said it's "50-50" on whether he will enter the pros or
play another year at Georgia Tech. He could graduate next spring if
he returns to school, and he's promised his mother that he will get
his degree no matter what.
"I'm surprised that he's as torn as he is," coach Paul Hewitt
said. "I thought it was a foregone conclusion" he would go to the
The 6-foot-3 Jack was the top scorer (15.5 points a game) on a
team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. As a
sophomore, he starred in Georgia Tech's improbable run to the
national championship game.
Jack has spent countless hours working on his shot, which showed
last year when he led the Yellow Jackets in 3-point shooting (44
percent). He's a strong, physical player who can muscle up
defensively or help out on the boards. But there are questions
about his quickness.
Also, there's a glut of point guards in the draft, including
fellow Atlantic Coast Conference players Raymond Felton of North
Carolina and Chris Paul of Wake Forest. That could push Jack lower
in the draft.
"I'm not leaning one way or the other," he said. "It's
something I've thought long and hard about. When I make my
decision, I want it to be 100 percent."
Hewitt began planning in January for Jack's departure, figuring there was no way his star guard would be back for a fourth season. But Jack asked to meet with his coach after the season, and they got together about three weeks ago at a pizza restaurant near
"He said he was not sure what he wanted to do," Hewitt recalled. "I was like, 'What?' Are you kidding me?' "
After hearing Jack out, the coach advised him to at least enter his name in the draft, giving himself a chance to talk with NBA teams before he makes a final decision.
"He loves being in college," Hewitt said. "He really loves
Jack has until June 21 -- a week before the draft -- to withdraw
his name if he decides to come back to Georgia Tech.
"He wants everything," Hewitt quipped. "He wants to enjoy his
senior year. He wants to get drafted No. 1 in the draft."
Jack's mother, Louise, traveled from Maryland to attend her
son's announcement at the school's campus arena. She praised Hewitt
for advising Jarrett to give the NBA a look.
"Knowing how Jarrett feels about him, Coach Hewitt easily could
have swayed him to come back to school," Louise Jack said. "But
he's trying to do what's best for his players. That took a lot of
the pressure off."
If Jack leaves, Georgia Tech would have to replace its top five
scorers from last season. The Yellow Jackets also lost seniors B.J. Elder, Will Bynum, Luke Schenscher and Isma'il Muhammad, along with
defensive specialist Anthony McHenry.
Zam Fredrick, who played sparingly as a freshman, has apparently reconsidered his decision to transfer and would likely be first in line to replace Jack at the point.
The Yellow Jackets also signed 6-1 guard Austin Jackson of
"I would feel a lot better if [Jack] comes back. Let's not kid
ourselves," Hewitt said. "But we'll be good next year either