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Lawal opts to return to Yellow Jackets

Updated: June 14, 2009, 1:26 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

If Georgia Tech harbored hopes of going from last place in the ACC to the NCAA tournament in one season, then the Yellow Jackets probably needed sophomore forward Gani Lawal to withdraw from the NBA draft.

Sunday afternoon he did.

Lawal told ESPN.com that he was sending in his paperwork to the NBA to meet Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline. The 6-foot-9 Lawal averaged a team-second-best 15.1 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets last season (12-19 overall, 2-14 ACC). ...

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