Monday, April 20, 2009

Ga. Tech forward to test NBA draft waters

You knew Georgia Tech couldn't make it another offseason without losing an NBA Draft prospect. Forward Gani Lawal, who led the ACC in rebounding as a sophomore, will enter his name in the draft without hiring an agent, the school announced Monday.

The only surprise is that Lawal lasted two seasons — and that freshman Iman Shumpert hasn't followed him to the draft waters (yet?).

Of the 10 one-and-done players in ACC history, five went to Georgia Tech (Stephon Marbury, Chris Bosh, Dion Glover, Javaris Crittenton and Thad Young).

Lawal's news interrupts what has been a lull in ACC declarations. With the deadline looming on Sunday, it's sure to pickup.

The UNC duo of Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington and Duke's Gerald Henderson, are all expected to leave for the NBA but have been silent.

A UNC spokesman said Monday there was no update on Lawson or Ellington. A Duke spokesman said Henderson "was still in the process of evaluating his options."

What we know (testing players have until June 15 to withdraw their names):

James Johnson, Wake Forest
Brandon Costner, N.C. State

Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech
Dwayne Collins, Miami

Ed Davis, UNC
Trevor Booker, Clemson
Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Kyle Singler, Duke
Solomon Alabi, Florida State

Ty Lawson, UNC
Wayne Ellington, UNC
Gerald Henderson, Duke

-- J.P. Giglio