Jeff Green Stays in Draft, Georgetown Loses Automatic Final Four Bid

Jeff Green has announced that he will forego his senior year at Georgetown and stay in the NBA Draft, apparently liking his draft position enough to give up a legitimate chance for a Final Four repeat. Earlier in the process, Green’s former teammate Roy Hibbert announced that he would go back to Georgetown in order to prepare more for the NBA game and to compete for a second straight Final Four birth.

Projected to be picked anywhere between 5 and 12, some scouts were curious to see if Green could get himself any higher on the draft board for next year’s draft if he went back to school. Deciding that his stock has peaked, Green leaves Georgetown as the reigning Big East Player of the Year after averaging 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Hawes Staying In Draft

University of Washington center Spencer Hawes has also announced that he will stay in the draft. The 7-footer leaves Washington after a single season where he averaged almost 15 points per game and was named to the Pac-10 All Freshman Team.

Hawes has worked out for Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Minnesota and Sacramento and will meet with Atlanta later this week. He, like Green, is projected to go anywhere between number 5 and number 12.

Other Draft Notes

Colorado State power forward Jason Smith will remain in the draft, leaving after three years with the Rams.

Illinois center Shaun Pruitt, George Washington guard Maureece Rice, Mississippi State forward Charles Rhodes, Baylor guard Aaron Bruce and Virginia guard Sean Singletary have all decided to withdraw from the draft and go back to their respective schools.

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