Tech's Jarrett Jack to stay in NBA Draft

ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack waited until the last minute Tuesday, mulling his future and tempting Georgia Tech fans until the very end.

But when the 5 p.m. deadline for underclassmen to remove their names from the NBA Draft passed, Jack remained in the June 28 draft.

And Tech fans remained disappointed.

"It was a tough, hard decision, but after talking with my family and my coaches, I felt like the best thing for me to do was keep my name in the draft," Jack said

in a statement released by the school Tuesday evening.

"I've loved my three years at Georgia Tech and I appreciate everything the people here - the coaches and the fans - have done for me. And I will fulfill my academic requirements."

Jack will hold a press conference this afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

In the final days before Tuesday's deadline, several Internet outlets reported that Jack had decided to withdraw from the draft, fueling speculation that he would return to Tech for his senior season.

The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder is projected as a mid- to late-first-round selection in next week's draft. But Jack did not receive a first-round guarantee from any team before opting to remain in the draft.

Jack worked out for Charlotte, Toronto, Minnesota, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also participated in testing at the Chicago pre-draft camp, but did not play in the invitation-only gathering.

"I support Jarrett in his decision. He has spoken to many of the decision-makers in the NBA and goes into this with his eyes wide open," Tech head coach Paul Hewitt said in the statement. "I've been impressed with how mature he has been throughout the process and expect him to be very successful in the NBA."

Hewitt, reached Tuesday evening, said the decision process was draining for his point guard and Jack wanted to take some time to clear his head before meeting with the press.

Hewitt declined to comment further on the situation, choosing to defer until today's press conference.

The decision, coupled with point guard recruit Austin Jackson's decision to sign with the New York Yankees, leaves the Yellow Jackets' backcourt depleted. Sophomore Zam Fredrick is likely to start at point guard.