Four Yellow Jackets wait for names to be called

ATLANTA - The workouts are finished. Now the waiting begins.

The NBA conducts its annual draft tonight and four former Yellow Jackets are among those hoping to hear their name.

Point guard Jarrett Jack, who agonized over his decision to turn pro early, is the only one expected to be selected in the first round. Though some predraft projections consider Jack a possibly lottery pick, it seems more likely that he'll be picked late in the first round.

Guards Will Bynum and B.J. Elder and center Luke Schenscher could go in the second - and final - round. None is guaranteed to be selected tonight, though all should get invited to NBA camps.

Assistant hired

Former Georgia Southern basketball star Charlton Young joined the Georgia Tech coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Paul Hewitt announced Monday.

Young, who spent last season as associate head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, replaces Cliff Warren, who left Tech to become head coach at Jacksonville


"Charlton bring a great deal of enthusiasm to our staff and program. He has a great reputation for working with point guards and is an excellent defensive coach," Hewitt said.

Young, 33, coached at Auburn from 1994-97 and 2000-04. He also worked at Jacksonville (1997-99).

He starred at Southern from 1989 to 1993 and still holds school records for assists and 3-pointers.

Little help

The new NBA labor deal prevents high school basketball players from making the jump directly to the pros.

But it remains to be seen if the deal means more stars in college basketball.

"The only thing I'm concerned about is this will lead guys to prep school. Is that going to count as a year out? Go to high school, go to prep school and then go pro," Hewitt said.

Hewitt said he would have liked to see the NBA adopt a 20-year-old age limit. The limit is now 19 and players must spent a year out of high school.

"We're downplaying education. It's a great idea to really make these kids go to college - at least for a year," he said. "College is still the safest way to ensure a lifetime of earning."

Jackson signs

The Austin Jackson saga is finally over. The Tech basketball signee has signed with the Yankees, eliminating the small chance that Jackson could end up on the Yellow Jackets' campus.

Jackson, an eighth-round pick, left Yankees camp last week to re-think his decision to forego college basketball for professional baseball.