May 3, 2005
ATLANTA (AP) -- One day apart, Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack and Atlanta-area prep star Louis Williams will announce their plans for next season -- college or pro?
Jack, who guided to the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA championship game in 2004, is considering whether to enter the NBA draft or return for his senior season. He called a news conference for Thursday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
"I'm not sure exactly what he's going to do," coach Paul Hewitt said when reached on his cell phone Tuesday night. "If he decides to come back, I've told him I'll learn how to put up with him for another year. If he decides to leave, he'll have our full support."
Williams plans a news conference on Wednesday at South Gwinnett High School, where he starred the past four years. While the 6-foot-2 guard signed to play at Georgia next season, he made it clear all along that he would strongly consider jumping straight to the NBA.
The 6-foot-3 Jack led Georgia Tech in scoring as a junior, averaging 15.5 points for a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jack has spent countless hours working on his shot, which showed last year when he led the Yellow Jackets in 3-point shooting (44 percent). He's a strong, physical player who can muscle up defensively or help out on the boards.
"Jarrett Jack has done some very positive things at Georgia Tech that got him in this position," Hewitt said.
There are questions about Jack's quickness. If he decides to go pro, most NBA draft prognosticators believe he would be picked in the latter half of the first round. He'd likely go later than quicker point guards such as Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Chris Paul of Wake Forest and Deron Williams of Illinois.
There's a good chance that Jack could enter the draft but not hire an agent. That would allow him to work out for the pro scouts, evaluate where he might be picked and still keep the option of returning to Georgia Tech.
Early entries have until June 21 -- a week before the draft -- to withdraw their names, as long as they haven't hired an agent.
In the most telling indication of which way Jack might be leaning, Hewitt said, "I don't think Thursday will be definitive."
"I think he's genuinely up in the air," the coach added. "He enjoys college."
The biggest knock against Louis Williams is his size. He's built like a point guard, but his skills are more suited for the shooting guard position.
Some draft previews have Williams dropping into the second round, which would probably make a season or two with the Bulldogs a better option.
Jarret Jack helped Georgia Tech to the 2004 Final Four.