May 24, 2007
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech basketball player Javaris Crittenton has decided to keep his name in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft, the freshman guard said Thursday.
“I’d like to announce that I will remain in the 2007 NBA draft and forgo my college eligibility,” Crittenton said. “I’ve met with my family, as well as Coach Hewitt, and everyone has given me their support and blessing. I see this as an opportunity, and I plan to put my best foot forward and give it my all. I’d like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and fans for a great time at Georgia Tech.”
The 6-5 player ends his Yellow Jacket career following a freshman year in which he tied for the team scoring lead at 14.4 points a game and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists at 5.8 per game. He helped lead Tech to a 20-12 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“Based on the positive feed back we have received, Javaris and his family have decided he will keep his name in the NBA draft,” said Tech Coach Paul Hewitt. “We support Javaris’ decision and wish him well as he seeks to fulfill a lifelong dream.”
Crittenton becomes the seventh Tech underclassman to formally enter the NBA draft, joining Dennis Scott (1990), Kenny Anderson (1991), Stephon Marbury (1996), Dion Glover (1999), Chris Bosh (2003) and Jarrett Jack (2005).