Cue the Billy Joel: Say goodbye to Hollywood.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson has declared for the NBA draft, according to a university press release (text below). Thompson was the Hoyas’ second-leading scorer this year, and departs the Hilltop as the most accurate three-point shooter in Georgetown history. Barring any unexpected transfers in, Thompson’s decision to declare for the draft means that next year’s roster won’t feature any seniors after classmates Vee Sanford and Jerrelle Benimon both transferred before this year. The junior’s departure means that next year’s team will be shorn of its three leading scorers, as seniors Henry Sims and Jason Clark are set to graduate this May. Thompson, who skipped the spring of his senior year in high school to enroll early at Georgetown in spring of 2009, has accumulated enough credits to graduate in May if he so chooses.
Thompson has yet to sign with an agent, but after his decision to test the draft waters last year, it doesn’t matter for the purposes of returning to school next year as NCAA regulations stipulate a player can only declare for the draft twice while retaining eligibility. Last year he was a mid-to-late second-round pick at best and, while he might have improved (that’s more a question for NBA scouts and less for us), this year’s draft class is one of the best and deepest in recent memory and it doesn’t seem like Hollis has improved so drastically that he’s worked his way out of that range. As it stands right now, Thompson is probably going to have to impress teams in private workouts and/or the NBA combine to work himself firmly into the second round.
More updates to come, but for now the full text of Georgetown’s press release — which does an admirable job of playing up Thompson’s accomplishments — is after jump.