Given Sunday’s deadline to pull his name out of the draft and return to school, Shumpert would have had time to participate in only one workout, this weekend in New Jersey. He has been working out, both individually and with coaches, but also was continuing his studies. He was up until 3 a.m. Tuesday studying for a psychology final.
Shumpert is taking on considerable risk, particularly if he falls into the second round or goes undrafted. Only first-round picks receive guaranteed contracts in the NBA. A lockout — which many predict will happen — would throw the offseason and next season into uncertainty.
On the other hand, the threat of a lockout may boost Shumpert’s chances of jumping into the first round. The threat has undoubtedly helped convince many potential draftees to stay in school. Potential lottery picks, including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Baylor’s Perry Jones, have decided to return to campus.
“He is a guy that I think is going to move up in draft status as the workouts come,” Gregory said. “I think he’ll be very, very impressive in those.”
Shumpert said the possibility of a lockout at first was a factor, but then he decided that if a lockout occurred, he could stay with his parents and work out on his own. Shumpert also said that, given the numbers that he put up this season, the only way he could improve his stock as a senior would be to win big. As a junior, Shumpert became the fourth player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Tech went 13-18 and finished 5-11 in the ACC, leading to coach Paul Hewitt’s dismissal.
“I feel like that’s the only thing I can show, that I can lead a team, and I feel like I can,” Shumpert said.