CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Hollis Thompson #1 of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on after a shot against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Georgetown's Hollis Thompson Pulls Out Of 2011 NBA Draft, Returns For Junior Season

Hollis Thompson, who averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game off the bench as a sophomore for Georgetown last season, has pulled out of the 2011 NBA Draft and will return to school.

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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson Pulls Out Of 2011 NBA Draft, Returns For Junior Season

Georgetown basketball forward Hollis Thompson has elected to pull out of the NBA Draft and return for his junior season, according to a report by Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. The move isn't a huge surprise, given that Thompson wasn't on most 2011 NBA Draft boards. But as recently as several hours ago, Thompson's status was up in the air leading up to the 11:59 p.m. deadline on May 8.

Thompson's return is a boon to a Georgetown team that was already losing seniors Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Julian Vaughn, as well as backups Vee Sanford and Jerrelle Benimon to transfer. Thompson will likely be a featured player next season, along with guard Jason Clark. Thompson averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds as a reserve last season, as he lost his starting spot to Nate Lubick. He would probably start at small forward next season along with Lubick.

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Georgetown's Hollis Thompson To Enter 2011 NBA Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

Georgetown basketball is losing several key players from a team that looked poised to do some damage in the NCAA Tournament before Chris Wright's late-season injury. Now, they could lose one more. Backup forward Hollis Thompson, who averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds last season, has elected to put his name into the draft, according to the school. 

Via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post:

#Hoyas G/F Hollis Thompson has put his name into NBA draft, but will not hire an agent and thus retains NCAA eligibility, Gtown confirms.    

Thompson has until May 8 to pull back out of the draft and return to school. He was slated to get more of a featured role with the graduation of Wright, Austin Freeman and Julian Vaughn, so for him to actually declare would be curious. It's more likely that he's trying to see what his NBA prospects might be so he can return and work on improving his weaknesses.

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