Georgetown junior Hollis Thompson will forgo his final season with the Hoyas and declare for the 2012 NBA draft.
Thompson informed Hoyas head coach John Thompson III on Tuesday that he would not return. The rangy wing from Los Angeles entered his name in last year's draft, engaging the pre-draft process to understand where he stacked up. He did not hire an agent and returned for his junior season to combine with Jason Clark to lead the offense for a Georgetown team that was ranked in the top 15 for much of the NCAA basketball season.
After the forward flirted with the draft last year, his announcement came as no surprise to the Hoyas' head coach:
"Hollis returned for his junior year after submitting his name for the 2011 NBA Draft," John Thompson III said. "We fully anticipated he would enter the 2012 draft after this season. He is an extremely hard worker and we wish him the best as he takes his next step."
Behind Clark, Thompson was second on the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game and led the Big East in three-point shooting with a 43 percent mark. His shooting combined with his 6-foot-8 frame makes him an NBA-caliber talent. With both Clark and big man Henry Sims graduating, Thompson decided to move on as well, leaving Georgetown with a team that will be led by a talented and productive sophomore class.
For more on Thompson and reaction to his announcement, visit Casual Hoya.