Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack and Derrick Favors all had Paul Hewitt’s blessings when they left Georgia Tech for the NBA as underclassman.
Iman Shumpert, however, was different. With an NBA lockout looming and the chance to be a lottery pick in the 2012 draft, Shumpert was advised by his college coach to stick around one more year.
“I thought it was the right thing to do,” Hewitt said on Friday. “But when I saw him today I told him he made the right decision.”
Hewitt, now in his first season at George Mason, was at the Verizon Center on Friday but departed at halftime and thus wasn’t around to see his former player rally the Knicks to a 99-96 victory over the Wizards. Shumpert started the second half at point guard in place of Toney Douglas and over the final two quarters he totaled six points, seven assists and four steals.