Louisville officially became the team to beat in the Big East next season when Georgetown juniors Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert declared themselves eligible for the NBA Draft on Friday.
Green earned was named Big East Player of the Year and earned All-American honors after averaging 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season. He leaves Georgetown as the 17th leading scorer in school history with 1,339 points.
The 7-foot-2, 278-pound Hibbert was named to the All-Big East first team after averaging 12.9 points per game and leading Georgetown with 6.9 boards per contest and 90 blocked shots.
"Both young men have worked extremely hard to position themselves for this opportunity," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "They have begun a process of information gathering which is necessary for them to make educated decisions."
The complete list of players who have officially declared for the '07 Draft is as follows:
Arron Afflalo, SG, UCLA
Corey Brewer, SG, Florida
Roy Bright, G, Delaware State
Wilson Chandler, F, DePaul
Chris Daniels, C, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Glen Davis, F, LSU
Kevin Durant, F, Texas
Jeff Green, SF, Georgetown
Taurean Green, PG, Florida
DeVon Hardin, C, California
Spencer Hawes, C, Washington
Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
Al Horford, PF, Florida
Petteri Koponen, PG, Finland
Dominic McGuire, F, Fresno State
Josh McRoberts, F, Duke
Joakim Noah, F/C, Florida
Greg Oden, C, Ohio State
Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State
Marcus Williams, SF, Arizona
Julian Wright, F, Kansas
Nick Young, SG, USC
I have no idea why Earl Clark keeps popping up on these "undecided" lists, considering that there's no way he would be drafted, and that he's already said he's coming back. I suppose it's one of those deals where one person randomly drops a name so dozens more do the same thing.
Best of luck to Green and Hibbert, two players whose games and attitudes I admired greatly during their three years of college ball.