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Jeff Green Leaning Towards Returning to Georgetown

Reigning Big East Player of the Year Jeff Green says there is a "70-30" chance he will return to Georgetown for his senior season.

"Right now, 70-30 -- 70 coming back," Green said. "It depends on whether I'm ready. I still have a lot of things I need to work on to play at that level."

Green and fellow junior Roy Hibbert declared themselves eligible for the NBA Draft last week, but neither has hired an agent so they could both return to school if they so choose.

Despite the fact that he said Green is the more NBA-ready player, Hibbert has put the odds of his return at 50-50.

"Do I want to go eight-through-14, or do I want to go top three next year?" Hibbert said. "That does play a factor in my decision."

"I wouldn't want to be at the end of a bench on an NBA team, not being able to develop and show what I can do, so another year here would be great, obviously. But I'm just going to see if Coach thinks I'm ready. I would love to come back and get a national championship banner in here. We were close this year, but next year could be great."

The highly talented duo has until June 18 to withdraw their names if they want to return to Georgetown.

"School is only going to be here four years," Green said. "The NBA will be there forever. You can't just give up that. That's a big thought in this process. Either way, I'm going to come back and get my degree."

I love Jeff Green's game as well as the way he carries himself, and as a college basketball fan I'd be thrilled to see him come back to school for his senior season. Of course the flip side of that coin is that a Green-led Georgetown team would instantly surpass Louisville as the favorites in the Big East next season, and would definitely be one of the preseason favorites to cut down the nets in '08.

Ken Davis of MSNBC wrote earlier this week that the Hoyas should be the undisputed preseason #1 if Green comes back, and that they're still a tam very capable of cutting down the nets even if Hibbert and Green bolt.

The starting lineup on John Thompson III's Final Four team consisted Hibbert (junior), Green (junior), Jonathan Wallace (junior), Jessie Sapp (sophomore) and DaJuan Summers (freshman). Just in case you're unaware of which class is the one that graduates, it's the only one not represented by the five players named above.

Toss in Burger Boys Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, and things start to get even scarier.

The powers that be in the U of L athletic office might want to think seriously about dedicating something else to Denny Crum when/if the Hoyas come to the Hall next season.