Nov. 15, 2007
ATLANTA – Iman Shumpert, a 6-4 guard from Oak Park, Ill., ranked among the nation’s top 30 seniors, signed a national letter-of-intent Thursday to play college basketball at Georgia Tech, head basketball coach Paul Hewitt announced.
Shumpert is rated No. 15 among the nation’s senior players by Scout.com and No. 26 by Rivals.com. He averaged 15 points his junior season at Oak Park and River Forest High School before missing the latter part of the season recovering from a broken elbow he suffered in February.
“Iman (pronounced ee-MON) is an outstanding student-athlete, and we feel fortunate that he’s decided to attend Georgia Tech,” said Hewitt. “He’s a very unselfish player who has outstanding shooting ability, and he has excellent size for a point guard.”
Al Allen, Shumpert’s high school coach, said in a Chicago Sun-Times report, “I never saw a kid improve so much between his sophomore and junior years. Iman has an uncanny ability to shoot the three-point shot. But he’d rather win games and pass the ball and not shoot so much. I have to push him to shoot more.”
Shumpert grew to his present height from 5-7 as a freshman, and made a similar leap from being an unheralded guard to a top national prospect in the last year.