Former OPRF basketball star Iman Shumpert (2008) is apparently going to explore playing in the NBA next season.
Shumpert, a junior at Georgia Tech who led his team in scoring with 17 points per game this season, tweeted last week, "Ok...I've decided to test the waters and put my name in the 2011 NBA Draft." The message went out in the middle of a Georgia Tech news conference announcing the hiring of Brian Gregory as the Yellow Jackets' new head coach.
"I reached this decision before meeting the new coach...i didn't know I was meeting him today," Shumpert tweeted.
ESPN.com reported that the former Huskie hadn't hired an agent, allowing the possibility that he may return to play for Georgia Tech for his senior year.
"It's in his best interests to do that with the junior year he had," said Gregory, who coached at Dayton for eight seasons, of Shumpert's decision to explore his draft possibilities.
DraftExpress.com has Shumpert projected as the fifth player to go in the second round, while NBADraft.net does not put him into consideration to be drafted.
Shumpert led the Yellow Jackets in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this season, but the team finished 13-18 overall.