By Brad Spencer
Iman Shumpert is returning to OPRF High School this summer.
The New York Knicks guard, who made his debut in the NBA this season, will host a youth basketball camp at his high school alma mater June 22-24.
The 2008 OPRF graduate, who is currently recovering from surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 1 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against Miami, is holding the camp for both girls and boys going into fifth through eighth grades.
Shumpert says he's eager to develop young athletes who have an interest in the sport, while also giving back to the community he grew up in.
"This is the first year for the camp so I wanted to focus on younger boys and girls who are deciding which sports they want play in high school," he said. "If they like playing basketball at my camp, we may have helped a new generation of kids love the sport.
"I decided to donate [the] camp proceeds to organizations in need of support. I am still figuring out where the money will go specifically but it will be given to a few different groups to help kids in need."
The cost for the camp is $175 per camper and includes lunch each day, a T-shirt, a reversible jersey for games, a photo with Shumpert, awards and instruction from some of the top coaches in the region. The academy will run daily from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
"I am looking forward to giving back to the community that has given me so much," said Shumpert, who was recently named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. "I hope we can help the kids improve their basketball game and have fun."
As for his recovery from an injury that also plagued the Bulls' Derrick Rose in the playoffs, Shumpert says he's on the right path to getting back on the court.
"I feel good. I am doing about four hours of physical rehab each day at the Knicks facility in New York. I am working very hard this off-season so that I can be 100 percent when I get back on the court."
Shumpert, who averaged 9.5 points and 1.7 steals per game his first year in the pros, added that he's happy to be playing for the Knicks.
"I think that playing with my New York Knicks teammates has been my favorite part of playing in the NBA. I like the level of competition that each guy brings to practice and the games. I have learned a ton from the veterans like Carmelo, Amar'e and Tyson and they certainly helped along the way in my rookie season."
To sign-up for Shumpert's youth basketball camp, visit Imanshumpert.com.
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