By Brad Spencer
“He is supposed to be there. We are hoping nothing arises that will not allow for his attendance. It should be a fun night.” -- OPRF boys basketball head coach Matt Maloney
Maloney was talking about 2008 OPRF High School graduate Iman Shumpert’s return to the school’s field house this Friday night for a ceremony to retire his jersey No. 32.
Shumpert, a 6-foot-5 point guard who played three seasons with Georgia Tech, was drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks last June. Due to the NBA lockout, he’s had to spend his time working out and honing his basketball skills.
Shumpert started for the OPRF varsity basketball team three-straight years under head coach Al Allen. During his senior year of high school, the former Huskie averaged 15 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. He led the Huskies to three-straight West Suburban (Silver) Conference titles and a regional championship over cross-town rival Fenwick. One memorable performance by Shumpert was in February of 2008 against Hinsdale Central. Shumpert scored 20 points – 13 in the final period – to lead the Huskies to a 78-61 victory. He slam-dunked four of his baskets that night.
While at Georgia Tech, Shumpert averaged 17 points per game during his junior year before declaring for the NBA. Scouts have described him as “extremely athletic and fast,” but also “turnover prone.”
The Huskies, who are riding a 3-0 start to the season, host Downers Grove North in both their home opener and West Suburban (Silver) Conference opener this Friday night (7:30 p.m.). The ceremony for Shumpert is scheduled for halftime.
UPDATE: Shumpert made mention of attending the number retirement ceremony at OPRF this Friday in his Lockout Diary he's been keeping for the New York Post.
Apparently he was watching T.V. in a recording studio at 3 a.m. in Atlanta of all places when he heard the news that an agreement had been reached between the players union and the NBA. Shumpert has since flown down to Bradenton, Fla., to train at the IMG Academy. He said he plans to train with Amare Stoudemire in Miami this weekend, but ...
"I also plan to head back home to Oak Park, Ill., Friday night for my jersey being retired at my high school, Oak Park River Forest."
Click here to read the full diary entry.