Waiting game for Shumpert

Former Huskie expected to become first NBA draftee from Oak Park in 10 years

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

In just a couple of weeks, Oak Parker and 2008 OPRF High School graduate Iman Shumpert will know his hoops fate.

Currently, Shumpert is projected to be taken early in the second round of June 23rd's NBA draft. The 6-5, 220-pound point guard, who left Georgia Tech early and has reportedly hired an agent, took part in the pre-draft combine in Chicago last month. At the event, 54 invited players underwent full medical examinations and were interviewed by specific teams. Some players also conducted an optional public workout. According to Draftexpress.com, "Iman Shumpert stole the show at the combine, looking like clearly the most physically gifted player in this entire draft class."

The former McDonald's All-American averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets during his junior season.

If his NBA aspirations are fulfilled, Shumpert will be the first basketball player from Oak Park or River Forest drafted by the NBA since Bryan Bracey was selected in the second round (57th overall) in 2001. Bracey, who went on to play for the Oregon Ducks after his time at OPRF, was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs, who released him in 2002.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 6:29 PM

It would be great to see Iman Shumpert wearing a Bulls uniform next season. The team has two picks in the first round and an early second rounder. I hope Gar Foreman gives a local guy and fine talent a long look. Good luck, Iman!

D. Houlihan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 5:04 PM

Aside from his athletic skills, I would like to say he is a humble, dedicated, and kind young man, with a lovely family. While he was still at OPRF, Iman went out of his way to be supportive of my elementary school basketball player. Congratulations to Iman.

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