Iman Shumpert, a senior guard for the OPRF High School basketball team, ended months of speculation on Thursday evening when he announced on live television the Division I school he will be attending next fall.
Shumpert, the No. 1 college basketball prospect in the state, chose Georgia Tech over North Carolina and Marquette. His announcement came near the conclusion of “Chicago Tribune Live,” a sports program broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
The 6-foot-4-inch Shumpert, who is rated No. 26 in the country by Rivals.com, said he chose the Yellow Jackets because “Basketball-wise [it’s] a place that I could produce, and it’s a good opportunity for me because right now they’re short on guards.”
Shumpert went on to say that he doesn’t feel any added pressure going into his final high school basketball season.
“I don’t think there’s much pressure at all. If I take it the wrong way it could be pressure but I feel most of the attention is gone now,” he said. “By making this decision I can focus more on my high school season.”
Shumpert even made mention of OPRF’s showdown against cross-town rival Fenwick this season when Tribune columnist and Fenwick alum Rick Morrissey brought up the school.
“Dec. 20th,” mumbled Shumpert, referring to the date in which the rivals meet this season at OPRF. Shumpert then grinned.