Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The OPRF grad and New York Knick slammed home a put-back dunk in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.
Oak Park native Iman Shumpert got a fair amount of publicity his rookie season for his strong perimeter defense, and later for tearing his ACL in the first game of the playoffs, the same day Derrick Rose did. And though the Chicago Bulls' star is still on the bench, Shumpert has been playing since January and last week got even more publicity after slamming home what's likely the dunk of the playoffs. The Knicks' Chris Copeland missed a shot off the back of the rim, and no Pacers player went for the rebound. That opened a lane for Shumpert, who flew through the paint, caught the ball with one hand and threw down a big-time dunk. Check it out on YouTube in the video above. Shumpert finished with 15 points to help the Knicks to a 105-79 …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
OPRF grad, Knicks star returns home and pays it forward.
Since falling victim to a debilitating ACL injury during the first round of this season's NBA Playoffs, Oak Park native Iman Shumpert has been busy. He's secured a new $9,200-per-month apartment in New York City, laid down a pair of rap tracks and celebrated his 22nd birthday. And rehab on the knee is apparently going better than expected. But he's not too bogged down in the superstar-standout-rookie-sensation lifestyle to pay a visit home, which is just what he did last week. Wednesday Journal has the details about the recent Shumpert Youth Basketball Camp, held at Oak Park-River Forest High School for middle and high school players. The sessions wrapped up over the weekend and a similar camp is now underway in New York. And before the …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Knee injury deals a blow to local hoops hero Iman Shumpert.
It was a bad weekend for fans of homegrown hoops superstars. During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, of Oak Park, and Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, were racked by season-ending injuries. Shumpert, 21 and a 2008 graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School, was injured in third quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Miami Heat. ESPN has the video of the injury. According to multiple media reports, Shumpert injured his left ACL and lateral meniscus and is expected to be “out until the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, at the earliest,” ESPN reports. Former OPRF basketball coach Al Allen told Wednesday Journal that Shumpert's work ethic could have him back on the…
Monday, March 12, 2012
OPRF grad, New York Knicks star visits with friends and family before squaring off against the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
OPRF grad making a believer out of the Big Apple.
New York Knicks rookie point guard Iman Shumpert is confident in his skills on the court. Are you surprised? He's not. In a recent Wednesday Journal article, he's quoted responding to the hounding New York sports reporters who've asked if the 21-year-old is nervous in the spotlight. "I don't have a reason to be nervous," he tells them. "It's just basketball. I've been wanting to be in the NBA all my life, and now I'm here. I don't see a point in being nervous." Earlier: Shumpert Heading to Knicks Shumpert, a 2008 graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School, has been a breakout star in the Big Apple despite battling some injuries and lingering doubt from Knicks fans. Tim Rohan of the New York Times wrote in a Jan. 7 article after the team…
Saturday, December 3, 2011
In front of famous alum, Huskies continue winning streak.
On Iman Shumpert Night, the Oak Park-River Forest High School boys basketball team showed the guest of honor it can play some defense. Here's Patch's coverage of Friday's game.
Undefeated Huskies rout Downers Grove North 52-34, retire Iman Shumpert's No. 32.
On Iman Shumpert Night, the Oak Park-River Forest High School boys basketball team showed the guest of honor it can play some defense. The Huskies held Downers Grove North scoreless in the first quarter en route to a 52-34 victory in a West Suburban Conference Silver Division opener Friday night in Oak Park. OPRF retired Shumpert’s No. 32 jersey in a halftime ceremony. The former all-stater and Georgia Tech star was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He wore his high school letterman’s jacket and watched the first half from the front row. “We tried to make it a special night for him as well as for the community,” OPRRF coach Matt Maloney said. “That was something that was weighing on our mind. We …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Teambuilding jam session brings boys, girls and Special Olympics teams together at OPRF.
From OPRF varsity hoops coach Matt Maloney. Thanks for the e-mail, Coach. Mike Carmody, the founder of Opportunity Knocks and Special Education teacher at the high school, organized a 5 on 5 basketball tournament. The tournament consisted of teams with member of the boys’, girls’ and Special Olympics’ basketball programs at the school. Along with these players, the athletes were greeted by a special guest, NBA 1st rounder and former Huskie, Iman Shumpert. Iman joined the pink squad and quickly added to the highlights of the day that included three alley-oops to Iman from Special Olympics’ players. The event ended with everyone gathering for pizza and building relationships. The theme for the day was “One Day. One Team.” Mike Carmody …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Former OPRF hoops star and global pop sensation pair up, clown around at charity basketball game.
Iman Shumpert is many things: OPRF basketball legend, hometown hero and freshly drafted, highly anticipated NBA draft pick for the the New York Knicks. And now, he's a Belieber. A video circulating the web shows Shumpert, 21, donning a mask of the Canadian teen sensation and giving the camera a locker room pep talk, of sorts. (Via Deadspin and Posting & Toasting) "Team Bieber and all that. We win," he says. Bieber joined Shumpert and several NBA stars over the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta for LudaDay, a celebrity charity basketball game thrown by another celebrated former Huskie, Ludacris. Shumpert, an All-American at OPRF, was selected as the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft back in June. He pledged "to work like I’ve never worked …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Knicks select Oak Park native in the first round of the NBA draft. Meanwhile, former Fenwick standout Corey Maggette gets traded to Charlotte.
Any hopes Oak Park residents had of watching one of their native sons, Iman Shumpert, play in a Bulls uniform next to Derrick Rose evaporated after the New York Knicks selected the onetime Oak Park-River Forest prep all-American with the 17th overall pick in Thursday night’s 2011 NBA draft. Some NBA draft prognosticators believed Shumpert would have been a good fit for the Bulls, who had two late first-round picks. Although Shumpert played point guard at Georgia Tech—a position Rose already mans in Chicago—and is projected to play both guard positions with the Knicks, analysts thought Shumpert could give the Bulls tough backcourt defense and complement Rose’s athleticism because he, like Rose, has the ability to slash to the basket. Prior …