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Jul
04
2011

Former Georgia Tech basketball player Iman Shumpert makes me eat crow.

Back in May, I posted on the Georgia Tech  Raycom Sport’s blog, that Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert was making a mistake coming out this year. His jumper was average, and his ball-handling simply adequate. Sure he could defend, but he needed another year school. Iman Shumpert went in the 1st round to the New York Knicks  at pick number 17. I’m not sure I’ve been more wrong on any topic on sports this year than I was on this one.

When Shumpert announced he was leaving early he was projected as a 2nd round pick at best, but Iman had several weeks of pre-draft workouts to prove himself. That’s exactly what apparently happened.  Shumpert propelled himself up the draft board, through some outstanding workouts. Now he’s made everyone out there including myself eat the crow. The Georgia Tech fan in me, doesn’t mind having some bird. I’m happy that Shumpert is another NBA Draft Choice from Georgia Tech, but I just never saw it coming.

Shumpert still has doubters. The less than enthusiastic response from the NY Knicks fans in attendance means Shumpert’s work is not done. Let me tell you Knick fans, give Iman a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised. I know you need defense, and this is a lock down defender with size. He’s a good rebounder for a guard too.

Does Shumpert need anymore motivation? CNNSI.com ‘s Seth Davis said the Knicks will regret this pick. Best of luck to Iman in proving more people wrong.


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