Posts Tagged ‘high school basketball

24
Jan
08

OPRF Basketball and Iman Shumpert on TV tonight (in the Chicagoland area)

Tonight at 7:00 central time Oak Park River Forest will take on Glenbard West. OPRF features the Illinois’ top-ranked player and future Georgia TechYellow Jacket, Iman Shumpert.

If you live in the metro Chicago area you can see the game on Comcast SportsNet at 7:00 pm tonight. Iman is a lot of fun to watch live and it will be exciting to see him on TV. High school games are short compared to pro games so watching isn’t too much of a commitment. I highly recommend checking it out.

UPDATE:  Huskies won a close one, 55-49.  It was a really good game.  Ultimately Oak Park’s athleticism and full-court pressure defense did in Glenbard.  Both Iman and Northwestern-bound Glenbard star John  Shurna played extremely well.  The lanky Shurna was close to unstoppable on offense with 24 pts and 10 boards.  Shumpert came up big on both ends of the court and buried consecutive 3-pointers on three straight possessions at one point.  He had 20 pts, 5 boards and 3 steals and hit some clutch free throws at the end of the 4th with the game still very close.  Assists apparently weren’t recorded but he had a good number of those as well.  OPRF’s Daniel Barnes also had a strong second half and an incredibly athletic up and under play to keep the Huskies ahead late in the 4th.

The one other thing I noticed watching the game was that Glenbard’s team needs to find a weight room.  I know these are high school kids and all but damn they were skinny.

19
Oct
07

Oak Park – Shumpert Declares

Iman Shumpert of Oak Park River Forest High School – my very own alma mater – announced the he will attend Georgia Tech next year. 

He was recruited by most of the biggest programs in the country, but narrowed the schools he was considering down to GT, Marquette, and North Carolina.  In the end not even Dwayne Wade’s personal recruiting phone calls could convince him to head to Marquette.  Georgia Tech will hopefully be a great fit for him.  Congratulations Iman!

I’m good friends with Iman’s brother, Odis, and while I don’t know Iman personally, I’m excited for him and his family.  I’m also excited because he’s by far the biggest thing to come out of OPRF since I was a freshman there back in ’97, and probably long before that.  I remember going to games and watching us get blown out by Corey Maggette back in his Fenwick days and Dee Brown back in his Proviso days.  I’ve watched Iman and the Huskies a couple of times over the last two seasons, but will definitely have to make it back for more games this season. 

Here is a good article about his decision.  Check it out.  It says he announced on Chicago Tribune Live.  I missed that, but if anyone knows where I can see that online please send me the link.




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