Shumpert Cuts List To Three

It was time for Iman Shumpert to slice his list again. The standout from Illinois will play in either the Big East or ACC.

Iman Shumpert, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Oak Park & River Forest near Chicago, has trimmed his list to three schools.'s No. 15 prospect in the Class of 2008 made calls to the programs that did make the cut over the last few days.

Receiving notice that they were no longer under consideration were the staffs at Illinois, Clemson, Bradley and Notre Dame.

And the finalists: Georgia Tech, Marquette and North Carolina.

"It was relationships with the head coach and the way I feel they could develop me at the next level and the type of program and the type of kids I'd be around," Shumpert said of his criteria for keeping the three he did alive.

Though he doesn't have any official visit dates set, that's clearly the next step for Shumpert. "I'm going to take officials and get a feel for every school."

Here's the breakdown by school. Keep in mind Georgia Tech has been on him the longest, Marquette is the closest to home and UNC is the most recent offer.

"Georgia Tech is in a big city," Shumpert said. "They have a good school academically and athletically their program is good. It's the ACC, big time exposure and you get to play against the best.

"Coach Hewitt is a player's coach. Out of all the people I talk to they said they wouldn't want to play for anyone but Coach Hewitt. Plus, he's very stable with his contract."

Marquette has Dwyane Wade, the Chicagoan who paved the pipeline to Tom Crean's program and it's a point they are selling. "They use him as the model somewhat. They want to develop an NBA player like Dwyane Wade and they've already done it."

In addition to the hometown hook, Shumpert sees the Golden Eagles as his best choice should he opt to stay reasonably close to home though he stresses it's not the most important aspect.

"(Being close is important) a little bit but not much," Shumpert said. "That's not going to be a big factor. I felt like I was going to stay home that was the best school and option for me in the Midwest."

North Carolina has been forming a relationship but it wasn't until a scholarship offer was addressed that he felt comfortable with the Heels. "I think they were making up ground early. But with no offer I wasn't willing to even mention them sometimes. Until an offer was down I wasn't going to pay them much attention. When they offered they came into the picture.

He felt UNC's chances of winning big were a plus. "It's just being able to play with the best players in the country and knowing that you'll be able to compete for a national championship every year at North Carolina."

Realizing Shumpert is no where close to a final decision, we asked him: given the information you possess, if you had to decide immediately could you do it?

"Information yes, but I don't know if I could do it. It would be a random pick. I wouldn't be able to make a good one (like I want to). I don't feel like I could make a bad decision now but off the information – I think all the schools are pretty sturdy – but it would be a random decision."

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