Shumpert on Michigan's 08 Radar

Illinois guard Iman Shumpert is a youngster that has recently shot up the 2008 target list for the Michigan wolverines. He is currently receiving attention from a number Big Ten schools and list is growing by the day. He speaks with GoBlueWolverine about his style of play, how important education is, and his interest in Michigan.

How is your basketball season going?

"Our season is going pretty well right now.  We are 6-1."

Describe your for folks that haven't see you play?

"I like to take what the defense gives me and play in the open court. Right now I play the three position for our team, but when I get the ball I like to freelance a little. The weakness that I need to work on would be guarding smaller guards."

Is that the style you would like to play in college?

"Yes. I would like to make some decisions with the ball and play in a motion style offense. I will be playing the point guard position in college, so I would like to play an in your face and bring it hard type of basketball. That's the way we play at my high school now.  It's an in your face style.  We bring pressure, pressure, and more pressure to the game."

How is recruiting going for you at this time?

"Pretty good.  Both of my parents are enjoying it they are happy about me being able to get an education from it. Right now I have a GPA of 3.0.  Education is very important to my parents."

What colleges have shown you interest?

"Northwestern, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Bradley, Southern Illinois and Nevada."

What kind of interest has Michigan shown you?

"I talked with coach Mike Jackson.  He has been out to see me play.  He seems to be a really nice guy. Me and Coach Jackson also text each other to keep in touch. I am interested in Michigan I would just need to get on campus to visit to see what they are all about."

Have any schools offered you as of yet?

"Yes. Northwestern, Toledo, Southern Illinois and Nevada."

Have you had a chance to visit any colleges?

I had a pretty nice visit at Northwestern with Coach Carmody and I had a chance to visit with coach Bo Ryan and the guys at Wisconsin in the locker room. I also had a chance to visit Bradley. I am trying to get up to see Illinois this Sunday. Coach Bruce Weber was up to see me last Friday."

What are you looking for in your recruiting process?

"I am looking for the best school for me. In terms of the type of coach that I want, it would be someone who will stress academics and athletics equally. I need a head coach that I can have a good relationship with and that will take my game to the next level."

For more on Iman Shumpert check out Dave Telep's recent report.  GoBlueWolverine will have more on this youngster in the coming months.

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