"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," Shumpert said of why UNC made the cut.
The Tar Heels entered the picture a little later than some of the other schools, but Shumpert said that they called him a few times during the school year. Then, once they offered, they vaulted to near the top of the list.
"I was talking to them during school," he said. "Nobody really knew about it until they came to see me. I developed a relationship with Coach [Roy] Williams."
"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."
Thus far, the Tar Heels have commitments from Larry Drew, a point guard, and Ed Davis, who is a post presence. With Shumpert being able to play both guard positions, the Heels aren't limiting him.
"Coach Williams said he's recruiting me as a guard," Shumpert said. "I'm a player and he said he's not going to pin me down to one position."
Shumpert, a standout at Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest, plans to take official visits to each remaining school. He hasn't set dates, nor has he set a timetable for a final decision.