Georgia Tech's Shumpert first-round pick of Knicks

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert, who entered his name in the NBA Draft following his recently-completed junior season with the Yellow Jackets, was made the 17th pick of the first round on Thursday night by the New York Knicks at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Shumpert is the 18th Georgia Tech player to be selected in the first round of the draft, and the 16th since 1989. Shumpert also is just the second Tech player ever selected by the Knicks (Dave Denton, 6th round, 1960).

The 6-5, 222-pound guard from Oak Park, Ill., impressed scouts at the recent NBA draft combined and worked out for several teams, but the Knicks selected the 2011 ACC All-Defensive team performer for his defensive skills and physical ability. His draft projections varied greatly, from a high of No. 17 in the first round to New York to as low at No. 51 to Portland. An projection by Scott Howard-Cooper had Shumpert going No. 43 overall to his hometown Chicago Bulls, and another projection made him the 23rd pick overall to Houston.

A second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2011, Shumpert finished his career No. 32 on Georgia Tech's all-time scoring list with 1,166 points. He also climbed to 11th place on Tech's career list for assists (382) and 4th in steals (207).

In 2011, he achieved a rare feat by becoming only the fourth player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring (17.3 points per game), rebounds (5.9), assists (3.5) and steals (2.7). He ranked fourth in the conference in scoring average, 15th in rebound average, 10th in assists and first in steals. He also was among the top 10 in free throw and field goal percentages.

He scored in double figures 55 times in 92 career games, and recorded the fourth triple-double in Tech history against Virginia Tech on Jan. 25, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists. It is the only triple-double ever for a Tech player against an ACC opponent.

It is the second straight year that a Tech player has been selected in the first round. Derrick Favors, a 6-10 forward from Atlanta, was taken in the first round last year by New Jersey and then traded at mid-season of his rookie year to Utah. Other recent first-round choices include forward Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia) and point guard Javaris Crittenton (Los Angeles) in 2007, point guard Jarrett Jack (Portland) in 2006, and forward Chris Bosh (Toronto) in 2003.

Seven Georgia Tech alumni were active on NBA rosters in the 2010-11 season, including Bosh (now with Miami), Will Bynum (Detroit), Jack (now with New Orleans), Gani Lawal (Phoenix), Anthony Morrow (New Jersey), Young and Mario West (New Jersey).