Knicks Draft Iman Shumpert In First Round

New York, June 23, 2011 - The New York Knickerbockers have drafted guard Iman Shumpert from Georgia Tech with the 17th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

"We are pleased to add Iman to the Knicks," President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh said. "He is a tremendous athlete, with an incredible work ethic. Offensively, he can play both backcourt spots and defend three different positions."

Shumpert, 6-4, 215-pounds, was an early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA Draft who played three seasons with Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his collegiate career for the Yellow Jackets as the 11th all-time assist leader (382) and ranks fourth in steals (207). As a junior during the 2010-11 season, the 20-year-old Illinois native averaged 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals (sixth in nation) in 31 games. His honors included All-ACC Second Team and All-ACC Defensive Team selections.

"We are very excited to have Iman," Head Coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He is one of the better athletes in this draft who can play multiple positions. He will fit in nicely with what we are doing here, defensively and offensively."