Tech’s Iman Shumpert: Domination on a level I’d never seen

Iman Shumpert flees after a theft from Malcolm Delaney (right). (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

Iman Shumpert flees after a theft from Malcolm Delaney. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

I’ve seen all the famous Georgia Tech point guards: Mark Price, Craig Neal, Kenny Anderson, Travis Best, Stephon Marbury and Jarrett Jack. I’ve seen all of those worthies have fabulous games. I’ve never seen any of them play better at both ends than Iman Shumpert did against Virginia Tech.

Much is being made of Shumpert’s triple double — only the fourth in recorded Tech annals and the first since Anderson against Pitt in December 1989 (I covered that game, incidentally) — but stats didn’t offer the full measure Tuesday night. Even more impressive was this: Shumpert took a very good opponent and destroyed him.

Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney entered the game averaging 18.9 points. When last he played against the Jackets here, he’d scored 32 points in a game that nearly knocked Georgia Tech out of the 2010 NCAA tournament. On this night Delaney managed eight points — two  on a goaltending call — against eight turnovers. Six of Delaney’s eight turnovers were a function of Shumpert steals.

I asked afterward how this defensive masterwork compared to that authored in Round 1 of the NCAA tournament against Oklahoma State’s James Anderson, the Big 12 player of the year. Shumpert said they were close, but that he’d probably pick the one in Milwaukee because “it was my first time in the tournament.”

Me, I actually preferred this one. It’s one thing to clamp down on a shooting guard, which you can do by denying him the ball; it’s something else to harass a seasoned point guard who has the ball in his hands all the time into something approaching surrender. (Four of Delaney’s turnovers, all Shumpert steals, came in the final five minutes.)

The offensive part: That was nice, too. Shumpert had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against one turnover. (Against Anderson and Oklahoma State he’d had only one basket and four assists.) But over time I’ve seen lots of Tech guards dominate games on offense; I’d never seen any of them play so well over the full 94 feet.

You probably knew this already, but after such a night it seems worth saying: Iman Shumpert is one heck of a player.

By Mark Bradley

86 comments Add your comment

Tech!

January 26th, 2011
11:41 am

He is a great player who genuinely cares about Georgia Tech. I hope he gives us another year…this team is gonna be good no matter who the coach is next year. Anyone who cant see positives from this team has not been watching. I just hope they can play better on the road.

Tech!

January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

Oh and first!

D A Double U G

January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

When i think of “Domination at a level I’ve never seen before”……..

I simply think back to Kennesaw State pulling down the Jackets shorts and ripping off their stingers.

ZA

January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

D A DoubleU G

January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

But yes, quite a performance from Shumpert.

Ben and Jerry’s should name an ice cream after him and his performance.

BuzztheKiller

January 26th, 2011
11:43 am

If only he can do it on the road! He can, just got to be more consistent.

GOCOCKS

January 26th, 2011
11:43 am

Still not a tournament team.

Worm

January 26th, 2011
11:44 am

The old ACC ain’t what she used to be!

Outside Observer

January 26th, 2011
11:44 am

Great game by Shumpert and the entire team. If only they could play like this every night. Instead we watch a team that dominates UNC and VT but loses big to Kennesaw. It is a frustrating time to be a fan.

Benjamin

January 26th, 2011
11:45 am

Not so much, ZA. lol

Re: Shumpert and the Jackets, it’s always amusing to me how they play down to certain levels and then, somehow, play up to better teams. Kennesaw St. to UNC, for example…

Shumpert’s a heck of a player. I don’t imagine he’ll go pro after this season because I can’t see him being a lotto pick, and if you’re not a surefire lotto pick, there really isn’t any reason to go pro early. I do think he’ll be in the NBA one day, though, and yeah, he is fun to watch…

Dannyboy

January 26th, 2011
11:47 am

Shumpert is a heck of a talent. Unfortunately, he’s a reflection of his coach. Great performances (great wins by Hewitt) followed by uneven performances (unexplainable losses by Hewitt). If Shumpert could produce on a more consistent level, GT would not only be a better team, he’d be lottery pick.

Mark Bradley

January 26th, 2011
11:47 am

Kudos to you, Tech!

Jacket51

January 26th, 2011
11:52 am

@D A DOUBLEU G……Go somewhere else with that ignorant crap man…. how come I can’t read one article without seeing in the first 10 comments some retarted dawg fan making some ridiculous comment. You dawgs have a horrible reputation as it is, for being ignorant, disrespectful, dumb, and obnoxious….Why are you further supporting the stereotype of your fan base? Makes no sense to me, but then again, most you dawg fans have no sense to begin with…

GTBob

January 26th, 2011
11:53 am

One of the greatest performances I have ever seen as well. Shumpert has a lot of moments where he looks like a great player but last night he looked like the best guard in the country. Watching the game, it just seemed like he was everywhere at all times. He played 38 of the 40 minutes and never seemed to get tired also.

Fish Bisch

January 26th, 2011
11:55 am

Great article. Not.

Jacket51

January 26th, 2011
11:58 am

D A DoubleU G…..does it satisfy you to come on to Tech blogs and articles and say meaningless things that make you look more stupid than you probably already are? And why must you be one of the first 5 to comment on this article? You must have a high interest in Georgia Tech athletics. As bad as UGAs fan base reputation already is…it is morons like you that keep the stereotypes alive. There are probably alot of UGA grads that wish people like you would keep your mouth shut for the sake of the university.

Saint Simon's Shadow

January 26th, 2011
12:00 pm

Jacket51,

Had your little “Saint Simons” never spent a year heckling UGA, nobody would want to annoy you. But you gave me the reaction I wanted, so I am glad it gets under your skin.

Welcome to a BITTER College Rivalry. TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!

Oh, and we beat you this year. In 2 very key sports.

Jacket51

January 26th, 2011
12:03 pm

Isn’t it funny how us Techies have the saying ” TO HELL WITH GEORGIA “…. and the rednecks take it up and make it ” TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH”….. Or when we started playing “All the way turned up” at our games, and then a week later UGA starts playing “All the way turned up” at their games……..If we are so lame and nerdy, you damn sure do like all of our sayings and songs enough to copy it…..how bout you rednecks learn a little creativity and come up with something on your own. Idiots

rduck

January 26th, 2011
12:04 pm

D A DoubleU G: You my friend are always so quick to point out the foolishness of other team fan bloggers who trash talk on an UGA article. So why must you contribute to this crap. Yes, the Kennesaw loss was embarrassing, but it has nothing to do with this article about a kid who played a great game last night. If you don’t want people to tras the DAWGS, then refrain from being part of the problem….

Kennesaw Dawg

January 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

Hey Jacket51, how about this………Why don’t you go back to sleep??

Jacket51

January 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

Oh yea Saint Simons….your name reminds me of how your trashy fan base goes to saint simons every year and completely trashes the beach before the uga v florida game. In fact, i think i remember ajc writing an article about how they had to pick up over 100k lbs of trash off the beach this past year. Some classy people over there in Athens

GTBob

January 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

Just ignore the UGA trolls. They can’t stand positive GT news. It eats at their souls and they don’t know how to act.

juvenal

January 26th, 2011
12:09 pm

best way to stop childish behavior is to ignore it…Mark, you think he’s turned it up because he’s going pro this year?

D A DoubleU G

January 26th, 2011
12:14 pm

My god people.

We insult each other’s athletic teams. It’s child play, I admit. We all do it. It’s fun.

If I were on here talking bad about a player’s family, or life, or one of your families or life, then I would be out of line.

However, Tech prides itself greatly on the fact they hate all things UGA. Don’t act so surprised when there are UGA fans/students/alums who feel EXACTLY the same.

I want every one of your student athletes/fans/students/alumni to do NOTHING but succeed in life. I want you to find happiness, prosperity and make a positive difference wherever and whenever you can.

BUT….. I do not want a single one of Georgia Tech’s athletic teams to EVER taste success. If I ever woke up and read that Georgia Tech was suspending the Athletic department indefinitely, it would be reason to throw the largest party this State has ever seen. I despise the fields and courts you play on.

So just remember, it is SPORTS. I expect you Techies to feel the exact same way about UGA sports. That’s what makes a Rivalry a Rivalry.

Read about it…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_rivalry

3-4

January 26th, 2011
12:14 pm

and…….back to talking about Iman and not ourselves or each other. Aren’t we all attention wh0res. This was a great performance and the young man should be congratulated on every level. He deserves recognition. Congratulations Iman. I hope this performance gives you the confidence to go on a tear from here on out.

WR

January 26th, 2011
12:16 pm

Mark as much flack as I give you on plenty of your post you hit this one dead on. Shumpert played one of the most complete games of any Tech player especially guards. The triple double hype not withstanding, his work on the defensive side of the ball just goes to show how great of a player he could be if the light goes on in his head. A guard that can carry his team and shut down the opponents best scorer at the same time has always carried substantial wait no matter the level at which the play, from highschool to the pros.

Now I’m not sure Hewitt has pointed it out to Shumpert but when a guard of his quality is having an off shooting night he actually can pick his game up on the defensive end, Whereas most guards are told to keep believing and keep shooting, Shumpert can excel at many other aspects of the game to get his confidence back, not many can, if I’m Hewitt, I’m preaching that daily, why, because this is a one in a million guards who gets it on both ends of the floor, now he needs help in realizing it on both ends of the floor.

juvenal

January 26th, 2011
12:18 pm

but since they brought up basketball, it’s also not that common to lose that bad in OT, it’s only 3′……(note: not posted on Jeff’s site)

Skeezix

January 26th, 2011
12:20 pm

He’s a great all around basketball talent.

Mark Bradley

January 26th, 2011
12:23 pm

I don’t see Shumpert listed on any 2011 draft boards. I’d assume he’s staying.

Skeezix

January 26th, 2011
12:24 pm

Rematch at Blacksburg on 2/16: It will be interesting to see if Delaney has an answer on his home court.

Mark Bradley

January 26th, 2011
12:30 pm

I believe college overtimes are five minutes.

Maryland Jacket

January 26th, 2011
12:33 pm

To be fair, the Kennesaw game was the second game in the season. It was somewhat painful to watch us earlier in the season. Now though, it looks like we’re hitting our stride and playing like a team. Just in time for most of ACC play.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:34 pm

Thank Mark.
Another good read.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:35 pm

meant Thanks

Ted M

January 26th, 2011
12:36 pm

Damn – I missed this game. This game and the NC game make all the early loss most perplexing.

What the heck was Hewitt going before?

Ted M

January 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

GTBuzz85

January 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

Shumpert, brilliant play! Congrats to you. You (& Team) were a joy to watch last night!

Ramblinwreck83

January 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

D A DoubleU G

Why do you despise everything about GT? Sounds like a personal problem. By the way, despising everything athletic about a specific school does not make that a rivalry. It’s the long history of deep rooted athletic competition and the right to say your best team in the state.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

Dawgs fans have to post here since their owner, Florida, got them to do the rollover trick again. Nice that they waited until the second OT to give the command so at least the game could be entertaining for awhile.

George P. Burdell

January 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

He certainly had an outstanding game as did Oliver. I haven’t been very positive about this team, and doubts remain, but they do seem to be playing better. I was particularly impressed with how sharp and crisp the passes were for most of the offensive sets, especially in the second half. One problem this team has to address is to figure out how to deal with a zone when Miller is resting or in foul trouble. If I’m coaching against Tech and Miller leaves, its a no-brainer to immediately go to the 2-3 zone and watch us run around cluelessly until we throw up a desparation shot from 5 feet beyond the line or turn it over. We’ve had plenty of issues as the season unfolds but I cannot understand how this has not been addressed already.

Andy

January 26th, 2011
12:43 pm

Get him on the court and he’s trouble. Messed around and got a triple double.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:44 pm

Ted,
Have you ever played in a small gym where everyone is screaming as loud as they can and directing their hostile yelling towards you?
Large sites are as bad or worse.
It takes some getting used to.
That is why winning on the road is so difficult.
This team is developing character and chemistry.
I am glad I have season tickets.
And I am not totally bummed that the negative people have left.
Addition by substraction?

ManUp...

January 26th, 2011
12:47 pm

I’m with you Jackets 2010-11. Naysayers and half-hearters bring the entire fan experience down.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:47 pm

My observation about 2-3 zones would be to bring it on.
We, especially Shumpert, certainly solved this one last night.

JSS

January 26th, 2011
12:48 pm

First, I’m going to complement Shumpert’s effort last night.That game personifies why the D-1 college game is so unwatchable. The complete “see-saw” in performance is just tragic on so many levels…

Still, what keeps this player from climbing up to a level of “domination” is what Price and Anderson had while collegiate players. They had the heart of a winner. You might beat their teams; but they would will every once of effort from their being to stop you…

Square Dance Love Song

January 26th, 2011
12:50 pm

Has he been arrested yet?

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:54 pm

Have you ever noticed on a football game blog at the occasional of any negative event, fire the assistant calls start. then if the coach would fire him, fire the coach. The the AD would fire the coach, fire the AD. If the AD won’t fire…
How high up the chain should I go?
There’s a fumble.
Fire the governor.
If it was up to bloggers of both fan bases after a loss, every adult with a job at the university would be out of work.

Jackets2010-11

January 26th, 2011
12:54 pm

I meant won’t instead of would.
Proof read dummy.
In too big a hurry to post.

Paul in RDU

January 26th, 2011
12:55 pm

Mark – I agree with you on Shumpert – he had a tremendous game last night on both ends of the court. He has shown great effort this year and he looks like an NBA player to me.
It may have been a better overall performance than Kenny’s but I look back fondly on that 1989 game in the Omni – it was the best offensive performance I have ever seen by a GT guard. The 3 pt shot by Dennis Scott from about 30 feet on the first play of the game didn’t hurt either.

GoJackets!

January 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

There’s a reason why Roy Williams wanted Shumpert badly. He’s shown it multiple times this season. But there’s still no consistency. He has all the tools that need to be a successful basketball player but for some reason he can’t bring it in every game. Some of it is his fault as he’s still young and learning but the majority of the blame has to go to coach Hewitt. This team has no business of losing to KSU and such. It’s frustrating to see Oliver or Rice can light up 20+ points in one game and score 4 points next game. The coach’s job is to adjust in game to get the best out of his players. Talent is there. For the sake of Tech Basketball, I hope Hewitt would be able to coach them up soon so they could get some road wins.