It is now official--the University of North Carolina has now officially become a player in the recruitment of 6'4 guard Iman Shumpert from Oak Park High School in Oak Park, IL, as they have extended a scholarship offer. Tarheel head coach Roy Williams followed Shumpert extensively throughout the Lebron James Skills Academy in Akron, OH and made the offer upon the camp's conclusion. In addition to North Carolina, Shumpert still has Illinois, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame and Bradley at the top of his list and has not yet begun to trim it any further.UPDATED
Per the Chicago Sun Times Preps blog, Shumpert said he's "going to give them (UNC) a closer look now. I said I would look at them more seriously if they offered me. I'm thinking of taking an unofficial visit there."
Anybody remember the Bobby Frasor recruiting saga? Well, this sounds familiar. Of course, Bobby Frasor is barely a role player at UNC these days. When Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington follow you to campus a year later -- cheerleading happens. There's nothing quite like being recruited over, class by class, on Chapel Hill.
Tom Crean has been all over Shumpert for a while -- we'll see if that sustained interest and commitment registers with the youngster from Oak Park/River Forest.