By Michael O'Brien

City/Suburban Hoops Report publisher Joe Henrickson checks in on Shumpert

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"This is the perfect recruit for Illinois..."

On his game:

"You have to go back a ways if you're a college basketball fan, but he reminds me of former Georgetown great David Wingate on those great Hoyas teams in the 1980s..... I love his size and length for a two-guard, he's such a well-rounded scorer in that he has a capable mid-range game, uses his size, length and athleticism to get to the basket and finish and can stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.... He's constantly in the passing lanes, creating havoc on the defensive end. He uses his strengths (size, length) to such an advantage defensively.... And the thing about Shumpert is how much he's improved and elevated his game in the last 12 months. He's done so more than any other kid in this class and shows me has more upside and more improvement to come. I love his potential. I don't think it's far-fetched to say that Shumpert will have a better four-year college career than DeAndre Liggins just because of his scoring potential alone."

On Scout ranking Shumpert #15:

"I'm not surprised by Scout's ranking as it goes to show sometimes how crazy national rankings are and why I've been so critical of them in the past. These people don't see players play as much because they are national. So when a kid has a monster weekend (as Shumpert did in the King James event), they skyrocket. Shumpert wasn't nearly as impressive in Fort Wayne as he was in Akron, but he's still the same prospect in my eyes."

On Illinois:

"It will be interesting but you have to say this: Illinois was really the first high-major school that was on him early and and has stuck with him throughout. You keep hearing of Shumpert's loyalty to those schools that were first in line. This is the perfect recruit for Illinois, another "must" recruit for the Illini as they've not put themselves in position to land a player that has blossomed late on the national stage."

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