Iman Shumpert, a first-round pick by the New York Knicks, was recently featured on Hoopsworld.com:
âIt's gotten pretty big,â Shumpert told HOOPSWORLD. âI'll be in a random place and have people recognize me. I had it before, but now it's sort of worldwide because everybody knows the Knicks. A lot of people in different cities might say, âWhat's their mascot?' But everybody knows the Knicks so it's a little different. Everyone is asking me if I've talked to Chauncey, if I've talked to Amar'e or if I've talked to âMelo. It's exciting. My world has gotten really big, but I'm trying to keep it close with the people that I was with before being drafted.â
That's why he's back at the famed IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. This is where he worked out in the months prior to the draft. It was in this gym that he made his steady ascent up draft boards and solidified himself as a first-round pick. He continues to work with head trainer Dan Barto, who is helping him prepare for his rookie season.
âI'm just making sure that I get repetitions up on my jump shot, clean up my decision making and find the spots on the floor that I like to get to in order to score,â Shumpert said. âI want to make myself a more efficient player by the time the season starts.â
Shumpert continues to work on his three-point shot, which is more important than ever now that he'll be playing in New York under Mike D'Antoni.
âIt's feeling good,â Shumpert said. âI've been shooting at a high percentage and working with Dan Barto to make sure that I get a lot of reps. Even after our basketball workouts, I come back later on in the day to make sure I get extra reps up. I'm just getting adjusted to it being a couple of steps back. I've been making sure my legs are dead before shooting just to switch it up and get into that groove of shooting the ball from NBA three.â